7/25/03 - Now 12 days old, this baby Blue Head was
brought in from the nest a few days ago. He was not doing well at
all, he laid on his back all the time and kept his legs stretched out and
kept his neck and head bent tightly against his shoulder. He
looked very uncomfortable. There has been other birds in the past
years that have had this problem and it is corrected with the use of
antibiotics. It is probably due to an infection.
I kept him confined in empty toilet paper roll tube, cutting the one end
and making a flange like base to keep it standing up right, closing off
the bottom and then a little bit of bedding that could be changed
frequently. Then it was placed in a container on a heating pad. He
is now keeping his head straight and can sit up better. The antibiotics is
what is making him better and the tube it is to help make him more
comfortable. His eyes are still closed.
He is now out of the tube as he is getting slightly too
big for it. He is now kept in a container see in the above photo,
with a cloth wrapped around him to help keep him from laying back.
He has made a huge improvement. Check back in a few days for
- Around three weeks old.
What a huge improvement on how this little Blue Head is now doing.
Sits in upright and leaning forward positions now and does not want to
rear backwards. Eyes have now been opened for a couple of days.
Eats four times a day at about 5 cc per feeding, he does not digest as
quickly as some babies and this is not a problem. He is starting to
really pick up with the intake of food. Although he should be a bit
further along for his age, but due to the difficulty he had with his start
in life, it has slowed him down in the beginning. Now on the road to
good health, this baby will make a great pet companion.
Starting to see grey in under the skin for feather
development. Check back here soon for more updates.
8/8/03 - Baby Blue Head mingles with
Baby Maximilian's . . .
SOLD . . . and has a name. Call him 'Flynn'. Posed by
the diet Coke can.
in on the action with the three Maximilian's, they started pushing and
one another, then they all wanted to beak each other because they were
and it was feeding time and they wanted me to stop messing around
the camera and feed them!
'Flynn' wants to
know if you can see him among the other babies! It's not easy to
try to get photos
of hungry babies.
Flynn is doing very
well. He weighs around 75 grams now and his pin feathers are
more than 1/4 inch
out of the wings, although he seems quite naked yet but it won't
be long and he will
start filling in with feathers. The Maximilian babies that he is
with are just
slightly one month old. Flynn is 26 days old today. Because of
sickness in the
beginning of his life he is smaller than he should be but he will still
turn out to be
Here is an example↓of
size & age comparisons, in this photo the center baby of the three
chicks that you see; that chick is only one day older than
Flynn, plus these three babies were feed by the foster parent much longer
than Flynn was fed by his parents. Mainly due to his illness in the beginning is what
mostly gave him the set back. He is now a thriving little
youngster and has an hearty appetite and I feel greatly happy that I have
helped him out so he has a life with someone who will love and cherish
I will have some better photos here with in another
day or two.
Here are three more photos of Flynn, you can see he is starting to get a
little more pin feathers and slightly filling in on the crop area with
some down feathers.
I have put him in the tub
with the three Maximilian babies and he seems to like that, now he
says " look ma now I'm not alone!"
Eating about 8 cc of
formula per feeding and is eager to eat.
Now Go To
Heads Page 2 To See more
on Flynn's growth.