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Weaning Tips? (4 week old parrotlet)

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Old 01-02-2017, 07:38 AM   #1
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Red face Weaning Tips? (4 week old parrotlet)

Bernie is 4 weeks old and I'm handfeeding him every 6 hours. He also has water, pellets, and a fine baby finch food available all the time. He likes to pick up a pellet, play with it, and then drop it.

During feedings he is a great eater and I actually have to stop him before he's done begging because his crop will get too full otherwise.

I worry that he will cling to the handfeeding though. What tips and advice do you guys have for a baby this young?

At what age should he be both eating foods and formula?
Should I feed him at different intervals as he grows?
What sorts of foods do you offer that are successfully taken?
Should I expect him to be totally weaned around 6 weeks?

Also keep in mind that he is my only bird at the moment so he doesn't have siblings to learn from. I suspect that will make the process longer.

Thanks in advance!
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I can only offer that I have helped hand feed babies at our local store. The babies will always come begging for food even after they have been fed.

they look so silly with their big crops and pinny feathers and big feet and little cries...
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Tumi didn't wean until 10 weeks, and he wasn't an only bird. Some birds just like being snuggly babies longer than others. I wouldn't try to force it. Tumi was just getting an evening feeding at that point, but he really liked it. Silly boy.
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My babies are hand fed from two weeks old and at about 3 to 3 1/2 weeks, even though still hand feeding their formula, I put millet and a little dish of Miracle Meal in the brooder. They start munching on those, but actually eat very little early on. At 4 to 5 weeks, they are offered other soft foods as well, and they begin to also try out their regular seed mixes....always having millet available. Hand feeding is gradually tapered off and often, by 6 to 6 1/2 weeks, they are refusing hand feeding. A few still want an evening hand feeding between 6 and 7 weeks, and I monitor weight every day to be sure there is no drastic weight loss during the transition stage. I can always intervene with a hand feeding if this occurs, but it has been only a rare occurrence for me.
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