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Re: i feel like such a screw up

Posted by Meeko's Mom on 1/20/07
(11) Comments

    Jill, where are you located? Find a breeder in your area to
    demonstrate handfeeding to you.

    On 1/20/07, jill wrote:
    > sorry i didn't mean to cause a scean. i feel so awful about the
    > whole thing. i was just so nervous about hand feeding. i don't
    > have anyone here that can show me how and if i mess it up then
    > it's the babies that suffer. i threw out the old shavings and put
    > in new dry one's. not that it matters now since babies aren't in
    > the box. i do put the goodies on the bottom of the cage so all the
    > birds can get into them and eat but haven't seen the babies
    > messing around the dish. i guess maybe i could put an ad in the
    > local paper for someone that hand feeds to help me. once i've
    > actually seen it done i just know i can pick it right up.
    > i do so appreciate everyone's two cents. all oppinions are taken
    > in even if it sometimes doesn't seem like it. i am here to learn
    > and think that you all are good people with good methods that work
    > well for you and your birds. my babies are very friendly...even
    > though they don't have alot of feathers. they will be staying here
    > with me for the rest of thier days reguardless. and hopefully mom
    > will let them alone now that they are no longer in the box.
    > perhaps i will learn a good hand feeding method before i allow
    > another clutch and i won't have such a woesome tail the next time.
    > thanks again all for your advice, jill
    > On 1/20/07, LindaC in OK wrote:
    >> I do feel strongly that the spoon is not natural and I have that
    >> right.
    >> Too many don't check temp of formula and I am an advocate for
    >> checking water temp and again after formula is mixed and temp
    >> maintained with putting the container in a crock of hot water. I
    >> did a check on my wrist as some say is okay for an experiment
    >> and the formula was at 120 degrees. Did that so I could know
    >> for myself that checking is so important.
    >> Also tried the spoon but nope it isn't for me nor for my birds.
    >> As to species I have fed the quakers, tiels, lovies and keets
    >> have thrived here. My daughters CAG was fed with a larger
    >> syringe and that was a hoot.
    >> The way I collar a baby with my left hand leaves my pointer
    >> finger at an angle to support the syringe that is in my right
    >> hand, therefore the syringe is not resting on the beak. Pretty
    >> simple to me.
    >> My facts are straight. The 'many' babys that I have fed, cuddled
    >> and socialized are proof of that. They've grown into wonderful,
    >> non screaming, adults.
    >> Hope you don't attack everyone here this way. There's some nice
    >> people here, including me.