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If I'm on yahoo, chances are it's to ask/answer questions about parrots. I have worked with birds since I was 8 years old, my first bird being an abused quaker parrot, whom I rehabilitated into a quality companion. I currently own several species of parrot: Congo African Grey (Jackson), Black-headed Caique (Bandit), Goffin's cockatoo (Delilah), normal Green Cheek conure (Kirby), breeding pair of yellow-sided Green Cheek conures (Lonnie and LuLu) and their babies. I spend a majority of my time trick-training my birds to improve the quality of their lives and try every day to further understand the ongoing complexity of the avian body and cognition. They truly are beautiful and intelligent creations of the one and only God almighty!

  • EXPERTS only please about baby green cheek conures?

    I know my crap, so I need some help from some EXPERTS. I know nothing's better than a vet, but the vet I've taken my birds to has seriously given me some bad information that has messed up my baby birds. He even killed one by force-feeding it, then charged me $600.

    I've been breeding green cheek conures for over a year now and everything has been going smoothly. However, I got some bad advice from that vet I mentioned, and he said that you should let your birds breed whenever they like (BEFORE I found out he was crazy). While common sense told me that sounded like a bad idea, I left the nestbox in from August, 08 to February, 09 and have so far ended up with 3 clutches, back to back.

    So I have finally pulled the nest box (after consulting another vet, who told me my previous vet is crazy), and I pulled the babies. Turns out the pair ate the youngest one (for reasons unknown), and the second youngest baby died from crop impaction (the parents stopped feeding him and he ate the wood shavings). So now I only have two babies left, the oldest two, and I'm having some serious problems.

    #1: The babies are 2 1/2 months old and the youngest one has NOT opened its eyes! Could he be blind? He has tried to open them, but just closes them again within minutes. He's very responsive and always has an appetite.

    #2: Neither of them have their feathers yet! By now most green cheek babies would have most of their feathers in and are beginning to wean! And they're actually LOSING some of their tail feathers!

    #3: I was told these could be signs of beak and feather disease... But they have not had contact with any other birds, ever. I ordered a test for both of them that should be in within the week, just in case.

    #4: The "blind" baby has lost most of the toe nails on his left foot.

    #5: I feed them every 2-3 hours, all the right temperatures/mixtures of Kaytee Exact handfeeding formula and they CAN'T gain weight! I've even tried mixing in Pedialyte to help with dehydration and some chicken Gerber baby food. Nothing has helped. They're little sticks.

    #6: Several times, we have had severe storms where I live and it has knocked us out of power during the night for hours, and the heating pad in the babies' brooder was knocked off. They suffered severe exposure to coldness and trauma from it, but there was nothing I could do at the time except hold them and warm them up.

    Could this all be due to the fact that their parents had bred too much previously and the babies weren't given the proper amount of vitamins/nutrients they were supposed to have in the egg? I feed the parents Zupreem pellets and fresh fruits daily, but I think that the constant back-to-back breeding might have momentarily messed up my hen. I keep waiting for their feathers to grow in and for the littlest one's eyes to open, and they seem to just be at a stand-still. At this rate, they won't be weaned until about 4-5 months old. I compared them with pictures of other baby green cheeks at 2 1/2 months, and with the condition my babies are in, they look like they're MAYBE one month old! Both have great appetites and are very responsive to me. SO what could be going on?!? HELP!!!

    1 AnswerBirds1 decade ago
  • EXPERTS ONLY please, about green cheek conure babies?

    I know my crap, so I need some help from some EXPERTS. I know nothing's better than a vet, but the vet I've taken my birds to has seriously given me some bad information that has messed up my baby birds. He even killed one by force-feeding it, then charged me $600.

    I've been breeding green cheek conures for over a year now and everything has been going smoothly. However, I got some bad advice from that vet I mentioned, and he said that you should let your birds breed whenever they like (BEFORE I found out he was crazy). While common sense told me that sounded like a bad idea, I left the nestbox in from August, 08 to February, 09 and have so far ended up with 3 clutches, back to back.

    So I have finally pulled the nest box (after consulting another vet, who told me my previous vet is crazy), and I pulled the babies. Turns out the pair ate the youngest one (for reasons unknown), and the second youngest baby died from crop impaction (the parents stopped feeding him and he ate the wood shavings). So now I only have two babies left, the oldest two, and I'm having some serious problems.

    #1: The babies are 2 1/2 months old and the youngest one has NOT opened its eyes! Could he be blind? He has tried to open them, but just closes them again within minutes. He's very responsive and always has an appetite.

    #2: Neither of them have their feathers yet! By now most green cheek babies would have most of their feathers in and are beginning to wean! And they're actually LOSING some of their tail feathers!

    #3: I was told these could be signs of beak and feather disease... But they have not had contact with any other birds, ever. I ordered a test for both of them that should be in within the week, just in case.

    #4: The "blind" baby has lost most of the toe nails on his left foot.

    #5: I feed them every 2-3 hours, all the right temperatures/mixtures of Kaytee Exact handfeeding formula and they CAN'T gain weight! I've even tried mixing in Pedialyte to help with dehydration and some chicken Gerber baby food. Nothing has helped. They're little sticks.

    #6: Several times, we have had severe storms where I live and it has knocked us out of power during the night for hours, and the heating pad in the babies' brooder was knocked off. They suffered severe exposure to coldness and trauma from it, but there was nothing I could do at the time except hold them and warm them up.

    Could this all be due to the fact that their parents had bred too much previously and the babies weren't given the proper amount of vitamins/nutrients they were supposed to have in the egg? I feed the parents Zupreem pellets and fresh fruits daily, but I think that the constant back-to-back breeding might have momentarily messed up my hen. I keep waiting for their feathers to grow in and for the littlest one's eyes to open, and they seem to just be at a stand-still. At this rate, they won't be weaned until about 4-5 months old. I compared them with pictures of other baby green cheeks at 2 1/2 months, and with the condition my babies are in, they look like they're MAYBE one month old! Both have great appetites and are very responsive to me. SO what could be going on?!? HELP!!!

    1 AnswerBirds1 decade ago
  • Mama green cheek biting babies?

    So, I've been breeding green cheek conures for a little over a year now and lately the hen has been biting the heck out of her babies. I don't know why she does it, I try hard not to bother her (but I do have to check on them from time to time, about once a week). The male guards outside the nestbox and brings her food, but otherwise he really doesn't have much to do with them. Anyways, this time when I pulled the two oldest babies, one of them has a deep, deep gouge in its back that is pretty bloody. I was wondering if anybody either:

    A. knows the cause of why she is being so aggressive

    B. knows what I can do to help the baby with the huge gouge. It's not life-threatening, some babies from other clutches have had gouges too, but I need to know if there's any way I can wrap it/help it out. It looks very painful...

    Thank you. Serious answers only, please.

    3 AnswersBirds1 decade ago
  • Crop burn in baby green cheek conure?

    Well, I've been breeding birds for years now and I've just had my first case of crop burn. My birds are yellow-sided green cheek conures, they are approximately 2 months old. I really don't know what happened, but obviously the food was too hot. I took the first one to the vet and the bill to stitch his crop back up was $600, which I had to borrow from my sister because that is way out of my budget. But I didn't know that another baby had it, and now I'm completely broke and can't afford a vet bill. Does anybody know of any home remedies for crop burn? The scab is about to pop off and there will probably be a hole in his crop. I'm absolutely devastated and just need some help. Thank you very much.

    4 AnswersBirds1 decade ago