How to take care of baby cockatiels
If you’re the owner of baby cockatiels, you should know how to take care of them properly if you want them to grow old and healthy. If you don’t take the time to do all the things necessary for the well being of your cockatiels, they might get sick and eventually die. In this article, I will show you exactly how to take care of baby cockatiels the right way.
First of all, you have to make sure that their parents are getting the best nutrition possible. You should feed them with the best produce available. Feed your cockatiels with a variety of vegetables such as kale, spinach or broccoli. The more varied the diet, the more nutrients and minerals your cockatiels will get and they will be healthier. You should also provide them with a mineral block and fortified seeds or pellets.
If you decide to hand feed you baby cockatiels, here’s how to do it. First you’ll have to get a syringe, pipette or spoon depending on your preferred method, some feeding formula, a sauce pan or dish and disinfectant solution. First, you have to mix the formula by following the instructions on the packaging. Next, you have to choose your feeding utensil. You can go with a pipette, bent spoon or syringe, depending on which method you like the best.
Now you have to check the formula’s temperature. The temperature should never be more than 106 degrees Fahrenheit or you could severely burn your baby cockatiels. Place your baby cockatiel on a clean paper towel and gently support his head while you’re feeding him the formula. Make sure you feed him on the left side of his mouth so that the food doesn’t go down his windpipe. Feed him until the crop is plump, but make sure that it’s not overstretched. Even if the baby asks for more, you have to stop once the crop is full.
When you’ll be handling your baby cockatiels, you can handle them one by one once a day if the parents don’t show any sign of aggression. You could also wait when their parents are away from the nesting area to pick up the babies. You should spend more and more time with them as they grow older so they can get used to you. When they reach the age of 10 days old, you can start holding them for a few minutes twice per day so they can get used to the tone of your voice.
Once the cockatiels are weaned from their parents, you can place them in a separate cage. The time it will take for the babies to be weaned from their parents will be different depending on the chick’s weight and development among other things. You can then start to play with them more frequently and give them treats from time to time. The more they’ll grow, the more they’ll get accustomed to you.
So there you have it. Taking care of baby cockatiels takes a lot of time and dedication, but if you do it properly, you’ll gain a faithful companion in return. So make sure you take all the steps necessary for the well being of your baby cockatiels so they can live a long and fulfilling life.