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Re: Hi Evelyn. to LindaC

Posted by Evelyn on 5/14/07
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    Thanks for the info, ... How much papaya do you put in the formula?

    Sorry to be a bother! I just don't want to get the wrong dilutions and harm
    the babies!

    On 5/14/07, LindaC in OK wrote:
    > Papaya is acidic and helps clear the crop 'sometimes' when slow. I would
    > only use it in formula now and then.
    > When I use GSE it is only for 1 formula feeding a day because it eats up
    > the good bacteria along with the bad so it can't be used more than that.
    > If a day goes by without using it that's okay too. clik on the link to see
    > uses and ratio.
    > I don't use GSE for cleaning cages but I have used a couple drops in
    > veggie cleaning. For cleaning cages I stay with my 1/2 white vinegar/1/2
    > water always handy in spray bottles.
    > ACV I give to adult birds once a month. 5 drops in 8 oz of drinking water
    > just for one day. When nest boxes go up early spring I give the parents
    > to be that ratio for 3 days straight to help flush out any minor
    > bacteria. I might give it again for one day just before babys hatch.
    > time to feed these little q babys. fun fun
    > ((( )))
    > LindaC
    > ps This next I posted on another group to a lady with a friends baby that
    > had air in the crop. Maybe you can get some good from it. No avian vet in
    > her area. sadly the baby didn't make it.
    > **********
    > This could be a bacteria passed on by parents. If parents 'are' still
    > feeding other babys I would give them 2 or 3 drops of apple cider vinegar
    > in 8 oz of drinking water for 3 days.
    > If the parents 'are not' feeding babys I would give them 5 drops of acv in
    > 8 oz of water for 3 days. Either way do this 1 day a month to help flush
    > out any minor bacteria as a preventative.
    > IF this baby and others were being hand fed could be temp of formula not
    > consistent. I feed at 105/107. I heat water in the microwave for 25
    > seconds in a glass measuring cup to about 109 .. by the time I mix it
    > with formula it is down to feeding temp. Microwaves are all different on
    > timing. If too cool can cause crop problems. If too hot babys will get
    > crop burn. I check 'each' time with a meat thermometer. I truly never
    > guess or just check with a finger or on my wrist. (I did it as an
    > experiment one time and water was 120) That's pretty scarey.
    > Could be the formula was too thick. This too will cause crop problems.
    > Washing feeding syringe with hot soapy water and rinsing well each time
    > helps also as it does to do with any hygiene issue.
    > Formula temp and body temp of babys work together to help digestion.
    > Brooder for a 10 day onward would be 82/85 if the house is about 72. (I
    > don't have my a/c's going yet and today is in the mid 80's so I turned off
    > the heating pad for the afternoon. Will turn it on again soon)