Hatchling (naked and may be blind)
Seek assistance from a more experienced rehabber. These guys can be tricky.
Nestling (pinfeathers or feathers, but not flying yet)
60-70% DRIED formula and 30-40% fruit mixed and then warm water added to applesauce consistency. Do NOT use Kaytee Exact as this formula is too high in iron. Pretty Bird is acceptable. Fruit should be fresh mango, papaya, banana, or any combination of the three, but applesauce or strained fruit baby food can be used if necessary. Add three mealworms (preferably ones who've recently shed their skins - they are white) and fingernail size pieces of soft tofu or bits of boiled egg for additional protein supplement. Protein is VERY important at this stage for proper feather growth, but don't substitute egg and tofu for formula. Pinfeather babies should be fed every half hour through a twelve-hour period and feathered babies every 45 minutes to an hour through the same period.
Fledgling (limited and strong flight)
Same mix as above, but formula mix should be pudding consistency (add less water). Four to five mealworms are okay for this age along with tofu and egg. Two or three de-legged crickets can also be given. As the baby gets older, mix the formula to a thick paste consistency and start feeding off of a finger. This will help to transitioning the bird to solid food. After about three or so days of feeding the paste formula, bits of fruit or softened softbill pellets can also be given. Soft fruit can be given at a younger age, of course, but not to substitute for formula. Start putting pieces of fruit in the bird's cage along with insects and feed approximately every 1 1/2 hours. The bird can go up to 2 hours if you observe it feeding itself. Until it is actively interested in food, however, do not let it go over 3 hours without offering more food than what is has already in its cage. When the bird is actively interested in food, transition over to an adult diet.
Prone to a condition called Hemochromatosis (iron poisoning) be very sure diet is LOW in iron; absolutely NO dog or cat food and Kaytee Mynah Pellets are also too high in iron. If softbill pellets are to be given at all, do not exceed 30% of the diet, as nearly all mixtures tend to be somewhat high in iron. Hagen softbill crumble for mynahs is appropriate to feed. Omnivorous with exception of red meat, raisins, and other high iron foods. Mealworms in small quantities (no more than 10 or so a day), crickets (de-legged to prevent them from hopping away), soft tofu, and chopped, boiled egg all are very good sources of protein. Mynahs to be readied for release should be fed food they can find in the "wild" such as mango, papaya, banana, cooked rice, bread pieces, and insects. Other suitable foods can supplement the above, but the bird must be familiar with food that is readily available.
(Adapted from material provided by Merri Keeton)
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