On 1/19/06, kitty.J wrote:
> On 12/28/05, Michael L wrote:
>> On 12/28/05, Stephanie wrote:
>>> Hi. I just bought a new budgie from a local pet store &
>>> I'm trying to figure out approximately how old he is.
>>> He's tiny, he actually fit through the bars of my big
>>> dage, so I've got him in a smaller budgie size cage.
>>> Anyway, he's still got pin feathers on is head and down on
>>> his breast but his tail & flight feathers are in.
>>> I used to have a conure & she ate a lot of fruits, should
>>> I give my budgie those as well?
>> I can't even entertain this as a legitimate post.
>> Your "new budgie" needs hand feeding formula, not fruit.
>> The "new budgie" is NOT weaned and probably will die if your
>> description of the bird is accurate.
>> Michael L
> Has the bird eaten??
> It should be on a parakeet mix, or finch mix. I use finch mix
> because my birds love the golden seed and the long canary
> seeds, and they usually will eat millet last and the black
> seed last. Yes fruits andveggies should be fed to your baby.
> You baby either sound very young, or is molting, or just got
> past the weaning stage. Did th epet store tell you you needed
> to handfeed, or was it obvious. I am not sure unless i take a
> peak at the bird, good luck
FOR STRTERS I THINK I'D TELL EVERYONE I KNOW NOT TO PURCHASE
BIRDS FROM THIS PET STORE....SOUNDS LIKE THEY HAVE NO ETHICS IF
YOUR DISCRIPTION IS ACURATE. THIS BABY SOUNDS AS THOUGH HE IS
ONLY ABOUT 4 OR 5 WEEKS OLD. BY 6 WEEKS THEY HAVE USUALLY GROWN
THE FEATHERS OUT AND OTHER THAN THE BARS ON THE HEAD WOULD BE
VERY DIFFICULT TO TELL FROM AN ADULT BIRD. NO BIRD SHOULD EVER
BE SOLD AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE AS THEY LIKELY DON'T KNOW HOW TO
FEED THEMSELVES YET AND DO REQUIRE HANDFEEDING (DIFFICULT FOR
SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER DONE IT) AT ANY RATE THE FACT IS THAT YOU
HAVE THIS LITTLE GUY ALREADY AND HE NEEDS YOUR CARE TO SURVIVE.
IF HE HASN'T EATEN YET I WOULD SUGGEST YOU GET HIM TO A VET ASAP
AND HAVE THEM SHOW YOU HOW TO HAND FEED. AT LEAST FOR A COUPLE
OF WEEKS. OFTEN BY 4 TO 5 WEEKS THE BABIES WILL HAVE COME OUT OF
THE NEST BOX AND THE FATHER WILL BE FEEDING THEM UNTIL AROUND 6
TO 7 WEEKS...JUST DEPENDS ON THE DEMANDS PLACED ON HIM HOW LONG
HE WILL DO THIS. IF YOUR BABY IS EATING , IT IS VERY IMPORTANT
THET YOU MAKE SURE HE HAS PLENTY OF FRESH FOOD AND WATER
AVAILABLE. WATCH HIM CAREFULLY AND FEEL HIS CROP OFTEN TO MAKE
SURE THERE IS FOOD KEPT IN IT. IT SHOULD FEEL FAIRLY PLUMP IF HE
IS EATING. I WOULD HOLD OFF ON VEGGIES FOR A FEW DAYS AT LEAST
TILL YOU SEE IF HE IS EATING SEED WELL. ONCE YOU KNOW HE IS
DOING WELL WITH THAT THEN YOU CAN BRING VEGGIES INTO THE PITURE.
FRUIT ISN'T SOMETHING BUDGIES EAT MUCH OF IN THE WILD AND TENDS
TO MAKE THE BOWELS VERY LOOSE SO USE YOUR BEST JUDGEMENT HERE.
VEGGIES SHOULD BE CUT UP AND OFFERED EVERYDAY OR AT LEAST THREE
TIMES A WEEK. GREEN VEGGIES ARE GREAT...BROCCOLLI, SPROUTS,
PEPPERS, PARSLEY, SPINICH...ALL RAW AND CUT. ANYWAY, HOPE THIS
HELPED YOU AND LET US KNOW HOW THINGS ARE GOING. JILL