How to raise inseparable papilleros

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Known as the love bird, the inseparable ones or simply lovebirds, we give the introduction to this beautiful African bird that is part of the parakeet family. It is a small, very friendly and good-natured bird that we lovers of feathers love.

In this AnimalWised article we want to teach you how to take advantage of our little one's life from birth. There is nothing more beautiful than knowing how to raise inseparable papilleros That is why we will explain their evolution and details about porridges, as well as weaning, when they start to eat alone.

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  1. Knowing the lovebirds
  2. Breeding of an inseparable papillero
  3. The porridge, step by step

Knowing the lovebirds

That it is from the parakeet family is more than clear by its size, the color of its feathers and the shape of its beak. But, ¿why do they call it the bird of love? Simple, because agape means love and you will always see a minimum of 2 specimens together or in flocks. You never see a lovebird alone, only if it is sick.

There is a lot of material on the Internet referring to the species that exist and their specific way of breeding, so I recommend that you visit our post about the breeding of lovebirds, taking into account details about the feeding and the cage among others. In this post we will specifically explain the care of the inseparable newborns who need our help to survive.

Breeding of an inseparable papillero

With papillero we mean the bird that was withdrawal from the maternal nest with 20 to 25 days life, which still does not know how to feed itself and will require all our care. For the famous "weaning " or independence from their mother or ours, we must wait for the 60 days of life. Until then we have a "baby at home " who needs us.

Whether we adopt or give it to us, it is important to know that it takes all our dedication to survive, as we are its mother now. The advantage of choosing a papillero is that being raised by a human being will be much more sociable and it will get used to other species and handling. They are little animals that have a very close contact with their owner and will be much more open to learning things in the future, even talking.

If you meet, we will only be your partner and we must be aware that you will have to dedicate several hours a day to them to their education. Personally, I think that it is always better for them to have a partner of the same species since, in this way, they will be accompanied 24 hours a day..

The porridge, step by step

Our papillero will arrive home with 20 to 25 days of life, without the strength to fly yet, almost without feathers but with a lot of desire to scream every time he is hungry.

The chosen porridge It can be homemade or bought, to rehydrate, but the main thing we should know is that it must have consistency of yogurt. The latter is very important when feeding, since we do not want to cause a filling in the crop (a small bag that all birds have as if it were a pre-stomach). It should not have lumps and be at a temperature of 37 ºC so that you do not have to spend energy heating it so that it reaches your stomach properly. There are 2 ways to feed it: by means of a syringe without needle or with coffee spoon. I always recommend the last one since we encourage him to bite the spoon himself..

When we go to choose the porridge if we choose an industrial It is advisable that it be of high quality, since it will help in the correct upbringing and nutrition of our little one. Let yourself be guided by the breeder, not by a Petshop, as it will tell us what is the most essential. The number of shots will vary as you grow older. We leave you a small guide to guide you better:

  • From 20 to 25 days: 5 daily intakes
  • From 25 to 30 days: 4 daily intakes
  • From 31 to 45 days: 3 daily intakes
  • 45 to 60 days: 1 to 2 feedings (you already have your feeder with grains to feed yourself)

The amounts in each shot range between 4 ml and 9 ml depending on the size of each one of them. If there is leftover porridge because we prepare a lot of it, it cannot be saved for another shot, we must throw it away and prepare a new one..

We will know that the chick has eaten enough when the crop, located on the neck, is bulging. Remember that you must be careful not to stain their plumage.

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