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Now don't worry this is merely research should we decide to breed in the future....when chico and belle are old enuff and all other criteria are met.....as with all things im not sure of i like to research and learn and drive everyone crazy about.....my question is for those who breed and have time to reply.....basically i wanted to know any websites or links u used/use/recommend in regards to breeding/babies/hand feeding or anything else you think is relevant...any threads on tc you think are relevant....or even just anything you think is important to learn and research......i want to read as much as possible so i am ready for anything and just also for my own knowledge.....anyway i hope you can post and give me things to read!!!
 

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http://www.cockatiel.org/articles/handfeeding.html This site has lots of good info. Although they say that a bent spoon isn't appropriate for a day old baby. I always use a spoon because it lets the baby take the food at it's own pace. This way you don't run the risk of shooting food into a babys lungs. It may take a little longer and be a little messier but part of the point of hand feeding is to gain the babys trust and the spoon requires you to take more time with them. Here's what I use. I feel kind of silly posting these pics!
Hand Finger Blade
I used this on Tiny at 2 days old

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It's a 1/4 teaspoon bent like a parents lower beak

One things many sites don't mention is that the food given to a very young baby should be thinner than that given to and older bird. I always use Kaytee exact. It has lacto bacilus in it so it replaces the ensymes they don't get from the parents. GOOD LUCK! You'll Love it!
 

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Great thread, this'll be good to get heaps of different info. :D

I'm planning on breeding Tilly and Jasper (don't trust Squeak really) when Tilly is old enough of course! I'm going to wait until she's over 18 months old, she's 11 months now, so another 7-8 months. :excited:
 

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noooo dont feel silly!!! its wonderful....the best way to learn s from people who are experience and i know everyone is different...that is a fantastic tip about the spoon.....we thought kaytee exact would be the best...seems like thats what most of the people we have seen use....i just want to be fully prepared with as much info as possible...even if i never need it...better prepared then going in blind......tysm....i know i will love it.....we both love birds so much and we both are passionate about giving birds the best care possible......i thin we will be good grandbirdparents :p
 

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I think it's great that you are doing all the research. So many people stumble into it blind as you said and then end up with an emergency they are unprepared to deal with. I believe you will be sure before you go ahead. I think you would be good Grandparents too!
 

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thats what i thought solace....plus u can never learn to much instead of things going awry then being panicked..we try to be good pet owners and learn as much as possible....and mikey and i have been talking about breeding once i get back....not belle and chico of course.they would need to wait till mid-late next year as they are around a year old now....but possibly we may buy another pair....a friend who owns a petstore has offered him a pair...whether that happens or not doesn't really matter.....if its meant to be a pair will arise at the right time and it will be just right lol.....oh and another question...i know different people think differently about this but what does everyone think about the pulling the babies at 2 weeks to hand feed?? just wanted to see some different opinions on it
 

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I usually wait to pull them when the oldest is 3 weeks but then the youngest will be around 2 weeks. I like them to get the benefits of being parent fed. You don't want to wait past that tho or it will be difficult to get them to take food from you.
 

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Here are some of my favorite articles...

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww60e.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww61e.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww62e.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww63e.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww64e.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww65e.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww66e.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww67e.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww68e.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww69e.htm

Also, if you are serious about breeding, a must have book is Howard Voren and Rick Jordan's Parrots Hand Feeding & Nursery Management.

And remember, researching into breeding also means researching into Cockatiel mutations as well. A good book for that is Dr. Terry Martin & Diana Andersen's A Guide to Cockatiels and Their Mutations as Pet & Aviary Birds. This book also has some breeding information in it.

I feel it's important to know as much as you can about the species of bird you chose to breed :)
 

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tyvm carrie-anne.....yep i have been researching into mutations and im slowly.....getting my head around it....mike is alot better at mutations than me but i definately want to know my stuff before i do anything.....we want to be good owners and breeders...thats why i started this thread...to ask everyone that breeds the things they think i should learn about
 
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