Hello Group,
I have raised two male Eclectus from the egg to 32 days of age. They have both been quite hungry at each feeding until about three days ago when I noticed that the older chick was not as enthusiastic about eating, he would eat though. As each feeding continues the participation on part of the chick becomes less and my effort becomes more until it has reached the point where I put the food into the beak and the bird swallows ok but that is all the bird will do. The chick will not open his beak to eat, I have to do that my self. The younger bird of two days is fallowing the exact same progression only two days later then the older bird.
Both birds are quite healthy and gaining at least 5 to 7 grams a day still. One is 375G and the other is 345G. Stools are normal and frequent. Their crop is emptying fast and completely between feedings. They are quite active and play around now with some verbalizations. They get more verbal at about feeding time and also walk to me to be fed it would seem but yet they take no other part in the process of eating except to swallow. The little guys have been fed by syringe Exact Hand feeding Formula from day one till present and all has gone well.
These are my first Eclectus chicks, I have raised bunches of Amazons and have never had any problems like this. The only chick I have ever seen that did not just totally get into eating and bobbing its head was a sick chick. These chicks look anything but sick. I will have to think about a Vet if this continues but a Vet will not be possible for three more days and things can happen fast when it comes to sick birds.
Can anyone shed some light on this? Is this an Eclectus thing? Is my technique not right? If any one can help it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Bruce Buchanan
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Eclectus parrots are not easy to hand-feed because they do not take their formula from the syringe in large amounts ... less anxious to feed, although they still need a minimum of 10 percent of their body weight at each feeding.

So, making them open their beaks(which it sounded like you were doing) may be very counterproductive.
I've only experience of feeding lovebirds, but the few times one was reluctant to open its beak, gently stroking the underside from the back to the front with the syringe worked fine.
Alan
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