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    Hand Feeding Baby Birds

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Feeding baby birds is an important and quite challenging task. Experts say that hand feeding baby birds develops a bond between the bird and the feeder. When you start to give food to a baby bird you must stick to the routine of four times each day for at least 2 months. See the following guide if you are looking to hand feed baby birds. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    •    First, select a suitable space in which you will feed the baby bird. The surface should be flat and must not be drafty. Place a towel onto the surface so that the baby bird has something to cling onto and keep warm in.  

    •    Mix some baby bird formula and make sure it is at the correct temperature, as instructed on the packet’s label.  If the formula is too hot, you could be damaging the chick’s throat; too cold, and baby birds will struggle to digest it.

    •    Suck the formula into an eye dropper or syringe and gently touch it on the beak of the baby bird. The bird’s feeding response should be triggered. This could be a challenge at first, but eventually baby birds will cooperate. Feeding baby birds should always be done from the left side of the beak (your right side) as this prevents formula entering the lungs. If you are not successful at first, keep trying until the bird opens up.

    •    The best way to know how much to feed the bird is to inspect the throat area when feeding. If it bulges out a little and feels a bit like a water balloon the bird has had enough food. Do not feed more than this as you could cause an injury, infection or even kill the baby bird.

    •    Once you have given the correct amount of food, you should clean up the face, beak, chest and feet of the chick with a damp cloth or tissue. Thoroughly wash out the feeding utensils and the surrounding area for the best hygiene.

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