JUVENILE HAND-FEEDING FORMULA
A Certified Organic Complete Balanced Hand-Feeding Formula for Parrot ChicksUSES For hand-feeding psittacine chicks until weaning.
To follow the feeding of Neonate Formula for selected parrots (see below).
For birds recovering from illness or injuries and birds losing weight during a diet conversion.
From day 1 for pionus, African greys, Amazons, cockatoos, conures and macaws.
From day 7 for other parrots.
From day 21 for cockatiels (see prior to day 21).
Caution: The correct feeding technique must be used in order to prevent injury to the bird or inhalation of the formula that could result in pneumonia or death.
Step 1: Gently feel the crop to determine that it is almost empty before feeding.
Step 2: Mix fresh: Juvenile Hand-Feeding Formula and bottled drinking water heated to approximately 103°F (39°C). Follow proportion of formula to water as directed by your avian veterinarian for the age of your bird. Do not microwave. Chicks with their eyes opened should be fed 3-4 times daily, and birds with feathers emerging, 2-3 times daily.
Step 3: Feeding with an irrigation syringe is
probably the most universally successful technique.
Step 4: Feed the bird until the crop is full but not overstuffed, and clean the excess formula from the bird's beak, feathers and enclosure. One to seven-day-old birds and birds with slow crop-emptying may benefit from the use of Neonate Formula or adding a pinch of HBD's Avian Enzyme to the formula just prior to feeding.
To aid weaning after 21 days of age, add 1 Tbs finely chopped High Potency Formula or finely chopped organic nuts to 1 cup of formula or introduce dry High Potency Formula in a separate bowl.