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    question about Dad's behavior

    Lacey wasn't supposed to have babies(long story) but she has two beauties. Munson has been a good dad, but recently became obsessed with chewing the coating off the babies feathers. I have watched very close, he isn't plucking the feathers out. The babies don't like it though, so I keep him away. I'm just wondering if this is normal behavior for dad?

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    Re: question about Dad's behavior

    I honestly can't say since I always pull my babies for handfeeding between 10-14 days. If all he's doing is stripping the coating off the pinfeathers and causing no damage, I'd guess it's probably just his way to show affection by preening and grooming them.

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    Re: question about Dad's behavior

    Yes, some parents will do that. Do you have a water bowl big enough for the parents to wet their chests in? They use this when they incubate eggs. But pairs will also wet their chests to wet down the babies as they grow especially during the pip feather stage. This small amount of moisture contributes to good feather growth. If humidity levels are low they will help remove some of the casing from the feathers.

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    Re: question about Dad's behavior

    thanks for the responses. I read about hand feeding, very serious, and not easy. I chose to watch and make sure the parents are doing their job, willing to give it a try if they weren't feeding the babes. We have chosen to socialize with the babes to get them used to humans. Lacey just loves to take baths and Munson will join her after she gets in. They have water for bathing available every day.

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    Re: question about Dad's behavior

    Ah...them Daddy id just preening the feathers.

    Yes...if you handle the babies from the time of hatch or when they are little they are very mellow and friendly. I let some of my parents wean out the babies and they are as friendly as a handfed. handfeeding does not assure that all babies will have nice dispositions. Alot of that is dependant on the bird itself. I have had some handfed babies that a month after weaning they turned wild as though they were parent raised and never handled.

    Good Luck with your babies,

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    Re: question about Dad's behavior

    LOL, baby #1 is 24 days old and #2 is 23 days. they aren't crazy about being held yet, even though we talk softly to them through the cage several times a day. I've just about decided that one of them will be named Feisty, very protective of her(i think) sibling. when they were first hatched they looked so tiny and fragile, not any more.

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