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Re: Baby Trooper

Posted by Andie on 6/02/06
(3) Comments

    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.
    > Mickie