I have a questions regarding a new baby bourke. They are about 2 weeks old, there are 4 beautiful babies and their parents are taking good care of them. However, one of the babies legs are splayed, he is struggling at all times to try and stand, the parents are feeding him regularly but he seems to be struggling. I’m so worried about him and I don’t know what to do.
|This is one of our babies. There is a link to our earlier post|
about this bird at the bottom of this Answer.
|Newly Hatched Baby Rosy Bourke at Windy Ridge Rosies.|
As for the splayed legs, I have two posts on that topic at The Splendid Bourke Bird Blog. I wasn't very successful with a bird with ONE splayed leg. When it's two and they can be put together, it seems to work better. A reader with a Splendid with splayed legs was successful in correcting them. The earlier you start binding them together with a space in between the better. I can't tell you how long to leave them tethered. I didn't do it long enough and the bird still has a leg in the air, but gets along fine flying and landing on one leg. I think the other person's Splendid recuperated and has legs in a normal position, but she did bind them even before he had feathered. She was hand feeding that bird. Good luck.
|Cobalt Blue Lineolated Parakeet with a Rosy Bourke.|
Mr. Blue and Sweetheart getting acquainted. So far, so good.
Notice the Bourke is the "protected" one, although I
doubt they'd have a problem with each other.
|The silver tape is covering a hole made for a nest box|
entrance. Nest boxes are only put up during breeding
season and removed the rest of the year.
|Nestling food and spray millet for a young Rosy Bourke |
bird learning to eat. Notice short tail which will lengthen.
In addition to parakeet seed and spray millet, they love many vegetables: kale, peas, green beans, corn, lettuce, shredded carrots. They will also chew on breads. Egg food can be made with boiled chicken eggs, blend shell and all, and add some dry bread crumbs, everything blended together. Always have calcium available, usually with cuddle bone, mineral block, oyster shell grit, and as I've mentioned in past posts on my blog, rabbit salt blocks contain iodine which the birds will chew too. It's good for them.
Below is a link to one of my posts about what they can eat. You can also use the search feature and type in "nutrition." Bourkes are wonderful birds.
Have many more questions I could post and will try to in the future, but it takes time to format them, and I've a novel to finish editing.
|Splendid Parakeets, Joy and Finnegan. |
Photo contributed by Karen and Kenneth Shelton.