One of the most common birds in our homes is the common parakeet or Australian parakeet. With a very striking colorful coat and small size, you can create very strong bonds with these birds. Sometimes, baby parakeets are taken in, which, for different reasons, must be fed with baby food or porridge.

This can be either because their parents do not care for them, or because they are the weakest of several siblings, they may need to be fed porridge. If it is done well, the parakeet can develop well. A side bonus is he will probably be a lot more sociable when he grows up. If you need to feed a parakeet, don’t miss the following article on how to make food for parakeets.

Baby parakeets

As we mentioned, sometimes we may need to feed our parakeet with porridge. The time in which parakeets feed their young a regurgitated mixture of vegetables and seeds lasts about eight weeks. If, for any reason, the parents do not feed the parakeet correctly, or if we want to strengthen their bond with us, feeding with baby food is very important.

The reality is that a parakeet raised correctly by its parents has a better chance of survival than a parakeet raised by humans, so this should be the option in all but the most dire cases.

We said that hand-raised parakeets are more sociable as adults. Having contact with humans from a very young age, he sees his breeder as his natural father. Not only does he establish very strong bonds, but he does not have that usual suspicion of a parakeet raised in a normal way by his parents.

How to feed the parakeet

The first two or three weeks, the porridge must be administered with a syringe (without a needle, obviously). When we see that he can take it by himself, we should let him come over and eat alone. We can do it in a teaspoon or in our own hand. In the case of sick adults, we will again use the syringe. There is the alternative of tube feeding, but it is not recommended except in cases of life or death where there is no choice.

Special attention must be paid to the temperature and the solidity of the porridge. The temperature should be 35ºC. The solidity will vary depending on the age of the parakeet:

  • It should be approximately 70% liquid if the parakeet is two days old or less.
  • About 60% liquid in the next three days of life.
  • From the fifth day to the twentieth day of life, the porridge must be 40% liquid.
  • We will make it 30% liquid from day 20 of life.

To know how often to feed the parakeet we must differentiate if it is a baby parakeet baby or a sick adult. If it is a baby we will look at the crop; when it is empty we will feed it until it is full again. It is important to pay attention to how often this happens, to get an idea of ​​the frequency of power required. In the case of a sick adult, two doses a day may be enough.

How to make porridge for parakeets step by step

Although generally the ideal is to prepare some purchased food for parakeets, there are ways to make homemade food for babies and sick parakeets. The store bought porridge is usually prepared by adding hot water in the proportion indicated on the package. It should not be too hot, remember that the adequate temperature of the porridge so that the parakeet can take it is 95 ºF / 35 ºC. Tge homemade porridge for  parakeets can be made by following these steps:

Ingredients

  • Oatmeal
  • Rice flour
  • Egg

Preparation of the porridge for parakeets

  1. First you have to boil the egg for twenty minutes. Once boiled, we separate the yolk from the white, since you only have to use the yolk.
  2. The yolk is mashed with a fork, while hot water is added slowly, so that it is liquidy and does not have any lumps remains.
  3. Both flours are taken and they are added in equal parts, slowly, so that porridge is left with the desired consistency according to the age of the parakeet. In the  UK this might be called “pudding” consistency, but in the US that becomes too watery. If you hold up the spoon with the mixture, it should be slow to drip off.
  4. Once the desired consistency is reached and without lumps, we administer it with a syringe or a spoon, depending on the age of the bird.

Tips for preparing the porridge

Here are some tips to prepare the porridge that you may find interesting and very useful:

  • Both the purchased and homemade porridge must be prepared at the moment and what is left must be discarded. Do not try to save the food.
  • They should not be added to the same fruits or seeds of the mixture that we will use to feed adult parakeets. These seeds are peeled and eaten without the shell; if we add them to the porridge they will be ingesting the shell.
  • Also, cornmeal should not be used because it would cook with the hot water and harden in the crop, causing serious problems and possibly death.

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