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Hand-feeding nestlings .

Hand-feeding nestlings   (Wout van Gils)

This is nothing new and   can certainly save some young stragglers from dying. There are some points to   be watched however. One is tempted to just feed the smaller and weaker   nestlings, but that is not always the best course of action. If the stragglers are   hand-fed during the day then the healthily growing ones tend to be   exclusively fed by the parents as they strongly vie for their attention. Another procedure should be adopted. Hand-feeding   should be given to the strongly growing chicks during the day. This will stop   them from gaping and demanding food from the parents, who will now focus   their attention on the weaker ones and feed them instead. There is nothing   better than what the parents produce with their digestive crop juices and   this way their growth will be better stimulated. Provide some additional food to these   stragglers just before dark and you will soon observe their recovery.

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Hand   feeding – courtesy Linda Hogan

Hand feeding is one way I tame   my birds. Taming makes my birds easier to work with whether simply catching a   loose bird or training in a show cage or being comfortable with my   "checking" on newborn chicks. (These photos were difficult as I was   both the feeder and the photographer!)

 

One feeding method I used   this year I call a feeding station. I attached an empty nest on the outside   of the cage, at a comfortable height for me, and then lifted the chick's nest   out of the cage and set it on the empty nest on the outside of the cage. Regardless   of where the chicks were located, I used the same empty nest to sit their   nest on while I fed them. I could easily feed three chicks at once just   rotating who got the bite!

 

At the beginning of a feeding   they all want to eat! Should they not, I gently brush upward under their chin   to get them started opening up wide. Once one starts the others will usually   follow.

    

This shot shows a deep chest and gives me great hope that   he will be an excellent singer! – L.H.

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