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Re: A little help please....

Posted by Mrs. Bird on 1/10/08
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    On 1/10/08, Darcie wrote:
    > I have had fed Macaws and Too's, but I've never actually
    > raised them and watched them go through the process. It's
    > difficult and time consuming, but also kind of enjoyable.
    >
    > Brooders...I don't have, do you have a website of a good one?
    > Or a recommendation of a good one?
    >
    >
    > On 1/10/08, Mrs. Bird wrote:
    >> On 1/10/08, Darcie wrote:
    >>> I recently acquired a pair of Greenwing Macaws. They are
    >>> breeder birds, and not at all used to humans holding them.
    >>> Though the female has calmed down to not lunge at me
    >>> evertime I come near the cage and she is actually letting
    >>> me scratch her head when I put her plate of "freshies" as
    >>> she calls them in her and her mate's cage.
    >>>
    >>> Apparently though...I didn't take off their nest box quick
    >>> enough and now I have a clutch of 2 eggs. The lady I got
    >>> them from came over to take a look at them and she brought
    >>> a machine that detects heartbeats within the egg? I
    >>> thought it was weird, but she told me that they are
    >>> fertile.
    >>>
    >>> I'm not one to kill something, Even if it is an unborn
    >>> little birdie. My hen is still sitting on them and acting
    >>> very proud of herself, and her mate is bringing her the
    >>> freshies straight to her door.
    >>>
    >>> Though...I've been told she will feed them, but I'm not
    >>> interested in having any more macaws. I have briefly
    >>> handfed before and I know about burning their crop, or
    >>> infections, but..when should I take the babies from their
    >>> mother? And where do I get the bands to put on their legs
    >>> to prove they were hatched here in the US?
    >>>
    >>> If there is a breeder out there that could give me a
    >>> little help on getting started I would really appreciate
    >>> it. I'm not looking to do this again and their nest box is
    >>> coming off after these hatch...but....what exactly do I
    >>> need to make sure I help to raise some healthy chicks??
    >>
    >> I'm not sure what you mean by "briefly handfed before," but
    >> you either are familiar or you're not. Not to sound harsh,
    >> but hand feeding is for the experienced.
    >>
    >> At this point you should be giving the pair lots of fresh
    >> foods which would consist of fresh vegetables, cooked bean
    >> mix, hard-cooked eggs (shell and all), etc. You want them
    > to
    >> have all the necessary foods for themselves as well as be
    >> accustomed to these foods to feed their chicks. You would
    >> want to include higher calcium foods such as broccoli, kale,
    >> mustards, etc.
    >>
    >> Disturb them as little as possible so as to not make them
    >> nervous.
    >>
    >> You can order bands for your chicks from L&M leg bands.
    >> There are other companies out there, but this is who I use.
    >>
    >> You can pull the babies for hand feeding at about 3 weeks of
    >> age or a wee bit sooner if you like.
    >>
    >> You'll need a brooder to keep them warm, and of course, a
    >> good hand feeding mix. I use Kaytee Exxact.
    >>
    >> Temperature of the hand feeding formula is probably one of
    >> the biggest issues you'll face. I like around 108 degrees.
    >> Too cool and you invite crop stasis and infection. Too hot
    >> and you'll be off to the vet with burned crop. Use a
    >> thermometer.
    >>
    >> If this seems more than you are willing to take on you might
    >> consider selling the chicks out of the nest to an
    > experienced
    >> hand feeder. Just a suggestion.
    >>
    >> Good luck,
    >> Mrs. Bird
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    If you don't intend to continue breeding, buying a good brooder
    would not be worth your money. They are expensive.

    I would hesitate to use a heating pad under an aquarium, which so
    many do, but really don't have another suggestion.

    Maybe someone will come along.

    If you do decide you want to purchase a brooder, use your search
    engine and type in bird or parrot brooder and you will get many
    choices.