To own a parrot is one of lifes great pleasures
We are a home based loving environment for pet parrots of all sizes. All babies are given plenty of love and hands on attention.
With over 22 years of handfeeding experience our babies are socialized from hatch and continue to interact with people on a daily basis. We can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are located in Southeastern Louisiana and feel that when picking a baby bird you should visit with the baby and make sure it is the right parrot for you. However, we do understand this is not always possible and will ship out of New Orleans, LA.
All baby birds are Polyoma Virus vaccinated. You will know the exact date of hatch, band number and age the vaccine injections were given. This information will be documented on a Polyoma Virus Vaccine Certificate.
You will also be given a written and signed contract allowing you time to bring the bird to an avian vet for a health exam. If you are from our area and bring the bird in yourself, an exam will be provided free of charge by our avian vet.
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Wing Clipping is not a difficult procedure but does require one to know about the possibility of bleeding and injury. Before you clip the wings make sure no blood feathers will be cut. Always have something on hand to stop bleeding if needed.
We would recommend having the procedure demonstrated by your breeder or vet before you attempt on your own.
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This is a question I get asked on a regular basis.
Handfeeding a baby parrot requires alot of time and dedication. You must feed on a schedule and also feed a certain amount of formula at a specific temperature. There is also a certain technique to handfeeding.
If you make the commitment; you can learn. Never take a baby parrot home without having lessons on how to handfeed. If you do not feel comfortable DO NOT take the baby home. Have the breeder continue to feed and continue to have lessons until you are comfortable.
Through this web page I can not teach you how to handfeed. In my opinion it must be "hands on".
I can list a few things that can help:
Do not feed your baby on a counter or table. Feed on the floor. When the feeding response starts the baby may "pump" very hard. This can lead to the baby ending up on the floor if you are not prepared for the strenght of the "pump".
Make sure your formula is mixed very well, according to the directions on the package. I do not add anything to my formula. It has been produced with everything needed to help your baby bird grow into a healthy bird. More harm then good usually comes from adding ingredients to the formula.
Start feeding at a temperature between 105 and 107 degrees. If you feed at a temperature to low; bacteria will grow in the crop. If you feed at a temperature to high; you will burn the crop and surgery will be required.
If you are using a microwave to warm the formula make sure you stir well to remove all "hot spots".
The babies crop must be empty in the morning before you feed and should empty in between each feeding. When feeding large parrots the crop may not completely empty during the day but must empty overnight.
Feeding technique must be seen in person. Set up a time for lessons with the breeder and get "hands on" experience.
I have feeding schedules for each species I feed that explains how much formula to feed per day and how many times to feed per day.
At the first sign of problems get the baby to a Certified Avian Vet. Have this name and phone number before you purchase the baby. The breeder should have one if you don't. Your breeder should be able to answer most of your questions but have the vet name and number ready.
We all started without experience and had to learn. It is not difficult but you must be dedicated and be prepared to listen to your breeder.
Handfeeding does not create a better bond with the bird. If you have a good breeder your weaned parrot will be well socialized and adapt to his new home without problems.
Handfeed because you want to learn; not to save a few dollars. It can cost you a lot in the long term if you do not do it correctly.
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