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Would you advise adding vitamin supplements when rearing turaco chicks? If so, what would you use and where would you get it?
When birds are rearing young in the nest I sprinkle ‘Nutribird’ A21 hand-rearing formula over their normal diet, a teaspoon per chick. ‘Nutribird’ can be ordered from Junglegold over the phone on 01953 452321, or from their webshop at https://junglegold.co.uk/morley-aviaries.
I am hand raising a Red-crested Turaco since it was about 2 weeks old. The bird is now about a month old. Everything was great until about a week ago. It seems to have lost the use of its legs. It tries to get up but – no way! Everything else about it is healthy. We feed it a mixture of grapes, papaya, apples and softbill pellets. It has netting on the bottom of the cage with a few sticks. Any suggestions?
Is it possible that your chick is overweight? Is it very bulbous underneath? If so, try to water the food down considerably for a while.
I use a mix which is mostly banana, with some papaya and some Nutribird A21. I also add some powdered cuttlefish.
Have you seen the article I wrote in Spring 2001?
(Since then I have added papaya and some probiotic.)