My papillero parakeet does not want to eat

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There are many and very diverse birds that are currently used as pets, but without a doubt, one of the most endearing is the parakeet or Australian parrot, since it is a pet with which we can establish a strong link.

Sometimes we decide to take in our home a papillero parakeet, that is, a hand-reared parakeet with porridge, and we must be aware that this act implies a great responsibility, since feeding a parakeet in these circumstances can be complex, but of course it is absolutely necessary.

In this AnimalWised article we show you various tips if a papillero parakeet does not want to eat.

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  1. The feeding of the papillero parakeet
  2. How much porridge does the parakeet need?
  3. The consistency of the porridge
  4. How to feed a papillero parakeet
  5. Rule out pathologies in the parakeet

The feeding of the papillero parakeet

Sometimes we do not have enough information to clearly know how to feed a papillero parakeet and if your pet refuses to eat it is important to make sure that the food you provide and the way you do it is appropriate..

To feed it it is necessary that you acquire in a specialized store a specific porridge for pistácidos, it is a powder that must be mixed with water until it reaches the desired consistency, which must not be too liquid or too thick.

The pap should be administered through a plastic syringe without a needle and the end of the syringe should be brought close to the beak of the parakeet, always from the left side and with extreme care, since excessive pressure on the beak could cause deformity of the beak. Even taking into account that the bird is in the process of anatomical and physiological maturation.

It is also of great importance to administer the porridge to a approximate temperature of 38ºC, otherwise it could be that our parakeet does not want to ingest it or we could even cause some organic damage.

This process requires great patience on the part of the owner, especially if the breeder of the bird has not introduced the feeding with porridge, since in this case the parakeet does not yet associate this protocol with feeding, but after having fed it in 3 o 4 times you will start to want to feed through the syringe.

You must prepare the right amount of porridge, since the porridge should not be used more than once, likewise, after each use, you should thoroughly clean the syringe.

How much porridge does the parakeet need?

Sometimes the owners worry that the parakeet ingests very few milliliters of porridge, but it is more important feed him moderately and frequently than in a more spaced way and administering large amounts.

Below we show you as a guide the amounts of porridge and intakes that a parakeet needs depending on its age:

  • From 20 to 25 days: Between 6 and 10 milliliters, 5 daily intakes
  • From 25 to 40 days: Between 8 and 12 milliliters, 4 daily intakes
  • From 40 days: Progressively introduce solid food and maintain 2-3 daily intakes with 12 milliliters of porridge

If your parakeet is less than 20 days old, the amount of porridge will range between 3 and 5 milliliters.

It is also important to mention that between the last feeding of the night and the first of the day, no more than 6 hours should pass, remember that to raise a parakeet by hand, the animal must be protected at all times from a possible state of nutrition and starvation.

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The consistency of the porridge

If your papillero parakeet refuses to eat, it is possible that the consistency of the food is not the most adequate, in order to offer your pet an appetizing texture that favors the digestive processes, you must be able to use the appropriate ratio between food and water..

Here we show you that food / water ratio You should use depending on the age of your papillero parakeet:

  • From 1 to 22 days: 1 part of food to 5 of water
  • From 23 to 44 days: 1 part of food to 4 of water
  • From 45 to 66 days: 1 part of food to 3 of water
  • From 67 days: 1 part of food for 2 of water

If you use these proportions you can ensure that the consistency of the porridge is the most suitable for your parakeet..

How to feed a papillero parakeet

If the parakeet does not suffer from any pathological problem and the diet is adequate, you can use the following tips to try to get you to eat properly and regularly, what is essential for it to succeed:

  • We will know that our parakeet is hungry because it chirps non-stop.
  • When we know that he is hungry we should approach him and provide him with a feeling of comfort, if we have it in our hands it will be easier to manipulate.
  • At first our parakeet (if it has not been fed porridge before) will not accept the porridge, we can try hissing and imitate the sounds of an adult parakeet so that it begins to open its beak.
  • When you open the beak to eat we will administer the porridge quickly.
  • When administering the porridge we will observe how the crop grows, when it reaches a large size (we observe the stretched skin) we must stop. A full crop is easily seen as a bag filled with milky-colored fluid that sits between the neck and chest..
  • You should not feed your parakeet if it has a full crop, therefore, we must verify that it is empty before feeding it. If our parakeet chirps without stopping but has nevertheless already eaten, we can hold it in our hands so that it feels comfortable and receives warmth.
  • If your parakeet needs 5 milliliters of porridge in each feeding, for example, do not use a 10 milliliter syringe, this can make administration difficult.
  • Do not force your parakeet to eat unless it is absolutely necessary, if not, it will be very difficult for you to eat comfortably from the syringe.
  • If the porridge spreads clean your parakeet immediately and remove the remains of its plumage, otherwise, it may experience great nervousness. Also, if we do not remove it quickly, it can leave its plumage sticky and dirty..
  • If your parakeet does not want to eat from the syringe and has already completed 15 days, you can try to feed him with a dessert spoon, fill the spoon with porridge and bring it close to the beak.

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Rule out pathologies in the parakeet

If your papillero parakeet still does not eat despite the fact that the diet is adequate, with a specific product, in the corresponding quantities and with the ideal consistency, it is time to go to a veterinarian specialized in exotics.

It is very important to submit our parakeet to an examination before applying other tips, since it is possible that the parakeet refuses to eat due to an obstruction in its crop, which may be caused by administering too thick, cold or excessive amounts of porridge..

Then you can go to the next level learning how to train a papillero parakeet.

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