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Zara

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We're done. That is the end.

Adélie was born on 22 December 2018 and is now 155 days old (about 5.5 months) and today, no formula.

She grew slow and weaned slow.

Starting with feeding her every few hours at 5 days old.
Down from 4 feeds to 3 at 58 days old (8.5weeks).
Down to two feeds at 93 days old (13.5weeks)
Ate twice a day for weeks until recently, 146 days old (21 weeks).

She's a big girl, she weighed quite a bit towards the end of the handfeeding but now she's leveling off and I'm keeping an eye on her grams.

It has been a journey but she's a big bird now. She started her moult a couple of weeks ago and is now growing her adult plumage.

She's a wonderful bird who loves to play, but has that typical lovebird hen "don't mess with me" attitude.

Her flight has been improving now that she is eating less formula which is great. I had worried over her as she was a helicopter and not an aeroplane but this past week her skill has increased and can make sharp mid air turns and can fly in more of a swoop.

She's not a huge fan of my boyfriend just yet, but I'm sure she'll warm to him. He was scared to touch her for so long because she was "so fragile".

Also, I'm still amazed that @Eloy guessed her sex at just 8 weeks old.

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They grow up so fast.
:blink: Her siblings weaned at 7-8 weeks... She really took her sweet time, like the true little princess that she is :xflove:
I did enjoy that the fluffy stage lasted longer than most lovebirds. I really enjoyed that :D
 

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:blink: Her siblings weaned at 7-8 weeks... She really took her sweet time, like the true little princess that she is :xflove:
I did enjoy that the fluffy stage lasted longer than most lovebirds. I really enjoyed that :D
I was being sarcastic. :p
But who can complain about getting in some extra fuzzy baby time? :D
 

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She is just beautiful.. I love her pastel blue color and her light pink beak. The Diva decides when the feedings are done!
 

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I was being sarcastic. :p
I thought you were :roflmao:

@Mockinbirdiva She really is beautiful. Her colour is so hard to capture on camera. A gorgeous violet hue all over, it will show more when she is older.

@iamwhoiam Thanks, and yes she is spoiled rotten... just like the others, but Adelie gets to come out and be with me alone for a little at night when everyone is sleeping ;)
 

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Also, I'm still amazed that @Eloy guessed her sex at just 8 weeks old.
Yes I know, I'm fantastic. :cool4: :o::p
But as you wrote, it was a guess. But I couldn't even think that she was a he, it felt so wrong.
We're done. That is the end.
Well done! :) I'm so happy that you saved her because without you she would be dead.
I'm also very happy that you stayed here on AA. Most new member that post urgent thread don't.

So now, what to do? You can do anything you want, no more hand-feeding! :bliss:
 

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Congratulations Adélie! :swoon:

Don't worry you will always be your mummy's princess. :queen:
 

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Aw, little girl is now a big girl! :heart: Congratulations, you did it!:starshower1:
 

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Just curious how she said no. Did she shake her head, walk away, turn her back. My (human) children would shake their heads when they had had enough of the breast.
 

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So now, what to do? You can do anything you want, no more hand-feeding! :bliss:
I will be enjoying the summer and spending some time on the beach :)
Not much will change, I am still home a lot but I don´t have to constantly worry over needing to be home at certain times to feed her etc :)

Just curious how she said no.
Usually chicks will stop crying for food, and then shortly after will start pulling back from the syringe and trying to run away.
Adelie stopped crying months ago, but when I offered food she would eat plenty. Recently she was eating less, and eventually ate only a pea size amount before refusing to open her beak, backing away and flying off.


Thanks for the messages everyone ❤
 

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Congratulations to Adelie for finally deciding to wean herself and to you for being so patient! Hopefully she'll be a confident and secure bird because of it - she'll never know the trauma of being forcibly weaned.

I've said this before, but she's absolutely gorgeous.

And now, what are you going to do to celebrate?
 

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I hope so :) She´s a strong bird, she not skittish or anything like that and is quite social, she´s not scared of anyone.

Yes, She is extremely beautiful ❤

To celebrate? Nothing, just enjoy each others company :)
 
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