Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:30 am Post subject: Help, Bloody fluid in Baby
Started a new topic as clearly the parents had abandoned the chick and the upshot of that is that I have one inside to handrear. I was already worried, but now more so and wonder if anyone has any thoughts. Chick is now 4 weeks plus 6 I think, and overnight there was a second episode of blood stained fluid and a small blob of something closer to actual blood. Chick appears well but weighing her this morning I found she was 51 grams which is quite a significant loss.
As mentioned, she is not enthusiastic about feeding at all and rarely do I manage to get more than 4 mls, but short of forcefeeding her or using a crop needle which I've never done before, I can't make her take it. Upping the number of feeds isn't working as she refuses it. Her crop is emptying well overnight so I don't suspect sour crop. This morning she took a larger amount, about 6mls but I can't help but feel it's not going well for this little one.
I'm an experienced hand-rearer of cockatiels, and I know they are very vigorous head bobbers when it comes to asking for food but every mouthful this little one actual gets, most dribbles back out.
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