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Abundance Weaning™

A technique for hand-feeding and weaning baby birds

By Liz Wilson

DEFINITION OF ABUNDANCE WEANING™

Name coined in the early 90s by aviculturist Phoebe Linden of the Santa Barbara Bird Farm for her particular hand-feeding and weaning technique.

SIGNS OF BABY BIRDS FED IN THIS MANNER:

Baby birds are fed whenever they are hungry, so unlike the use of more inflexible avicultural timetables, continuous or frequent crying is generally absent. Babies are weaned in the same manner, but the aviculturist or owner patiently continues to offer hand-feeding formula for as long as the baby bird wants it. Simultaneously, baby birds are also finger-fed warm soaked pellets and warm pieces of nutritious vegetables and fruits. Advocates believe baby parrots are substantially less stressed when fed in this manner.

WHAT TO DO

Feed a baby bird immediately when it first vocalizes instead of making it remain hungry and crying until a rigidly specified feeding time.

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alex, bronx, NY
Posted: 12/2/2011 10:49:07 PM
interesting
joan, franklin square, NY
Posted: 12/2/2011 10:42:00 PM
Don"t you encourage overeating with this method?
james, brooklyn, NY
Posted: 12/1/2011 9:10:59 AM
OK
melinda, westchester, NY
Posted: 12/1/2011 9:07:20 AM
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