450g Vetafarm Hand Rearing Food is a complete formula for hand raising Parrots. It can be used from 7 days old to weaning. Vetafarm Hand Rearing food can also be used with Passerines and Pigeons.
About Vetafarm Hand Rearing Food
- 450g packet
- Recommended for: Parrots, Passerines and Pigeons
- Provides balanced nutrition for optimum growth and development
- Comes in sizes 450g, 2.5kg & 10kg
Feeding Directions for Vetafarm Hand Rearing Food
Follow the below directions carefully if you are to have success with your hand reared babies.
Starting your baby on Neocare or Hand Rearing Food: For best results always start with a very runny mix. Add 2 small level scoops (scoop enclosed in packet) of formula to a jar or cup, then add one large scoop and one small scoop of boiling water.
Mix thoroughly using a fork for 30 seconds or until an even consistency is achieved (like gritty milk).
Check temperature and feed. The above mix then needs to be gradually thickened over a 48 hour period, at which point the below regular mixing directions are to be used until the bird is weaned.
Mixing Regular Formula: Add one large level scoop of formula to a jar or cup, then add one large scoop of boiling water. Mix thoroughly using a fork for 30 seconds until a thick and consistent paste is formed. Add a further 3 small scoops of cool water and mix for a further 2 minutes or until an even consistency is achieved. Check temperature and feed.
Food Temperature: The temperature of food fed to babies (irrespective of age) should be between 36-38ºC. Temps hotter than 43ºC will begin to burn the crop, lower than 34ºC will cause problems with digestion. It is important that you DO NOT use a microwave to heat the formula.
Feeding Frequency and Amount: The age and species of birds being raised affects the amount and frequency of feeds. Be sure to research the requirements of your individual birds thoroughly before you begin.
As a rule, the last feed of the day should be late at night around 10-11pm and the next feed early the following morning at approximately 5-6am. It is important to note that at the first feed of the day the crop should be completely empty. The crop should be allowed to empty completely once every 24hrs.
Fresh Formula: Fresh batches of Neocare or Hand Rearing Food must be mixed each feed. DO NOT store or refrigerate any pre-mixed formula for later use.
IMPORTANT – Hand Raising babies is a very complex task, particularly when dealing with Neonates or “day olds”.
Vetafarm provide FREE information resources on all the crucial points on hand raising, whether for Neonates or older babies. Please be sure to contact us by phone or email for a free information sheet or check out our informative clips online BEFORE you start hand raising your valued babies.
5mg/g Probotic® 180 Million CFU/g as Lactobacillus acidophilus; L. delbrueckii subspecies bulgaricus; L. plantarum; L. rhamnosus; Bifidobacterium bifidum; Enterococcus faecium; Streptococcus salivarius subspecies thermophilus.
Probiotics, whole grains - corn, wheat, soybean, oats. Meat, amino acids - lysine, methionine
Vitamins - A, B6, B12, C, D3 and E
Minerals - calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc.
Min Crude Fat 12.0%
Max Crude Fibre 5.0%
Max Salt (NaCl) 0.5%
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