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  1. Zara

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    They are awfully cute, but I'd worry about feeding a formula designed for large parrots to small parrots since they are not designed to be the same. Perhaps someone else may have better input.

    A19
    Analytical constituents
    Protein 19%, Fat content 12%, Crude ash 8%, Crude fibre 1.50%, Lysine 1%, Methionine 0.55%, Tryptophan 0.20%, Threonine 0.60%, Calcium 1.15%, Phosphorus 0.60%, Sodium 0.35%, Magnesium 0.13%

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    Analytical constituents
    Protein 21%, Fat content 9%, Crude ash 8.50%, Crude fibre 1.50%, Lysine 1.25%, Methionine 0.54%, Tryptophan 0.24% Threonine 0.70%, Calcium 1.15%, Phosphorus 0.60%, Sodium 0.40%, Magnesium 0.14%
     
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    I had the same concern :( , however I also had 2 chicks with empty crops at home and it was Christmas... The Spanish also celebrate the 3 Kings here so it has been non stop Bank Holidays for weeks.
    It does say high energy birds, which lovebirds are. And without this formula I would have lost both chicks not just one. I've also fed this to the other chicks when I've seen them with empty crops too.
    Yes I would love if someone knows more about the difference in composition, however it is not something I hope to repurchase.
    I looked at videos online of making baby food, and people were just blending carrots and other veg... But I prefered to buy formula. Cheaper is not always cheaper.
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    I understand. The formula you have is made for *large* birds that require the extra fat content, not small birds - even if they are high energy. Gosh, so much to worry about!
     
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    Yes, and I see on the composition you posted, the protein % is also very different :(
    It is doing the trick ´til I can get the right one. My dog is getting a jab this week so I think I will take this up with the vet while I´m there and see if they can help me :)
     
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    That is good formula. And good brand. The difference is so small and this formula does contain more fat which is good at the moment.
    You did the right thing. For me all this proves what a great parront you are. You buy food and start feeding them and you where asking here for advices. You didn't wait until it was to late.
    That all is still alive is because of you so enjoy that feeling. :)
     
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    Very difficult. Are you planning to continue breeding her don't take all babies from her.
    I would have taken the two smallest one so noone is alone.
    You will see how she react to this.
    That can also bee a big releaf for her. Perhaps four was to many for her to handle..
     
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    @Eloy I´m putting the divider in the cage when I take the chicks because she will attack Jaime. I´m not planning on more chicks any time soon. Jaime needs a rest and I want his feathers to grow back too - he plucked lots out to make the nest when the eggs appeared.
    I think 4 chicks was too many for them. They did great when it was just 2 chicks.
    The problem taking the smallest is I don´t have anything to keep the chick warm and it is extremely small. I´m also concerned as it´s eyes are not even starting to open yet. I worry that the youngest is so small it may get asphyxiated beneath the others, which is the main reason I want to split the chicks 2 and 2.
     
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    Hey everyone. So, later today I will be taking the 2 elder chicks and leaving the 2 youngest with the parents. The eldest chicks are 21 days old now. I would have liked to wait a few more days however I worry about the youngest getting trapped under everyone.
    The youngest has started to open his eyes finally!! I'm so glad! They were closed this morning but now they are opening.
    I have a smaller nesting box spare so the 2 elder chicks can go in there to keep warm.
    I will keep a close eye on everyone to make sure the hen doesn't attack the chicks I leave with her.
    Thanks to everyone who has commented on this thread so far. It's quite worrying when the chicks aren't getting fed or other problems arise, and it's nice to receive help and advice from a community of bird lovers.
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    The 2 elder chicks are in their new set up(in the spare cage with floor took out) . When the youngest is big enough I'll bring the other 2 and put them in with the other chicks.
    When I opened the door after taking the 2 chicks, Dad Jaime was straight in there feeding the second youngest. It will be interesting to see if they start feeding the tiny chick. As long as they keep him warm and don't harm him I'll be very happy.
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    So it has been a day, the parents are not feeding the youngest. Just the bigger of the 2 young ones.
    I've opened cages for some play and fly time, Aldora doesn't want to come out of the her nest as usual.
    So Jaime came over to greet the chicks that were taken yesterday... IMG_20190112_115718.jpg

    Next thing, Lapis and Nube are both intrigued by what is going on, so they come over .. I was a little worried of an attack so I held the babies in one hand and had the other ready to split them, but they started preening the chicks ❤️ IMG_20190112_115823.jpg
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    Is that not just the cutest thing ever!!!
     
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    Just an update for you all, the parents have very little interest in any of these chicks. So unlike last time they would all be together when they're out the cages, this time the parents aren't interested and are not going to see the chicks.
    The little one is now 27 days old believe it or not.
    Here they are now, (photos from a couple of hours ago)
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    His buddy next to him hatched 1 day earlier
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    In this last picture, from left, Petín the eldest, Saatchi second eldest but hatched same day, the little one in the end there has no name yet, born 1 day after the 2 eldest and 1 day before the youngest... I'm sure you can spot the young one. No name.
     
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  17. greys4u

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    Lucky is a fitting name for the little one
     
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    He definately deserves a good strong name, he is a little fighter. However I´m not keeping this clutch :( So not my choice :( I want to keep him so bad but I just can´t
     
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    Maybe you could suggest the name
     
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    They are all so cute! You are doing a wonderful job with them. P. Diddy Fiddy would be a cute name.
     
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