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Old 06-03-2012, 09:46 AM
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So when we picked my daughter's parakeet out they said it'd be weaned in about 3 weeks(which this week would be 3 weeks) and that they keep them for a week before allowing them to go home. So when we visited the baby about a week and a half later she told us it'd be another 1 and a 1/2 to 2 weeks before the baby was ready. So I figured she was right on schedule to come home. Well this weekend I was going to pick up her food I called to verify what she ate and the woman told me she still had another 3 weeks to go! Talk about a bubble burster to my daughter,lol!

My question is the baby is a little over 6 weeks and I *thought* they wean about 6 weeks old. So she should be almost ready right? I asked if she was being difficult weaning and they said no this is just how long it takes. Are they maybe handfeeding her too long? I know our sun conure took longer to wean she refused to give up her last feeding so I thought that was the case with our budgie but they said no.

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Old 06-03-2012, 10:02 AM
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Default You have found an EXCELLENT SELLER...

Every Baby is different.

Usually at about 8 weeks..hey are ready to go home and that is the least responsible time to let a budgie go...EXCEPTION qwould be to an experienced bugie owner who has hand fed before...

It is important that budige can fly for 1-2 days..also before wings are clipped..

Some wean at 5 weeks, 6..BUT they all then need some time away from mom and dad and absolute certainty that baby can eat on its own..perch and is healthy..

It is much better to wait than rush this event....

I thinnk you will happy this has occued in the long run when you hear horro stories of ppl who have gotten their babies too young

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So when we picked my daughter's parakeet out they said it'd be weaned in about 3 weeks(which this week would be 3 weeks) and that they keep them for a week before allowing them to go home. So when we visited the baby about a week and a half later she told us it'd be another 1 and a 1/2 to 2 weeks before the baby was ready. So I figured she was right on schedule to come home. Well this weekend I was going to pick up her food I called to verify what she ate and the woman told me she still had another 3 weeks to go! Talk about a bubble burster to my daughter,lol!

My question is the baby is a little over 6 weeks and I *thought* they wean about 6 weeks old. So she should be almost ready right? I asked if she was being difficult weaning and they said no this is just how long it takes. Are they maybe handfeeding her too long? I know our sun conure took longer to wean she refused to give up her last feeding so I thought that was the case with our budgie but they said no.
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I'd rather them feed too long than too little..

I have bought babies(yellow nape, cockatoo)
that I took back to hand feeding after I got it..because baby was not eating properly and loosing weight..

One cockatoo I bought at 5 months, that owners said had 'behavior problems'..When I got her I went back to hand feeding...

Someone had done it too early...

She became the BEST trained parrot I've ever owner.d//Became fully housebroken..Starred in a TV Movie of the week..amd won California BEST IN SHOW...

Hand feeding budgies is Tricky if you dont know how to do it.

They can aspirate(goes in wrong place) and can die of pneumonia or just the aspiration...

I was HAPPY for YOU when I read your post..
Why not have your daughter spend this waiting time by lookingonline for SAFE ideas..and start crafting some home made budgie toys??

How old is she By the Way??
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See I didn't know I was going by what I had read about handfeeding. So I was confused when I talked to them and they kept giving me different dates.

My daughter is 8 her birthday was may 1st so she's been waiting since than. We bought her toys and supplies and the cage and wrapped that for her birthday with a book about parakeets. So far she has rearranged her cage 3 times since we set it up,lol.
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Hi there. Andria is right, every baby is different. My last clutch I had a 7 year old little girl soooo excited about her new budgie, Rainbow. She came to my house when her bird was 6 weeks old to pick one out. IT was the youngest of all my babies (I had 18 at the time!). I told her she should be weaning anytime and I would call them when she was ready. Well, almost 3 whole weeks later, she was finally weaned. She is doing great in her new home. She is the girl's best buddy and goes all over the house with her either on her shoulder or flying above her head. She even talks a little. Best just to wait it out. You'll have a better bird for it. Good luck!
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Thank you . I know every baby was different, our sun was the oldest baby the breeder had and took the longest to wean lol. I was just nervous but it is good to know they are doing everything right.
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I am confident that you will receive a healthy budgie because your breeder is being extremely responsible with the time line. You used "they" when referring to the place you'll be getting the budgie. Is it possible that someone less experienced there gave an incorrect weaning time, not knowing yet all the details. For instance, maybe that person knew the expected weaning date for the OLDEST chick in the clutch and not yours specifically.

In any case, perhaps you can arrange a visit with your daughter to alleviate some of her impatience. You can also use an analogy to help her accept/understand, telling her that her father was excited for her to come home from the hospital before she was born but that he had to wait until the doctors were sure you were healthy. The wait was worth it to make sure that all of you were healthy.
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Ahh the ornrey little late weaning babies! I will give you the perspective coming from the breeder in this scenario, as believe me they quite stressed right now too

Babies usually will wean around the 6 week mark, and then a week or 2 later around 8 weeks after getting to spend some time with their siblings and working on some basic training like stepping up they are ready to go to their new homes

However, there are sometimes those ornrey little boogers that have quite a different idea of what they would like to do They are much more content to stay right where they are and keep having us feed them 3 times a day and have fun playing, despite our best efforts to encourage them to wean with all kinds of tempting food where they can not possibly miss it Some babies just take longer than others, there is nothing that is done different with them than their siblings they just move at a slower pace If you try to force a baby to wean you actually move them in reverse of weaning and cause all sorts of emotional and physical problems, because not only does the baby feel abandoned and unprepared to care for itself but they have a very high metabolism and can not afford to be hungry for long. A hungry baby is not going to be curious and try new foods, but instead is going to keep begging for food from the breeder and make little to no progress at all. On the other hand a full and content baby is one that will want to explore and try new things, and this is what we need for them to wean.

I will tell you too that the breeder is no more happy than you right now too, there are very few things that are a worse part of this hobby for me than having to send the dreaded email or phone call letting a patiently waiting family know that their cute little baby that they have been waiting on for 6-10 weeks is simply weaning slower than is normally expected, and that all I can do is wait for them to be ready

It is a great sign that the breeder is being honest with you in saying the baby just is not ready yet, people in it just for the money could try to sell you a baby before they are ready just to get the money faster, and the last thing you want to do is get a baby home that is not weaned and all the problems that causes! Ok Blabbing over...

I know it is tough, but when you look back at these few weeks in all the years to come that you and your daughter will have with your little cutie, you wont regret it at all and it will seem like such a short time Hang in there!
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Yeah we know it's best for the baby, I am in no way an experienced handfeeder. I just noticed the same look in my daughter's eyes as I had in my eyes when our sun conure breeder told us that our stubborn little bird just did not want to give up that last handfeeding. I was so dissapointed, so was she. It's the best for her little Cinderella though.

I say "they" when speaking of where our baby is coming from because we're getting her from a petstore that handfeeds babies, we couldn't find a breeder in our area and we had the choice of buying 12 week old parent raised babies from a store 5 minutes from us or driving over an hour one way to get a handraised baby from a different store. We opted for the handraised baby as I thought that would be heading us in the right direction for a bird that would be good for our daughter.

Thanks I feel better and I had my daughter read the responses too so she doesn't seem so sad anymore knowing that her baby is being well taken care of. I took her out let her pick out some new toys for her cage too(so she can rearrange it for the 4th time!).
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I love that you are naming the baby Cinderella - so cute!
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