|These are the two youngest of five babies in Fuchsia's clutch.|
She may look like she's willing to feed her baby, but she's
really stealing a bite of the Exact formula for herself.
My Answer: If there's no physical problem, I'd guess the baby may not be getting enough to eat, is not consistently warm enough, or both.
|Just fed with a very full crop.|
|View from above shows full crop extending over the shoulders.|
|Rotund crop from below. Wait until almost empty|
before feeding again. At this age, feed again in
about four hours.
They like it warm. Not hot, but very warm. Exact Hand Feeding Formula has directions that give the degree range. It's a good idea to start this way until you're familiar with what temp feels right. They say about 105 degrees Farenheit or (102 to 110). For one bird I mix one teaspoon of Exact into two teaspoons of boiling water, stirring until it's cool enough to feed. I test it on the underside of my wrist like you’d test human baby formula.
Are you keeping your baby warm enough? Dry enough? Accumulated droppings are wet and cold, so clean the box every time you feed them. Mine have pine shavings under paper towels. The paper towels absorb droppings and get tossed each time the babies are fed.
|Box on table above a heat source. Notice they can move|
closer or farther from the heat as they need to. Box is
closed when they are not being fed.
I put an electric oil heater near (not under) my box of babies to be sure they stay warm. The box is long enough that they can move toward or away from the heat source. Also, I've learned to feed more than one at a time. That way they help keep each other warm. Even though our home is 70 to 74 degrees inside this time of year, at night I use the heater. I don't use it except for hand fed babies. Otherwise, their mother keeps them warm enough.