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Question about comfort feedings... Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Nursery Rhyme Drive' started by HolliDaze, 5/15/18 at 7:02 PM.

  1. HolliDaze

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    so Dex turned 1 last month. He's still taking comfort feedings, which I attribute to his regression at 6-7 months, where he completely refused adult food and reverted back to 3 hand feedings a day.
    my concern is with his behavior during the feedings. He'll beg, but although he gets excited when he sees the syringe, after just a little bit of food, he decides he's done. He won't let me hold his head (which I don't believe he likes, I allow enough space for him to bob, but he has a tendency to move his head back while feeding) and after a small amount, it starts to dribble out of his beak, despite bobbing. After tha t, he's done.
    Am I doing something wrong? He had no issue with this as a baby. Maybe this is normal? I guess since he just want s it for the co mfort, even a tablespoon would be enough for him. Hes more independent and isn't going to just let me do whatever like when he was a baby.
    It's not like he's going to starve. He eats plenty of adult food, this is just a comfort feeding. However, if I can make it more enjoyable for him, I'd like to. He doesn't seem distressed after all of it, he's grinding his beak now. Other than not wanting my hands anywhere near his head, he's content.
    I've never hand fed before, but i think I did OK. No burnt or slow crops. No aspiration. I haven't found any info info on comfort feedings other than to do them until he stops asking. Nothing on the usual amount or anything.
    As usual, I'm hoping I didn't do anything wrong, and it's normal for him to only want a little. I'm asking because I'm not sure, and want to be sure. I'd rather ask and be told it's fine than hope I'm doing the right thing.
    Cockatoos are fragile (emotionally at least) and though it was silly of me to get him nearly a year ago (as of the first of june!) i'd like to think I'm doing well for him Considering and will continue to do so. If that means constantly asking silly questions, so be it! Like many of the other 'too parents say, I'll never be truly prepared... nor will I ever know anything, how ever I'd like to suck in as much info as possible.
     
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    Tika is 24 years old and still gets comfort feedings from his favourite spoon. There couldn't be a more trust building, bonding activity.

    Switch to feeding healthy stuff on a spoon. Although it sure is nice if a bird will accept a syringe because there will be a time when that might be needed (meds).
     
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    I think its normal :)
     
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    Doesn't surprise me at all, @JLcribber , John's right much easier of the need ever comes up.
     
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    Comfort feedings are normal with any baby transition to a new home during or after weaning. Our Mango, BTM was 5 months old when the came into our home thought weaned and we quickly found out he he wanted handfeeding at that time until he was 10 months old. It became a bonding time for us and he is now a beautiful, well adjusted sweet bird.
     
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    You said he's one year old? Giving comfort feedings to a one year old seems a little bit past when they would normally stop. Granted, just a tablespoon probably isn't a problem. Personally, I'd transition him to a tablespoon of warm mashy sweet potatoes mixed with some cooked rice, quinoa, beans and a mashed banana mixed in. Most of my babies transition to that toward the end of weaning. They eat it on their own out of a bowl, so I don't have birds that feel like they need a comfort feeding from a spoon or syringe. I don't think what you are currently doing is harmful, but I think you could probably stop now. If he begs, try the warm mashy veggies. Start with him eating it off a spoon if necessary, then put the spoon in a bowl and see if he'll eat it on his own. If he doesn't like it, hand him an almond and walk away.

    BTW, cockatoos are only emotionally fragile if you treat them as if they were emotionally fragile.
     
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