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Re: Handfeeding & Weaning

Posted by majormitchells on 10/02/05
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    On 9/30/05, Fran wrote:
    > On 9/29/05, Dawn wrote:
    >> I posted on this website a few times and got great
    >> responses to my questions and now I am looking for more
    >> advice. I have an umbrella who was hatched 1-10-05. She
    >> is still handfeeding once a day as well as receiving her
    >> pellets, safflower seeds, fresh veggies and other various
    >> foods. I am trying to get her off of the one feeding and
    >> get her to eat on her own but am not having much luck. I
    >> was told to buy a gram scale to ensure that she is not
    >> losing weight while I am withholding the formula. How
    > much
    >> weight is too much for her to lose?? The first time I
    >> weighed her she was 1.475 lb/oz. She has since lost less
    >> than a 1/2 once but she cries to eat. It is not a loud
    > cry
    >> or even a painful cry. It is a low, sad and pitiful cry.
    >> When I give her the handfeeding she bobs like she has not
    >> eaten in weeks. I haven't gone more than two days without
    >> the baby food. Someone please help. Is she wanting the
    >> handfeeding because of the comfort level. Am I ok to let
    >> her cry, is she overweight, underweight. Please help. I
    >> am one of those unsuspecting people that was sold a U2 by
    > a
    >> pet store at a discounted price because I agreed to hand
    >> feed her. I love my bird dearly and want the best for her
    >> so I am begging for help. I have tried contacting the
    >> stores but they are not much help.
    > Dawn, I don't have any personal experience with weaning a
    > cockatoo (my umbrella was an adult when she came to live
    > with me) but I have found an article that may help you.
    > (link below) Hopefully someone will post with some hints
    > that have worked for them. Cockatoos are more "emotional"
    > and tend to be more needy. I think this is an important time
    > for you and your 'too to establish a relationship and help
    > the bird develope the emotional tools she will need in her
    > lifetime. The weaning period is very important, therefore
    > you don't want to wean too abruptly (as many breeders do).
    > NOrmally Umbrellas weigh between 450 and 800 grams. Mine is
    > on the small side at 520 grams. If you convert pounds to
    > grams that will give you an idea of her weight and you can
    > monitor her loss. On one feeding a day, I don't think she
    > should be losing, but maintaining. Now is also a good time
    > to get established with a good avian vet.
    > I think it is good that your bird is being weaned in a
    > loving environment with you. Make sure you are meeting her
    > emotional needs with cuddling and attention as you decrease
    > the feedings. I'm glad you have found this wonderful bird
    > and all the best to you in providing her with a caring home.
    > Please post with your progress. Check out this link.

    What happens during weaning when going past the normal
    weaning period for the average cockatoo lets call it 4 months
    they will do this, Kinda like you miss parrot weaned and now
    your working on a second breath, This can go on for up to
    a year.What your doing is exactly correct keep on it and there
    is no way out, Probably the problem is not alowing to fledge
    causes this its not a bad thing but it might be for a breeder
    with a customer waiting for the bird.