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Re: Question on what to do with eggs

Posted by Mickie on 5/21/06
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    On 5/17/06, Andie wrote:
    > On 5/16/06, Mickie wrote:
    >> That's interesting, the parent raised /socialized babies turned out
    >> better pets? I might want to go that route, I know my lovies wouldn't
    >> mind my playing with the baby but I'm worried about taking full
    >> responsability for the feeding and I may confuse them by co-parenting
    >> because it's just one baby. I helped my traveling friend once when he had
    >> to go on a business trip suddenly and his lovies had just hatched four
    >> babies. I did the co-parenting thing but I did two babies at a time so the
    >> parents always had two babies with them. In a few days I will have to make
    >> a decission, maybe when the baby is around 15 days old. I will post again
    >> when this happens.
    >> Mickie
    > I will try to compare it to a larger animal so maybe it will be easier to
    > understand....
    > When horses have babies the parents teach them how to behave around other
    > horses. They're taught what is too rough, what biting is, what kicking is,
    > and so on. They learn this from their mothers and the other horses.
    > This is just my opinion for smaller birds. I wouldn't try this with a
    > species. I think it's similar for the birds. Our handfed babies had no
    > manners. They bit a lot and it was up to us to teach them that that was
    > wrong. The socialized babies never bit us more than just to taste our
    > fingers. I would say that the handfed babies were a bit more outgoing, but
    > both loved to be on and around us. When we socialized the babies we did it
    > couple of times a day, for increasing lengths of time as the babies grew
    > feathers. We hung them upside down, layed them on their backs, pulled their
    > wings, played with their feet, did everything we could think of to them from
    > early on. I will say that the handfed babies stay tame longer. If you
    > play with the socialized ones regularly they will start to debond (can't
    > think of another word for it). That wasn't an issue for us though as we
    > they would get played with every day. Right now we have some of the handfed
    > ones and socialized ones in our aviary, where they don't get hands on
    > attention everyday, and the handfed ones are more tame over the 6 months
    > they've been in there. If I catch one of the socialized ones they still
    > won't bite me, they just don't want to be held. The handfed ones bite but
    > want to be held. It's a mess! Well, time for bed. Have fun with your baby
    > and start handling it now! Here's a pic from the first clutch.
    > Andie

    Hi Andie,

    Your babies are beautiful,the difference in size is huge, what's the age
    difference? My baby lovie is 21 days old today, his name is Trooper, he's 35
    grams, looks huge and his feathers are very dark. I finally made up my mind to
    handfeed him with help from the parents.
    I was very nervous, so the first day which was Friday I only fed him once and
    let the parents handle the rest of the feedings. Yesterday and today I did two
    feedings, noon and evening. The parents are so good they actually let me put
    my hands in the nest and take him out. The baby lifts his neck all the way up
    when he hears my voice. I'm so in love with this baby. More later.