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    Question handling parent raised babies

    I'm handfeeding 2, but 4 are being parent fed. How frequently and long should I be handling the babies to insure they are tame? I have been handling them about 3-4 times a day for anywhere from 10-20 minutes at a time,usually once one or two starts to fall asleep. I talk to them and hold them while giving them scritches. The parents are totally cool with me playing with their babies. They will feed them while in my hand, (they even try to feed the hanfed ones, lol) The babies still hiss at me and try to bite when they see my hand coming towards them. they are now 20, 21, 21, and 22 days old.

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    Re: handling parent raised babies

    That's about how long I play with mine. It seems that they get tired rather quickly and want to go back into the nest. I started letting them 'practice' sitting on a perch. I can't get them to eat any millet or foods at all. They are 3 to 3 1/2 weeks old now. Seems like everyday is something new!

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    Re: handling parent raised babies

    Yes, and their feathers are just coming in SO quickly! It seems they'll be flying soon.

    Do yours seem to be getting tame at all?

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    I think that my babies are very tame. Of course, they do that weird sound when I open the nest box. It has gone from the dinosaur wail to a different sound now. Almost like they have a sore throat or something! Once I have them out of the nest, they cuddle next to my hand. I can get them to follow my voice too! They don't do it for long though. They get tired very quickly!

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    Yeah, mine seem afraid of me until I get them out of the box, once out though, they do "cuddle" up against me. I just thought that was because the feel safer when huddled up against something. It's cute how they "walk" right now.

    The runt is the cutest of them all. "He seems the most interested in "his" surroundings and even flaps his featherless wings already! lol!

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    The walking is hilarious! My little fallow pied 'girl' seems to be the strongest one. The smallest baby is so sweet. I get a feeling it may be a girl. The biggest one is just clunky and clumsy! I think it must be a boy!

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    LOL, that's funny. My oldest is also the most clumsy. I think it's just because he's unsure. He starts out using his beak to hold on as he walks until he gets the courage to "let go".

    If I keep one, it'll probably be the runt. "He's" just SO CUTE! I haven't decided if I can take on yet onther resposability though.

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    Re: handling parent raised babies

    I think babies start getting into a freak out stage when you open the box around 20 something days old. I play with mine everyday (no set time) and they're just as good, sometimes better than handfed chicks. I let the parents raise them.
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    Re: handling parent raised babies

    I'm happy to read this thread yay --- parent raised babies!

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    Re: handling parent raised babies

    Hi there,
    My parent raised baby (CADBURY) is so cute, he gets all hissy when I open the box, but after a minute he pushes right in my hand and relaxes! The walking cracks me up! 18 days today, and when I put him back in the box he tries to cling to my hand and climb up it!!!I of course am guessing on the he, we will see...

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    Re: handling parent raised babies

    Hi Coleen what you are doing is just fine. I wouldn't change anything.

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    Re: handling parent raised babies

    Thank you everybody. I'm now a bit more confident that I'm not "messing up".

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    Re: handling parent raised babies

    I agree, their walking is the funniest thing to watch...

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