One of the perks of working at a bird rehabilitation center are the opportunities to care for and have the option to adopt some of the ‘exotic’ class species that come through the door. Technically they aren’t in the center’s rehab program, since it can only deal with wildlife, and technically the birds cannot be released back into the wild, since they ARE exotic species that don’t belong loose in Florida. SO, staff and volunteers must adopt the babies and take them home.
There are two of us taking care of these parakeet babies. The youngsters are different ages, and so are different sizes and stages of development. Parakeets like to hide and huddle together, and the more they can climb on top of each other, the happier they are.
Happily, all of these five babies are eating well from a specially-designed spoon. We bent a measuring spoon with a pliers to simulate momma’s beak and it’s working great. The formula is Exact baby bird diet – extremely messy but oh! so yummy! And NO, I’m not keeping all five!
Just maybe this one…