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Please help - Feeding problem
« on: November 16, 2016, 02:46:50 PM »

We have a 13 week old female CAG by name of Casie. She refuses to continue with her baby formula. But she doesn't recognise any other food as food. We have tried parrot pellets, sunflower seed, rice, sweet corn, peas, apples. She just tastes them then spits them out. We are mad with worry. She wants to be with us and play but refuses to sit in the cage and eat. She just jumps down and scratches till we're crazy. What can we do to calm her and make her eat?

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Re: Please help - Feeding problem
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2016, 02:58:25 PM »

she should have been fully weaned before she came to you? Why wasn't she?

African greys are notorious for stepping backwards in their feeding after weaning.

You have to start the training now. Try her with her formula. Leave pellets in her cage constantly. She will start to eat. Don't stress too much as she will pick up on it. Often they nibble food when we've not seen and they are absolutely fine but we think they've eaten nothing.

You have to lay ground rules. She needs to learn to have time in her cage and play, its essential for her to learn this.

Keep giving her the food to try, she may well keep doing what she's doing for a while. Weigh her every day, she may lose a little weight but shouldn't be more than 10% of her weight.

It's very unlikely that she will continue to refuse to eat.
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Re: Please help - Feeding problem
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2016, 03:09:43 PM »

The breeder was an exporter (From South Africa). My wife has successfully raised more than 10 babies till maturity and this has never happened before. Must we put her back into the breeding box or leave her in her cage? She was 7 weeks old when we got her. We have chatted to the breeder about this and he says she is just "lazy". He said we should just leave her in the cage with sunflower seeds and she will eat on her own. To date we have not seen her crack a seed. I have seen her munching on pellets. But not a great deal not enough to survive on. She wants our attention constantly.

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Re: Please help - Feeding problem
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2016, 03:31:49 PM »

 Have you tried crushing a few pellets up in orange juice and tempting her with them by offering them  to her on  a spoon pretending to eat off the spoon yourself at the same time??? That's a way of getting a bird onto pellet conversation reducing the orange juice gradually day by day   
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Re: Please help - Feeding problem
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2016, 03:34:03 PM »

Thanks, we'll give that a try. But she has never been spoon fed. Only syringes.

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Re: Please help - Feeding problem
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2016, 03:37:10 PM »

Where are you based? Try to get her to eat pellets and veg at the moment, leave the seed in there as she's capable of cracking a seed, she just probably doesn't know how or why.

Try her on one feed of formula on an evening and then leave her to see if she'll eat her pellets, don't give her anything but her pellets in the morning as they are most hungry in the morning and would be more inclined to eat other foods then, and leave her in the cage whilst .

is she in the breeding box alone? She should be fine in her cage where you can keep an eye on her.
Is she active? are her poops ok?
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Re: Please help - Feeding problem
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2016, 03:48:06 PM »

We're in Jo'burg South Africa. She loves to sit on top of the cage with toys. She is alone in the box if we put her there. But she's actually too big for it now. We gave her sweet corn and peas in the morning which she loved. But she refused them this morning. We had to go out on business the whole morning. When we came home she wanted play time. I looked at the pellets dish. I think she had been scratching in it. Her poops are small and watery. A bit of solids in them. Made a big poop when taken out.

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Re: Please help - Feeding problem
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2016, 03:50:56 PM »

Our question is also should she continue to sleep in the cage or back in her box?

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2016, 04:12:31 PM »

Also I've seen her drink water from her dish when she was first put into the cage. She may be sipping when we not looking. But when we came home today she was very thirsty when we offered a syringe of water.

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Re: Please help - Feeding problem
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2016, 06:39:13 AM »

Hi
There's no need to put her back in the box
As for the scratching in cage bottom
Ignor it and only get her out to play when she stops
Give her veg chopped in small pieces and a seed variety not just sunflowers
Leave the pellets in all the time
Make sure your keeping a eye on her weight too
And maybe offer her a formula feed on a evening incase she hasn't had enough through the day xx


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