I have a rainbow lorry chick who is just at the pin feather stage. I am a wildlife carer and have had him since he was 10grams. Just tonight, "Budgie" has started regurgitating small amounts after being fed.. he is also not eating quite as much as usual. I have read about crop stasis and his crop is emptying. It is only a small amount, and then he seems to eat it again.. its usually not enough to even drip down his beak. I'm not sure what this means?? Please, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
How thin are you making your formula?? depending if his crop is being over filled sometimes mine will slip some up...have you checked your syringe or (if your using a syringe) for air bubbles?? theres any number of reasons they do this..usually its from having the crop over filled or too runny of formula..if he acting fine otherwise??? just make sure his crop isnt on shutdown, sometimes that last little bit in their can get kinda hard, start massaging very GENTLY his crop to make sure its soft & pliable, just be very careful when doing this..what temp do you feed your formula too?
thanks for your reply. Im not making the formula overly thick.. it easily comes in and out of a syringe.. I did try thinning it a little last night but he still regurgitated a little. He doesnt do it if i pat/cuddle him during and after he's been fed.. as soon as i put him down he does it.. very strange. could it be an attention thing? I make sure the formula is warm... basically the same temp you would make a babies bottle. I havent been doing anything differently than I have all along, from getting him at ten grams to now at about 50grams.. so confusing lol.
I'm not a breeder so by no means an expert, but it may just be that he's regurgitating to you because he loves you? My Meg does this all the time, though she was a bit older... anyway I'm sure someone will come along and correct me if I'm talking poop
if you have a digital thermometer try keeping the formula heated..The ideal formula temperature for most species is 103°F (same as most birds’ body temperature). Some species such as Macaws may prefer a little warmer formula (105° to 108°F). Formula temperature should never be under 100° or over 110° or complications such as crop stasis and/or crop burn may result.
Formula temperature should never be under 100° or over 110°F for most species 103°F-105°F
by and large my babies will do the head bobbing while latching onto each others mouths..depending on the formula your using..it may need to be thickend a tad.. so long as he is gaining accurately & showing no signs of crop shutdown, & you already saying its not even enough to drip off his beak..I would wager a guess that Debbie (Kiwi) may be right lol...i now some of my babies like to chew itty botty particles of there forumla between their beaks lol when you get time we would love to see pictures of your little guy! he sounds adorable! & im wanting a Lori so bad I cant stand it!