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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-30-2003, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Hand feeding

Does anyone have any pointers on hand feeding? I gave my little guy one syringe and he started shaking his head. Not bobbing like swallowing, but tilted to one side, shaking Hopefully I didn't just get him through the night to kill him this morning!
Also, any tips/tricks on getting him to open up? I KNOW he's hungry and he gobbles it right down, but getting him to take the syringe is tough and it's REALLY hard, if not impossible to stand there and be patient while mites are crawling all over you!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-30-2003, 10:32 AM
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I'm sure the mites bother you. Do you think that if you put him under some warm running water the mites might jump off of him? Getting a sparrow to take a dropper requires patience and will be difficult if he has mites. Here's how to do it, put just a little in the dropper and try to have a drip hanging from the tip of the dropper. Then run it over the birds mouth and leave the drip on the mouth. The bird will eventually let the drip inside his mouth. Then do the same thing again and again and eventually he will associate the dropper with food. I've taken care of a lot of baby birds, the kids in the neighborhood bring them to me and I take care of them until I can get the parents back with them.
I hope these instructions are somewhat clear and helpful.

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How's it going Becki with your little buddy?
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He died on friday
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I'm sorry he passed. Baby birds are really fragile and even though you did everything you could he was probably too far gone before you got him.

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OMG! I'm so sorry Becki!

Awww, hun, you did your best....I'm still proud of you for trying.
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