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Nearly 5 month cockatoo not interested in new food.

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  1. HolliDaze

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    I got Dexter at 8 weeks, now he is nearly 4 months. I'm working on getting him to eating every 24 hours, but we've hit a road block. In the 16 hours between feedings, he only eats 4 or 5 large pellets. I'm not sure how much water he is drinking, but he doesn't look dehydrated. He has zero interest In eating anything besides baby food and pellets, although having access to veggies. I've offered him human food (Healthy stuff) but he only touches it with his tongue. The only veggie he seems interested in eating at all is sweet corn.
    Don't worry about me underfeeding him. He has only begged for food a couple times, and I immediately fed him. He hasn't begged for several weeks, despite the increased time between feedings.im concerned he won't eat enough to be safely weaned. Am I doing something wrong? How do I solve this issue?
     
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    Have you been weighing him daily? When my macaw was weaning he got daily weight checks so I could see if we were going in the right direction.
     
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    He's fledging age. They instinctively drop weight (less appetite) in preparation for that. Fledging is vitally important for all birds but even more so for cockatoos because of their fragile emotional nature. It's as important as anything you will do in this birds life. It will be the difference in having a "somewhat" emotionally stable bird or a basket case ready to jump off the edge. The consequences of them not getting what they need will (hopefully) not show up until the bird matures and then it will be amplified. (If he's already clipped you're starting out with an uphill battle)

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    How often are you offering hand feeding? I think you're saying once, maybe twice every 24 hours? 16 hours between hand feedings?

    If this is what you are saying, a 4 month old Too IMO needs at least 2 to 3 feedings per day, with solid food being offered also.

    Mornings and evenings, or perhaps afternoon and evening feedings. The night feeding is usually the last to go.

    He'll learn to eat solid foods best if he is confident the hand feedings are still there.

    My macaw hand fed for 8 months. I know many other large birds that have asked for hand feeding from 6 month to over a year.

    I think you may be weaning too fast. Keep offering those feedings. He may slow down while fledging, but then start taking them again.
     
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    Why are you cutting back his handfeedings?
     
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    I saw on an article that all parrots should be on one Feeding a day by 4 months. Yes, I've been feeding him every 16 hours, I'll feed him more often if you guys think I should. He is clipped, but only after he became very good at flying. I weigh him daily, but I've found no charts saying how much he should lose in fledging. he is 547 grams, more than he was before fledging, oddly. Im never going to take away his hand feeding totally until he doesn't want it. I know that could upset him and that's the last thing I want for him. When I say cutting back, I don't mean ignoring him when he cries. If he even acts hungry with no begging, I offer food and feed him. I feed him at 4 pm and 7 am everyday. 5-6 tablespoons each feeding. Of course, constant access to his adult food, though he only licks the veggies. The breeder did not specify his age, but I got him on June 1st and he was about 8 weeks.

    So, I guess he's 5 months. Sorry about that. I'll see if I can edit my post and correct that number.
    Note: I couldn't update it.
     
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    I will edit the title.
     
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    All birds wean at their own pace, regardless of charts, articles, etc. I'm glad you're still offering feedings. I would continue this until he consistently refuses. He'll probably refuse the morning one at some point, but you never know. He will eventually refuse one but may want a comfort feeding for a long time to come. If he wants a feeding at one year, give him one. I'll check some weight charts.

    Has he had a comprehensive vet check? I would get one from an avian vet to rule out any underlying infection or bacteria, just in case that might be lurking in the background.

    You might soak some pellets to handfed him. Organic, no sugar added juice might be good, since you report he's licking food. You might try warm, fresh food in the morning when he's hungry. Good luck.
     
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    Thanks for the title update.
    Where can I find growth charts? I've looked for 45 minutes and couldn't find one.
    Also: I tried feeding him at 12 hours today, and he ate half his usual amount.
     
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    There are none that I know of. What's the point? Your bird is "physically" full grown. All birds physically mature quickly. It's the fragile mind that is still a baby.
     
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    To keep track of his weight. If he isn't eating right, I may not know if I have no idea that he's underweight.
     
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    I'll check my ABRC book tomorrow.
     
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    There still isn't any chart. You start weighing your bird on a regular basis and develop your own chart. No one always holds a constant weight. There is fluctuation depending on season, age (when young) and fitness.

    Weights for birds are just generalizations. One of my cockatoos outweighs the other by 50% (600gms to 900gms) They are both the right weight for who they are. What you are looking for with regular weighing is sudden drops in weight of over 10-15%.
     
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    If you take a photo of him straight on, or slightly at an angle, members will be able to see his keel, and they might be able to tell you if he's looking too thin.
     
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    550 would be normal for the average male baby cockatoo. And in about 4 years he should probably be at about 600grams- 650 grams with an empty crop. Always weigh before a feeding.
     
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    And your parrot article on weaning is incorrect, outdated or spreading misinformation. Please do not cut back on feedings unless your baby boy clearly no longer wants any.

    Offer food on a plate at the bottom of his cage twice a day. Pellets mixed with chopped veggies and grain and fruit.

    He'll try the new foods soon. But he shouldn't be cut back on food.

    Fledging starts around 10/11 weeks of age
    You shouldn't see any more weight loss now that your cockatoo baby is closer to 5 months of age. Only weight gain.
     
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    Ok. He actually doesn't seem to be eating as much at 12 hours than 16, so I'll stick with that until his appetite goes down. I'll keep encouraging him whenever he tastes his food, so he'll at least develop a taste for it.
     
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    Seems like he may have a crop issue if that is the only thing he is eating. Or is he eating other foods?

    He really shouldnt only be eating every 12 hours.
     

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