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Re: baby cockatiel

Posted by LindaC in OK on 7/10/08
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    An incubator is where eggs are hatched in some cases and a
    brooder is where babys go when they are handfed. I pull all
    babys at 10 days or younger if needed. I started with a single
    large wide plastic drawer then went to the 3 drawer unit with
    so many babys hatched here. On the bottom of the drawer goes
    a heating pad ONLY set on low to maintain temp of 82/85F then
    a cotton towel then 2 inches of Aspen Wood Shavings by kaytee.
    Babys need to be in a brooder for comfort until about 7 weeks
    old especially at night. Sometimes for a long afternoon nap.
    The length of time to keep the heating pad going depends on
    area and outside temps. A margarine container of water with
    holes in the lid is great for humidity needed. Again this
    differs with area and outside humidity.

    Rather than home remedies I would suggest a vet always first
    if it is more than just a scratch. A quick swipe with aloe
    vera plant leaf for a scratch. Please don't use a styptic
    product they burn and hurt. The parents do try to get rid of
    older birds so they can mate and have more babys.

    Weaning is from 10 to 12 weeks old. There are a few instances
    of earlier but not usually. Babys are introduced to all foods
    during this process. I put millet spray in the brooder at
    about 3 1/2 weeks old and it's the first real food they see
    plus their first perch. By 4 to 4 1/2 weeks old they should
    be having a good seed mix plus all the healthy veggies
    imaginable.

    I know this post is a couple months old. Sure hope the wee
    one did okay.

    LindaC