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2 days ago, in the morning, I spot my baby bird, Papao, which had just turned 3 weeks old, crawling out of his nest box. All nest boxes are placed 2 meters high in my colony cage ( I read on an article, it's supposed to be put high), Papao would surely be a mashed potato if he fell down to the cage floor for I know his mom was not always in the cage at noon. She liked to take a nap on a cage corner which is a cooler shaded place in between feeding time. Pic3
I decided to be safe than sorry, so I moved the whole family in a battery cage, this way Papao can be fed by his parents till he's weaned. I tried to avoid HF since it's not a walk in the park and parent feed is always the best choice for the baby.Pic4
Perhaps because there was no nest box in the cage, when the evening came, the parents stayed on the perch and not cuddled the baby. I didn't have a nest box stock and the ones in the colony cage are screwed permanently... Besides, it was already dark. Papao was trembling. So my husband and I made a simple brooder using hamster cage (cleaned with antiseptic disinfectant) and 15 watt bulb. Papao now sleeps in the brooder and given back to his parents in the morning. See a better pic of the brooder here: fav.me/d4uwnv8Pic5to7
I decided to start semi hand feed him now, in dawn and before midnight (I was going to HF him just once in a day when he's 1 month old later anyway, just to make him tamed). My goal, besides to make him familiar with human, is to make him get used to eating other good vegetables besides corns and water spinach. NOTE: my adult birds only want to eat those 2 veggies because their breeders only gave them those. Since there's no one sell baby food formula here, I had to improvise making my own bird food formula. I use human 6 month old baby formula instant porridge (with red rice as the main ingredient) + hard boiled chicken egg. I boil the egg for 10 minutes to kill the salmonella), the white egg part is mashed first by pressing it down on small frying net, the same one I use to get the extract of grated veggie and fruit (sweet corn, broccoli, carrot, spinach, papaya). I use papaya & yakult to help him digest the food. Hand feed is a lot of work, mostly because I need to keep the food warm. Cold food will make him sick, hot one will burn his crop... preparing the food to cleaning all the utensils take 1 to 2 hours per feeding time. But he's such a little angel and I want him to have a long and happy life...Check his video playing in the brooder: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR2VMZ...
He knows his name now. Heck, he can recognize his parents!! If he sees his dad visiting him, he'll started to cry... but when it's me or Pippin showing in front of the brooder he'll simply ignore us... lol.Note:
Today: I'll return the parents to the colony cage since it's sad to see them just sitting on the perch like that... it's supposed to be a quarantine cage for new/sick birds so no toys, etc inside. My new plan is: I will take the cock to Papao with a plate of veggie, mixed seed and eggfood so that he can feed him at day time. Once done, he'll be returned back to the colony cage. It's a win-win solution for me & the birds, I hope.