Bottle feeding baby birds

Two baby birds, a Yellow Back Gouldian and a Fawn Social Finch, enjoy a handfed meal from a gentle caretaker. The caretaker begins by mixing water with the bird’s food.

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Meanwhile, both birds are in a small container that is lined with a soft yellow sponge. One has yellow feathers, and the other is larger and has white feathers.

The white bird is chirping loudly and excitedly. He wants his meal right away. In a tiny cup, the food and water are carefully stirred to create a more solid but not too hard mixture.

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Nearby, an adult bird pops in every now and then to steal some food from the cup. Once the meal is ready, the caretaker grabs a syringe and puts all the food into it.

It’s a delicate process, and the caretaker makes sure to get as much food as possible into the syringe. Then he picks up the yellow bird first, and the bird is smaller than his fingers.

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The yellow bird joyfully chirps and eats the food from the syringe. After eating, his beak is cleaned, and he is put back down. Next up is the white bird.

When the caretaker picks up the other baby bird, the excited chick squirms too much, so he puts him down. The bird happily eats and finishes whatever is left in the syringe and small cup.

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Bottle feeding baby birds