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Question about comfort feedings... Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Nursery Rhyme Drive' started by HolliDaze, 5/15/18.

  1. HolliDaze

    HolliDaze Jogging around the block

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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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    I agree with @melissasparrots! You shouldn't have to go past a year for comfort feedings! Instead of doing a comfort feeding try doing a nice chop!
     
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    I'd not say normal, but not unheard of either. Is he begging? or just happy to accept?

    Try weaning to a spoon. This way, he gets warm happy feedings, you do away with the 'baby' stuff.
    I'm assuming he's not still taking formula? If he is still taking it, I'd get him off the formula. Once again a spoon is perfect for that.
    Warm oatmeal, scrambled eggs, mashed sweet potato. Great for comfort feeds, easy with a spoon.
    I used to use a large plastic tablespoon when my macaw was weaning. The material must have been closer to the syringe. He hated metal spoons.

    Two of mine still love warm soft food. They also do a 'baby bob' while eating it.
     
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    He's begging. My way of justifying it is that he regressed back to only hand feedings at 6 months. It's not a daily thing, once every 4 days to a week. I give him blended up veggie mix.
     
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    Assuming he's passed a comprehensive vet check, I see nothing wrong with it. Katy McElroy, a renowned cockatoo breeder, documented the actions/behaviors of a Moluccan, Sadie, that was parent-reared. Even at a year and older, she would solicit feedings here and there. And she got them.

    Baby birds in the wild don't go hungry. And if your bird wants the security and love of some feedings, do it. We can be too rigid about handfeeding and weaning, IMO. As long as he's maintaining weight and is healthy, it's a social need on his part. He may be going through a rough patch or window of insecurity. Insecure birds often develop issues like plucking, neurotic screaming, etc. JMO.
     
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    Too me, some handfeeding is fine. With Toos though you have to watch they're not becoming too dependent on you.

    Toos are the masters of manipulation, and will milk things forever if you let them.

    So wean....but gently. :)

     
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    I think this is the story you are referring to?

    Weaning Sadie
     
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    Another good read.

     
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    Ella is feed by spoon at times for dinner, mostly when she refuses to eat her fresh food for dinner. I take a disposable wooden spoon and feed her, she loves it, hence why I think at times she refuses to eat on her own because she wants me to feed her. She gets the spoon afterward when we are done for her to destroy.
     

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