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Thought I'd clear up the health concerns for everyone. The babies have NEVER had any contact with any of the ill birds, they are kept inside the house on their own with my tame hen and the sick birds were only ever in the garage. I of course have practiced safe handling so that nothing is passed on by my handling of ill birds, etc :D None of the other budgies in the breeding area or any of my other larger birds became ill either, only the ones in my large aviary where the birds from the dodgy breeder ended up.

 

The little grey guy's issues are under checking by the vet at the moment but he believes it is a kidney problem, possibly related to being underfed for a few days before he was brought in for handrearing. He has always had a weak left leg and dropped wing on that side, has been checked for contractable illnesses and cleared. Hope that helps ;)

 

Thats very good news MB :wub: Hope you can do a photo of your little guy one day soon.

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Thanks sunshine* :D

 

MB did an awesome job looking after the babies and I am really grateful to her for hand raising them :D

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He'll will develop well.. I'd love to see a photo in 6 months time..

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He is a lovely bird and a credit to his parents ( and human grandparents ) ............what seed blend is in his dish ?

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I mix my own which is 20kg Canary, 10kg White French, 10kg Jap Millet, 5 kg Panacum and a hand for of Nigar.

 

not in those amounts, but the same percentages except with out the niger (my stock feed place didn't have it). I put in a couple of pinches of oats just for something different. I wouldn't add the pinches of oats every day but I figured I had them there so why not add it...

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I give my birds hulled oats also. Not every day but 3 days or so a week is good.

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Well he attacked them like he hadn't been fed since I got him (and I know he had because I'd seen him). I think I will add it in a couple of times a week.

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Oats are good for adding weight and good for babies and any sick birds....easy eating and good to "grow on" :rofl:

 

 

How is he with corn and grated carrot ?

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I put some corn in there the day I got him and he wasn't interested in it... this is going to sound dumb, but is it okay to give vegies when a bird is in quarantine?

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I put some corn in there the day I got him and he wasn't interested in it... this is going to sound dumb, but is it okay to give vegies when a bird is in quarantine?

Yes. Vegies you dont give if they have meds in water as they will get moisture from the vegies and not drink the medicated water. Try some corn and grated carrot sprinkled with his seed.

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I put some corn in there the day I got him and he wasn't interested in it... this is going to sound dumb, but is it okay to give vegies when a bird is in quarantine?

 

Aslong as you are not worming them or treating them for diseases. The birds will get the liquid from the vegetables and wont drink the meds.

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He has never seemed particularly keen on his vegies(typical little boy :rofl: ) but as Jimmy discovered he's a sucker for the oats. His cage was next to my little tame girls cage and she's a total sucker for her fruit and veg, especially peas and apple so I had hoped he might get the idea and copy but it seems he'd prefer his oats :mallet:

 

I don't think he'll ever be a huge bird as far as show birds go but I suspect that it is more to do with a rough start and hand raising which tends to result in a smaller bird as well as opposed to genetics. i think in the future he would be expected to throw larger babies when paired.

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I might try sprinkling oat on top of the vegies when I give them to him then :mallet: the art of persuasion :rofl:

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I might try sprinkling oat on top of the vegies when I give them to him then :rofl: the art of persuasion :rofl:

You got that the wrong way around JB.............vegies on top of the oats :mallet:

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...sometimes I have brain drains... I'm noticing that they are becoming the norm... time to do some brain excersizes I think.

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