How to Take Care of a Baby Bird | When You are New
If you have somehow come across a little baby bird or rescued it from the park or you just brought home a little tweety from the pet shop; and you are new at taking care of them, then do not worry, we at justpetlover.com have prepared this article just for the likes of you. You can learn about feeding them, bathing them and basically the whole package.
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Birds and especially, baby birds are very fragile little creatures, prone to getting hurt easily. That is why you should be well informed and educated on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to taking care of one. Make sure that you know everything about, well- possibly everything before you decide to buy or adopt a baby bird.
Now, there may be some aspects of the whole taking care process that differs depending on the kind or the species of bird you are taking care of, but in this article we try to cover the basic points that may be generally true for every kind of bird.
Firstly, you need to know what you are going to give your little bird. Although different kinds of birds have different eating habits and diets all birds roughly have the similar nutritional needs. There are entire varieties of nutrition sources that you can go for but we let us try to narrow them down a bit.
Let us begin by understanding how you can know your baby bird is hungry. You bird will be calling out incessantly right until you put something in its tiny little mouth. It will keep screaming its little lungs out and that is basically how you can know that your baby bird wants food. Not so different than raising you’re your own little one, now is it?
What to feed your baby bird?
Well the one right answer is a baby bird formula. If your bird is a baby, then the ideal source of nutrition for it would be a formula. There are lots of different kinds of formulas available for purchase at pet stores, animal shelters or online. Also we will recommend you the best one can find it for less than $25 on Amazon.
You need to know how you should prepare your formula to feed your baby bird. There will almost always be a set of instructions for you to follow while you are preparing; however do keep these things in mind for all kinds of birds and all kinds of formulas.
You should use distilled water or boiled water for mixing the formula and never tap water because that can contaminated with bacteria. You should check for the water to be around 105 degrees to 110 degrees. Slowly, start pouring the water into the powder while you keep on stirring at a constant pace.
After you have mixed it thoroughly the consistency of the mixture should be of a light creamy pudding kind. There should be no lumps. The temperature of the mixture should be just faintly warm and DEFINITELY NEVER TOO HOT!
Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:
1) Never use an already-prepared formula from a previous feeding session. Throw any remaining away and mix a new batch of fresh formula from the start for every feeding session.
2) Never mix your formula with milk! NEVER!
You should also know you baby bird’s feeding hours. This is mainly true for cockatiels however, it can also apply for other kinds of baby birds as well.
You should know that a baby bird- especially the groups like cockatiels, grows very rapidly and hence need their nutritional fulfillment. Therefore, do not neglect your bird’s feeding hours as doing so might cause it fall sick or weak or hamper its physical growth.
For 0 weeks in age: you should feed it after every two hours, seeing the clock.
For birds that are 1 week of age: feed it after every two hours.
For 2 week olds: between three hours. Preferably 6 am to midnight. This stage is the most risk-free time to begin hand feeding your baby bird.
When your bird is 3 weeks old: After every 4 hours. Within 6 am to midnight.
When your birds hits 4 weeks: After intervals of 5 hours daily. From 6 am to midnight.
If your bird is between 5 weeks to 7 weeks old: You should feed it two times a day.
There are also certain things that you should never put in your baby bird’s mouth. Them being:
1) Milk. Never give your bird milk. You should also never ever use milk to prepare your formula.2) Hot stuff. Just. No.
Making a Home for your Baby Bird
Take an empty, clean box; e.g. a shoe-box or one of those boxes used for moving. Remember, it should be clean and hygienic.
Fill a hot-water-bag with hot water. Make sure the water is not scorching hot. Is should be of a comfortable, mild, warm temperature. Keep the filled bag inside the box at one side.
Stuff that box with warm, cotton, clean, soft clothes. Make it cozy, comfortable and stable. Cover the hot water bag too. Put your hand on that area on the cloth and see if it burns you or the warmth is comfortable.
You can also keep wood shavings of dry hay in the box too.
Keep checking inside the box to see if your bird has pooped.
Clean the poop, by taking the bit of the wood shavings that has poop on it with a tissue paper in your hands. Throw that much away. If the poop got on the clothes, wash them. Keep you baby bird in this box-home. When you bird grows into an adult, start keeping him in a clean cage.
Bonding with your Baby Bird
Now it is very very important that you understand that birds, especially cockatiels, budgies, cockatoos, parrots and pigeons and are emotionally intelligent creatures. They are highly responsive to emotional bonding with their owners. They can detect the slightest of changes in their owner’s attitudes owing to their highly developed emotional and psychological strength. It is essential that you spend as much time as possible with your bird.
Talk to him/her, share your feelings and thoughts with him/her, and constantly remind him/her of your love. This is not just some crazy gypsy nonsense but is actually proven. You need to emotionally connect with your bird and treat him/ her like a legit member of your family if you want your bird to be healthy and, in the long run- alive.
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