When can my hand fed baby parakeet start eating seeds?

Question by ‡ Dana ‡: When can my hand fed baby parakeet start eating seeds?
I have a very young parakeet whom was badly mutilated by another parakeet. I managed to save him (though I am unsure how he survived). I have been feeding him formula for birds but he requires feedings every two hours. I am anxious for when he can eat on his own but i have no idea on how long that is going to take and I don’t want to push him until he is ready.
He is approximately 2 weeks old.

Best answer:

Answer by Jack
Since the bird is only two weeks old, you might have another two weeks or so until you can start trying to geed him millet. You want to do the transfer slow so he gets used to it. Make sure the bird is eating plenty when you do decide to wean him off of formula.

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One Response to “When can my hand fed baby parakeet start eating seeds?”

  1. Chiappone Says:

    At 2 weeks old he shouldn’t need to be fed every 2 hours. Feeding about 4-5 or so times a day spaced out evenly should be fine by 2 weeks. (Usually around 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm and again around 10-11pm of course this is all relative to your bird the times might have to be tweaked a little, you don’t need to do overnight feedings anymore either. You want the crop to completely empty at least once a day)

    Parakeets normally can be introduced to solid “adult” foods around 4-5 weeks of age. They won’t really do much with it at first, but it’s good to introduce them to all sorts of different foods as early as possible. Some softened pellets, fresh veggies, and a little bit of seed mix are great starter foods. Around 6 weeks or so the chick will be eating a little of the foods you place in the cage, then normally around 8 weeks they should be eating enough of the adult foods to be fully weaned.

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