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Re: Pulling Babies

Posted by Michael L on 2/17/06
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    On 2/17/06, Becky wrote:
    > I have another question. I read that lovebirds feed their
    > babies on their backs the first few days after hatching.
    > But I had a friend tell me that I could pull the babies
    > sooner then 10 days for handfeeding. I do not want to deal
    > with feeding them if they have to be feed on their backs.
    >
    > Does anyone have a schedule for feeding that they could
    > share with me? I pulled 2 babies yesterday because the
    > last of 6 eggs hatched and I was afraid it would be too
    > much for mom and dad. I am feeding them 5 times during the
    > day stating at 7 and ending at 11. I do not know when to
    > cut back. Is it the same as tiels? I have handfed 2
    > clutches of tiels now and all went fine.

    My first comment would be "why would you want to pull them so
    soon?"
    Even if you pulled the oldest two at two weeks, that would
    lighten the load on the parents.
    I pull in multiples of two when I have a clutch of six or
    more.
    The babies benefit from the food that the parents provide and
    pulling sooner does nothing to make them any better or more
    tame as pets.
    The only time I can see to pull sooner is if there are
    problems with the birds or the parents are not doing a good
    job with the feeding.

    Michael L