Soltia Aviary


HandFeeding Babies

Hatchlings are pulled from the breeding box at 3 weeks and fed Kaytee Exact baby parrot formula 4 times a day, then 3 times a day, finally twice a day when they are eating parrot chow and picking at the fruits and vegetables.  When the babies are totally eating the daily menus, formula feeding is stopped.  Babies are weighed before and after each feeding to monitor their progress.

Babies are fed with a small spoon.  Although I did use syringes when I opened the aviary, I found that the small spoon was much more efficient.  The babies take the spoon immediately, even the smallest of the clutch.  They start to slow down eating or actually turn their heads away when they are full.   The spoon is also easier to clean

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