Hand Rearing Baby Birds
Tips for Rearing Baby Birds
Hand rearing baby birds can be a difficult task even for the most experienced of bird owners. Every bird has different needs, so you’ll need to approach bird care with an open mind when it comes to looking after baby birds.
%%AFC-ADVERT%% Firstly, let’s exploring the benefits of hand rearing and feeding baby birds. Perhaps the biggest advantage of this process is the opportunity for bonding it provides between bird and owner. With successful hand rearing, once a bird moves towards maturity, it’ll have complete trust in your presence and will make for a far more enjoyable pet than an untamed bird that shows no desire to socialise.
Baby birds are extremely fragile, and will require specialist care to ensure they make the smooth transition to adulthood. You’ll have to feed baby birds very carefully to ensure growth is stimulated and ensure the bird stays protected from any dangerous ailments or diseases.
You should only begin to care for a bird after a couple of weeks – ideally, a baby bird should be left to nest with the mother for at least three weeks after birth, as the mother is in the best place to provide the care needed to see the baby birds through this period.
After three weeks, place the baby into a safe nesting environment, safely out of reach from other animals and away from the cold. This nest should be as warm as possible to aid growth – in fact, the time it takes for feathers to appear can often depend on the temperature of the nesting area.
Once the baby bird seems settled, you can focus on the feeding process – read on to learn more.
How to Feed Baby Birds
In the early stages of feeding, you’ll need to use a specialist bird formula as baby birds will struggle to ingest solid items. Head to your nearest pet shop to find out which type of bird formula is appropriate for your baby birds.
Administering the formula can be tricky, and you’ll need to make sure you have a steady hand so the bird is not put in danger. Use a syringe to drop a tiny amount of formula into the beak of the bird. Ensure the beak is open at a wide enough angle so the food goes down. Be extremely careful with the process of feeding baby birds .
Stay consistent with the feeding routine in the first couple of weeks – you’ll need to feed baby birds roughly four times a day at appropriate intervals. As the bird begins to develop, you can begin to cut this down to two or three times a day. After eight weeks, a bird can be fed once a day.
Finally, baby birds will have to be assessed every day to ensure they have not fallen prey to illness or disease – if the bird seems to be displaying any outward signs of discomfort, it’s essential to contact an avian vet as soon as possible.
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