I felt this was the best location to share this little babies progress as I hand feed him for Talk Budgies forum member JW.
JW has asked that I keep the thread he started up with daily pictures of front side and head in case Lindsey wants them to chronicle a babies development for one of her stickies.
But for this thread, the little guy (or girl?) just wants to say "Hewoo!" He'll be 3 weeks old tomorrow:
He woke up at 4:41AM this morning and cried, but Lindsey's webpage encourages us to let the crop empty for 8 hrs. overnight and his last feeding was at 10PM. Sorry little guy --
But at 6AM I filled the syringe to the 3ml. mark and he ate that all up and was looking for more. So I warmed another syringe and he took another ml. to make it 4ml total for the first feeding of the day. I think this will help him go a bit longer between feedings too.
The heating pad held the floor of the plastic shoe box at 80 deg. throughout the night on the half that was on the heating pad. The other half stayed at 70 even though my house is at 66. The humidity fell to desert level overnight because I had removed the rice pack. I put it back in this morning and the humidity is now between 50 and 60. I can heat the rice pack up every time I feed him during the day, but it would just get cold if left overnight and that would probably impact the overall temp of the brooder box.
At 8:30 AM this morning (2.5 hrs. later), he took another 4 ml. and is eating very well, making little 'chuggin' motions with his head and neck and begging noises the whole time. He has plenty of good stools on the the overnight paper towel.
I took him off the pine shavings as they were too hard to monitor droppings. But he has plenty of traction with bits of cotton cloth, crumpled paper towels and the rice pack.
He's already exploring the floor of the box, so I'm soaking a short spray of millet today and will place it in there for him tomorrow - just to see what he does with it.
I've read all of Lindsey's very helpful info on handfeeding and I had some experience years ago, so am feeling fairly confident (knock on wood).
FUN FUN FUN!!!