Hello, I have one question regarding my Indian Ringneck. My Indian Ringneck mum is going to have babies, what I need to know is what do I feed her so she can feed it to her babies?
Congratulations! It is very exciting to breed Indian ringnecks. When babies are born, fresh food must be placed into the cage daily as the mother will be working many times as hard to feed her offspring. Additionally, the father will help as well. That being said, it’s important to keep fresh pellets and seeds inside the cage. Seeds provide extra fat for the developing babies and do not perish as quickly in areas with higher temperatures. In addition to providing a base of pellets or seeds, it’s important to keep fresh fruits and vegetables available. Ringnecks are omnivores by nature. They will live off blossoms, fruits, dark leafy greens, and small insects. For this reason, it is essential to maintain this natural diet.
Try dark leafy greens such as spinach, green leaf lettuce, kale, or carrot tops to help the parents offer a well-rounded diet. These dark leafy greens are important as they pack a punch in nutrients, especially calcium. These fresh health items can be incorporated into their diet by offering slices of apples every few hours, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, or pomegranates.
Having an abundant amount of food ensures everyone eats. It’s important to remove foods after 1 to 2 hours to avoid them becoming rancid. Finally, keeping a generous amount of food will ensure both the mother and father eat healthily. The reality is that the parents are very selfless creatures and will feed their babies well. In turn, they may suffer as a result.
The babies grow quickly. There’s no better result between parent-fed versus hand-fed babies. Hand-fed babies tend to look daintier than parent-fed babies as they are more massive.
I hope this helps, my friend!