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we had 4 the eldest 2 we lost a day apart after observing mum we rescued the 2 youngest 7 and 5 days as mum showed no interest and they were crying and crops almost empty we did observe mum for the first day or so to see if she would go into box but she didn't so we removed them the 5 day old passed a few hrs after but the 7 day old is holding on 24 hrs later but doesn't cry for food it appears to be active and content and is warm it has lots of soft yellow down feathers and will chirp away when we feed it it weighs 22 grams are we doing the right thing we have it in a wooden nest box with the nesting chips we got from the pet shop we successfully raised baby budgies so this isn't a new experience feeding every 2 hrs its crop appears to be full and it is also doing normal cockatiel poo's we have given it small amounts of water to keep it hydrated. just hoping that this darling makes it .any advice on solutions the baby opens and closes its eyes but eyes aren't fully opening.we have it in a warm place that is also dark can anyone who has been through this offer advice
 

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we had 4 the eldest 2 we lost a day apart after observing mum we rescued the 2 youngest 7 and 5 days as mum showed no interest and they were crying and crops almost empty we did observe mum for the first day or so to see if she would go into box but she didn't so we removed them the 5 day old passed a few hrs after but the 7 day old is holding on 24 hrs later but doesn't cry for food it appears to be active and content and is warm it has lots of soft yellow down feathers and will chirp away when we feed it it weighs 22 grams are we doing the right thing we have it in a wooden nest box with the nesting chips we got from the pet shop we successfully raised baby budgies so this isn't a new experience feeding every 2 hrs its crop appears to be full and it is also doing normal cockatiel poo's we have given it small amounts of water to keep it hydrated. just hoping that this darling makes it .any advice on solutions the baby opens and closes its eyes but eyes aren't fully opening.we have it in a warm place that is also dark can anyone who has been through this offer advice
Srtiels has a concoction on her page consisting of cinnamon, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper mixed with your hand feed. Just a sprinkle of each, keeps cockatiel chicks from developing crop problems. Allow the crop to empty between feedings, this allows any digestive issues that might otherwise arise to clear up. For hydration, mixing coconut water in the hand feed can help. Or diluting the hand feed a bit further than the recommended amount can help as well.

At that age, the eyes aren't always completely open. This can vary a bit depending on what is typical of the lines you're dealing with. Mine are never completely open until maybe day nine or so.
 
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