On 11/10/05, Rowena wrote:
> Need to pick your brain!! Momma keet has 2 two week old
> hatchlings in box, just hatched another egg last night! I
> don't think she's feeding it, got it pushed off to the side
> of the nest box away from it's siblings and it's crop looks
> empty. I have some societies on new hatchlings right now,
> will/can they foster a keet baby? I've had them foster
> other finch hatchlings but don't know about a keet baby.
> Need to do something real soon, don't know how to
> handfeed. Ideas???????!!!!!
Can you try putting the baby back next to the other two?
Often times parent birds will fixate on feeding a finite
number of babies. If more hatch they are ignored and pushed
aside. There could also be something wrong with the little
one that is not apparent to you, but is to the parents.
As far as fostering under a softbill, such as a Society, I
would think the feeding response wold be very different than
that of a hookbill.
Personally, before I'd move it to the Society pair, I'd try
moving it back in with the other two chicks.
If you're unable to hand feed, you really don't have another
Best of luck.