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Hello, well so far I have managed (with the help of the parent birds) to keep all 6 chicks alive, including the two that were abandoned by their parents. I had them out and took some pics. One of them causes me concern as it is not growing or thriving as well as the others, I don't know if it was last hatched and lagging behind or maybe just not getting fed as much. I am uncertain as to whether I should attempt to handfeed it because I am more scared of me killing it than nature.

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The youngest ones tend to lag behind a lot because the food the parents are feeding is more solid for the older babies and not really geared towards the youngest. There is nothing wrong with adding a couple feeds on a day as to what the parents are already doing, this way the baby is getting what it needs and is with the parents. It's worth a shot. Very adorable! :love:
 

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The youngest ones tend to lag behind a lot because the food the parents are feeding is more solid for the older babies and not really geared towards the youngest. There is nothing wrong with adding a couple feeds on a day as to what the parents are already doing, this way the baby is getting what it needs and is with the parents. It's worth a shot. Very adorable! :love:
I was really worried about it yesterday morning, because it's little crop was deflated and hanging like a sack on it's chest. It seemed quite weak and it is definitely a lot smaller than the others. However last night when I checked them, it's little crop was full to capacity and it was chirping...
 

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Little bit of sadness today, I found one of the chicks dead, no idea of what killed it as it didn't have any sign of injury. But I cleaned their nest a couple of days ago and I am wondering if that might have had something to do with it.
 

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They are all adorable! I am so sorry you lost one, it is very hard. But it sounds like you are doing a great job with it all, I doubt I could do the job as well as you are. Best of luck with all the rest. I love it when their little crest starts to show.
 

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Don't be too hard on yourself, it is unlikely you had anything to do with the chick's death. It just happens sometimes
Thankyou, I have taken the remaining baby and I am going to hand feed it, I also discovered one of the females attacking one of it's babies, so I have taken that one out as well. It's a bit daunting, but I have had the two little ones indoors since last night and fed them twice, they are hissing a lot but taking the food between hisses.
 

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**Hugs** @ the loss of a baby. It sucks when the little ones die :(
 
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