Sorry I missed this thread before I posted the other one =D.
I wish I could help you in detail. We kept daily records
when we handfed our lovies because there wasn't anything on
the web as far as growth charts and all. All my paperwork
from that is in storage because we lost our house in Katrina
It sounds as though he's on schedule from what I can remember
as far as weight gain goes. I would call and ask a vet to
make sure. His crop should empty completely between
feedings. If you are feeding him a lot I would skip a
feeding and go back and see if they fed him or not. If
you're on a schedule feeding him they might be too. I didn't
co-feed so I'm not sure how shedule bound they are as far as
that's concerned. Make sure you have soft foods available
for them to feed him. Don't feed anything that's hard for a
baby to break down like leafy greens. They can sit in the
crop for longer than they need to.
He should be starting to explore food on his own now. This
could be another reason the parents aren't feeding him as
much. This is an excerpt from one of the handfeeding
resources I have.
Here's a sample menu for 4-week-old lovebirds:
Monday: Cheerios, sunflower sprouts, pea shoots, millet
Tuesday: Seed mix, Roudybush pellets, cooked corn niblets and
carrots (chopped to bite size)
Wednesday: Wheatgrass, millet, Exact pellets
Thursday: Cooked quinoa or brown rice with sprouted beans and
seeds, Cheerios, pellets
Friday: Cooked sweet potato (mashed) with corn niblets mixed
in, seed mix, sunflower sprouts
You get the picture. This way, food is not something strange
and scary-it's something to peak their curiousity.
The time frame will be a little different because the baby is
with parents, but he should start to venture out of the nest
and try some foods on his own.
I wish I had my paperwork to help you more, but I hope this
does. I would work on letting him perch when you handle
him. As soon as he can balance himself start working on it.
How is his tameness?
On 5/31/06, Mickie wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> My baby lovie, Trooper is 25 five days old. I have been co-
> parenting and feed him three times a day. I was going to
> let him stay with the parents but everytime I check on him
> I notice his crop is empty, so I don't know if the parents
> are feeding him enough, he seems healthy and weighs 54
> grams. I want to pull him out today but need to know, how
> many times should he be fed at this age. Thank you all.