Mom tells me it’s still WAY too early to tell if this little dude is my niece or nephew, but I’m gonna call him a he just to make this woo-lessly easy (which is how I roll).
Before I forget, he’s a Pacific Parrotlet. His parents are both Blue mutations (splits to something else, but I dunno what that means, Mom’ll explain soon, I ‘spose). Pacific Parrotlets (they’re also called Celestial Parrotlets which is why ours are all named after Moons) are not lovebirds contrary to popular belief. They are actually in the same family as the big Amazon grays and are true parrots.
Gettin’ down to the new baby business… this little dude was born at 3:32am this morning. He woke my momma immediately with these little scratchy, breathy “meeps”. I’m honestly not sure how the heck she heard them, but she started bouncing around in the bed… so of course, I *had* to wake up. Grrr…
She waited until this morning to check on him, since she normally doesn’t go peeping into the nest box at o’dark thirty (eh hmmm… MOM: That’s when most “normal” people, doggies and even birdies are snoozing…).
And there next to the clutch of seven other eggs, was a little pink blob. With dark black blobby spots for eyes. Completely bald. Ugly lil duckling, in my opinion. I’m sure I was MUCH cuter when I was born!
My Momma knew the first egg would hatch soon since it was laid back on March 5th… she writes the oddest things down in that journal of hers… sheesh.
So far Momma birdie (her name’s Io) and Triton (that’s Daddy) are being super parents to my future niece/nephew. Triton eats, regurgitates the food to Io (ick), who then regurgitates the food to the baby (double ICK!). My momma has had them on a special diet since they started showing signs of wanting to breed at the start of 2010.
She says every day they get:
- Fresh supply of cuttle bone for calcium to make healthy eggshells
- A dish of Quiko’s Egg Food – breeding birdies need loads of protein
- A dish full of Petamine – a vitamin and seed supplement
- A fresh and cleaned dish full of water, twice a day
- And lots of quality bird seed and pellet mix
- Plus a dish of veggies and fruits (I get some of those two if they are okay for my tummy): Pasta, cooked beans, peas, carrots, sprouts, grapes, papaya, and whatever else we have in the fridge/freezer.
Now they are also on a special “soft food” to help them feed the babies better. Mom has promised me she’ll write an article herself about all the specifics of that, the care, incubation times in case there are any scientifically minded Woo readers out there. All I know is it took her HOURS this morning to get it all the food ready!