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June 28, 2022

How can I know if baby is being fed by mother conure?


My conure couple had laid for eggs and one has hatched. This is the second clutch. Their first clutch did not survive. How can I know if the new baby is being fed well by mother?


Answer:

Hi May,

Usually you will hear the chick peeping and it does make noise when the parents are feeding it. They do not begin feeding each chick for several hours because it is still absorbing the yolk sac and won’t start to beg yet. But most conure chicks are pretty loud when they beg and eat.

Most first clutches do fail for some reason. Not feeding the chicks is one cause. But most parents figure it out by the second clutch. I do hope you rested your pair for at least 6 months, without the nest box, after the first clutch? This is very important because the hen needs that time to rebuild her resources and recover from the physical strain of laying eggs, then sitting on them. The lack of exercise, act of laying the eggs and forming each egg all take a toll on the hen’s health. If you don’t rest them between clutches, the hen can end up dying from being over bred, and if both parents are still tired from the previous clutch, they may not do well with the new clutch. If they did get their rest, they will hopefully do better with these chicks and feed them. It’s important that the parents are getting the right foods – a nutritionally balanced diet like pellets or our foraging diets, not a loose seed mix. They also need leafy greens, veggies, fruit and most importantly while they have chicks, they need an egg food. This can be a commercial dry egg food or you can cook an egg with the shell washed, crushed and cooked with the egg. This should be offered daily from the time you give them the nest box until all chicks are weaned. I hope these little ones do well! 🙂

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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