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Littlbird

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I have a 9 week old quaker that won't give up the 3 feedings a day, even though she refuses all but 2-3 ccs..
She came to me at 7 days,
April 17th emancipated and splayed.
She was in emergency vet care 2 days and 2 weeks of hobbling.
Going back to the vet every 3 days for readjustment.
She fared well as far as her legs.
Mentally she's already talking,,a lot!
Emotionally, I put her in a large cage like my pineapple green cheek is in a week ago and she stopped eating solids PERIOD and lost weight. In 2 days..
The vet said put her back in the small cage so she concentrates on "Food."
I did so.
She eats now.
Pellets, seed, nuts,loves veges, etc..
But although she takes a few ccs at feedings and then walks off, (she is my 1st clipped bird )
She still needs those 3 feedings.
I'm afraid to force wean as she's been through so much!
I've never had this issue.
My conures weaned in a couple of days after refusing feedings.
They lost interest.

Please help!
Pickles has been the hardest bird I've had yet and definitely the most costly!!! Lol

Thank You!
 

alcmene

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I know nothing about what would be considered average time frame for quaker weaning, but I do know that some birds just take longer than others and that force weaning is generally thought to be a bad idea. I would probably just keep hand feeding her until she's ready to give it up on her own. But hopefully someone with experience will chime in and give you better advice
 

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But although she takes a few ccs at feedings and then walks off, (she is my 1st clipped bird )
She still needs those 3 feedings.
I'm afraid to force wean as she's been through so much!
I've never had this issue.

Well you should not be doing "anything" that involves the word "forced". What is the rush? Let her wean in her own time.

All birds should be "abundance weaned".

Abundance Weaning and Fledging
 

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10-12 weeks is more normal for weaning for them. My quaker didn't wean fully until about 16 weeks
 

Littlbird

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Thank you all.
I know clipping her set her back some and everything she has been through.
I don't even know how to force wean but I know a few breeders and stores do it.
Of course a "breeder" told me to let her die the 1st day and get a new one..
I couldn't.
No possibility for me
 

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Thank you all.
I know clipping her set her back some and everything she has been through.
I don't even know how to force wean but I know a few breeders and stores do it.
Of course a "breeder" told me to let her die the 1st day and get a new one..
I couldn't.
No possibility for me
From what you've said so far, it sounds like the feedings are her security blanket along with the small cage. For 9 weeks, your little one has been through quite a bumpy ride and will need more time and all the TLC you can give her. If you want sympathy @Macawnutz can tell you about one of her macaws who put her through a year (or more I think) of feedings before he finally weaned.
 

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My 13-week-old Quaker is still on three feedings a day even though she eats pellets and a variety of other foods throughout the day. As everyone else recommended, let her wean on her own. She will let you know when she no longer needs those feedings
 

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Thank you all.
I know clipping her set her back some and everything she has been through.
I don't even know how to force wean but I know a few breeders and stores do it.
Of course a "breeder" told me to let her die the 1st day and get a new one..
I couldn't.
No possibility for me
Force weaning means to quit feeding the formula and let them get hungry enough so they will start eating the other food. Breeders and stores do it to sell the babies sooner. It's not healthy practice and can lead to behavior issues. When you consider all the energy those little bodies need to grow feathers and strength for flight there is no good reason to stop the hand feedings as long as they are begging for it. Abundance weaning is feeding them formula until they no longer want it. As long as she wants the formula give it to her.
 
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