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How old is my baby lorikeet?

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I picked up a baby lorikeet who was on the ground, had some dried blood under his wings, and had ants eating him up, including on his eyes. It is now a week later and he is doing so well. He had lice but they seem to have disappeared after one spray of mite/lice spray, and he is eating a lot of the nectar formula (and fruit) several times a day.

He cannot fly yet and he spends most of his time in his warm cosy box, wrapped up in my dressing gown, with a hot water bottle underneath. Today he began pruning himself, so I think he is feeling happier. He used to squawk angrily every time someone came near hiam. Now he whines or cheeps or something like that every time someone is near, but it is less angry sounding. It sounds like a cry, not the chatter sounds of adult lorikeets.

I was just wondering how old he might be and when I can expect him to attempt to fly? Also, when do I need to get him a friend? I work full time, and I know how important it will be for him to have company eventually. He has begun to stretch his wings a lot! (He is in my profile picture)
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My black capped lory still makes the squeaking sound and he's coming up to a year old. He does it whenever he has an empty crop and has finished his food. I don't leave food in constantly all day because it spoils so fast!

Judging from the photo, he only looks like he's a couple of weeks old though, maybe 6? However he should start to fly fairly soon. They exercise their wings for quite a while, sitting on the spot like little helicopters

You don't have to get him a friend necessarily and in some cases lories and lorikeets can be very aggressive towards other birds. It would be a risk, if they didn't get on you'd just have to keep them apart. You could get any other bird in your home for somebody for him to talk to though my lory absolutely hates other birds, and it's a shame because I wanted to get him a buddy

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Where are you located? You need to take this baby to a Wildlife Rehabilitator, it is illegal to keep a wild baby bird.

If you are in Australia, I would be very careful as a lot of the wild Lorikeets carry PBFD (Beak and Feather Disease, which can be passed onto other birds).
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Figlet he is about 6 to 8 weeks old. He may have tried to fly too early and hit the ground. Not an uncommon problem with Rainbow Lorikeets. He also may have been attacked by other birds during that time. Probably Noisy Miners, they are very aggressive little birds.

DO NOT HAND HIM OVER TO WIRES. They assume immediately with Lorikeets that are not fully feathered that they have Beak and Feather Disease and will more than likely put him down. They are not on a licence anymore so you don't need one to keep him. I do not approve of catching birds from the wild but this is a different circumstance. If you had not stepped in he would not have survived. I have been given a number of Rainbow Lorikeets from the local vet when they could not be returned to the wild. And because this baby has to be hand raised he will probably have difficulty finding his natural food in the wild. The incidence of Beak and Feather with lorikeets is not as widespread as we are led to believe. Often feather loss is due to rough play and not disease. But this is a baby bird and is not fully feathered yet.

You can roughly tell the age of a Rainbow by the beak. When they are hatched their beak is black and it gradually changes colour as they grow changing to full orange colouring at around 12 weeks of age, sometimes a bit later or a bit earlier.
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Thanks everyone.

I am in Western Australia. I can't release him into the wild because a) it's illegal and b) he'd only have a 10% chance of survival, based on what I've read. I took him to the vet when I first got him and they told me that I either had to keep him or they would euthanise him, because that is their legal obligation because lorikeets are considered pests here.
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I had a feeling you were in WA and yes I am aware that they are feral over there and have to be euthanised if handed in. I hope you are planning to keep him. They make wonderful pets. Keep spoon feeding him as long as you can so that he will tame down as best as possible. Then the more you play with him will keep him quiet. Also make sure the cage you have him in has clips on all the doors so that he can't open them. They are really good at opening doors and escaping.
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I'm glad you came accross the little fellow when you did, thats a very lucky bird I'm sure he/she will be amusing you with its antics for many years to come!
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Yes I intend to keep him. The only thing I worry about is him not having any company during the day when I work I know some birds get aggressive, but would it be kindest for me to get him another baby Lori as a friend?
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I would suggest getting some blood work done if not already, you need to know if he has PBFD and also Psittacosis at the very least.
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Tamsin just make sure he has plenty of toys to play with. Lorikeets like swings. Also some very cheap things make good toys. Things like the cardboard centre from the toilet paper, they love that. Easy to replace when destroyed. Another favourite toy for mine has been an empty soft drink can. Other toys need to be fairly solid. Bells need to be stainless steel and not really small ones. Balls with bells in them are enjoyed also, but not the flimsy ones often given to cats, the plastic part needs to be thick. There used to be one available called a Bell Roller, instead of being round it was more like a tube with a bell in the centre, because of the bars they could pick it up and throw it.
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Thanks Kate.

I've just noticed this morning that when he stretches his wings, one wing fully extends, but the other wing shakes and remains bent. Is it likely to be broken?

If it is broken, will it heal on its own? Is it likely to be causing him pain?

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Hi Figlet - It does sound like it may be broken, but I think the vet you first took him to would have picked that up pretty quickly, so maybe not.... Or did the vet not examine him, just give you your options? I'd be pretty disappointed with that vet if that was the case.

Are you able to take the bird to a vet and get an exray or have him examined again? He could be in pain, I have no idea about pain management in birds though, sorry.

Wish I could be more help, hope it works out for you.
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It does sound like he has injured his wing, probably in the fall. It may just be ligament damage or a break. Birds bones heal very quickly particularly when they are young. So it is probably too late for any type of treatment. Trying to re-break the wing would only make matters worse. I have had 3 or 4 here that have had wing injuries and couldn't fly, which is why the vet gave them to me as they could not go back to the wild. There probably wouldn't be any pain from the wing now. He may get some use of the wing back with time, a couple of mine did.
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Great thanks everyone. It doesn't bother me if he can't fly, since I'd have to clip his wings anyway. Just as long as he's not in pain!
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