Did they have a nest on the windowsill? Are you sure they were abandoned, as the parents do leave for periods of time, and return.
How are you feeding them? What are you feeding them? You should be feeding them 3 or 4 times a day, when their crop empties. And you should be feeding them enough to fill the crop. Not so it feels hard, but like a soft pillow.I've had them for a day. I've been keeping an eye but the mom hasn't come back. I don't mind raising them though. What other information do u want about the chicks? I've been feeding them every so often. They look like they're doing fine. How exactly am I suppposed to feed them to ensure that I don't get food in their lungs. When thy chirp, what does it mean? Thanks for all your help!!
Shira, you will never get enough into them that way. You need to open the beak gently, put the syringe or eye dropper to the back of the tongue, and put the food there. Not too much at a time. But a drop at a time, you'll have to feed non stop.I think one or two day olds should be getting should be getting about 2 mls of formula at each feeding. As the baby grows, you can increase the amount. By one week, they should be getting about 10 or 15 mls per feeding. At least, this is what I read on a web page. I just eye it, and go by that as all babies are different sizes. I either use an eye dropper, and put about 1/4 of that to the back of the tongue. When they get bigger, I probably give them 1/3 of an eye dropper at a time, let him swallow, then give more. Or, I had had luck with the cut of syringe, covered at the end. Just depends on the bird. But to get enough into them, you'll have to open the beak and go in.They don't open their mouths wide open. I put a drop of food on the side of their beak and then they open up and suck it in and then I put more... Is that wrong? Should I open the beak, put the syringe in their beaks and squirt the food gently down their throats?
Shira, I didn't say to squirt the syringe down their throats. I said to put the food toward the back of the throat. The back of the tongue, if you will. Some people get them to eat from a baby bottle nipple that they fill with the formula. And the baby will gobble it up from the nipple. I gave you a link where they show you how to cut off the end of a syringe, fill the syringe with formula, and feed that way. Try different things, until you find one that works for you. If you are feeding them both the same amount, then the crops should be filling equally. Unless you're not getting the food into the more difficult one. That's why you open the beak and deposit the food inside. That way, you know they are getting it.Thank you so much, Wolfwood!! I appreciate your advice! I found the crop, thanks! I think the formula brand in Hagen and the food is called Tropican. Is that good? Jay3 told me to open their beaks and feed them by gently squirting the syringe down their throats. I have 2 chicks; one eats well and cooperates and I clearly see the crop fill up. The other chick is always very uneasy and his crop doesn't seem to fill like the other's. I feed them the same amount but I'm worried that this chick never eats well. He was so fidgety that I was scared to choke him! I would think he's uncomfortable in the position I hold him but the other chick doesn't seem to mind it. The strange thing is that the chick who doesn't eat as well, is a little bigger than the other chick. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you everyone!!!!