Hello Bird Friends,
I'm about to pull baby Quakers from the nest box in a week, and need advice. I've read babies need warmth and humidity. If I bring them inside, I have a warm room but concerned the ac draws humidity out of the air. Is this something to be concerned about? This is my first time hand feeding so I'm nervous, but ready.
I can put them in my bedroom, the warmest room in the house. I need to buy supplies: a small aquarium, heat lamp (don't know what wattage to buy), termometer (to test formula heat), formula, syringes. If you know of any other things I need to buy - please tell me.
Can I use paper towels in the aquarium to change regularly to keep clean?
What type heat lamp (and wattage) do I need to purchase?
How many cc's do you feed at three weeks, 4 weeks and so on?
How do I check the crop to make sure formula is just right, so not to overfeed?
I was told I can feed every four hours and it's not necessary to feed at night.
I was told to wash the syringe after feeding each bird in clean water, and soak syringes in water (with a little clorax) to kill any bacteria after feedings.
I've watched others hand feeding, and it doesn't look difficult. What I witnessed was guiding the head gently with your thumb and middle finger, hold the syringe at a 45 degree angle (to tilt the birds head) but I can't remember how many cc's to feed. Check the crop to make sure formula is out of the crop - don't know how to do that. Wash the syringe before feeding the next bird.
I've seen people using a little plastic bowl lined with paper towel to put each bird in to feed.
This is all I can think of at the time. One week to go so I sould have plenty of learning time!
Thank you for comments and suggestions.