A Complete Nutritional Support Formula for Sick or Injured Birds
For birds needing an easily assimilated source of nutrients.
For medical and surgical patients that are recovering from pansystemic failure.
For nutritional support of a bird during the transition phase of a diet change.
For birds in which anorexia has slowed gastrointestinal emptying time.
Also used as a handfeeding diet for growth from hatching to fledging of small insectivorous birds with an apparent inability to digest cornstarch. Species include bushtits, wrentits, vireos, wrens & smaller flycatchers and warblers.
Caution: The correct feeding technique must be used in order to prevent injury to the bird or inhalation of the formula that could result in pneumonia and death. If using a non-metal or flexible tube, be sure that the bird does not damage the tube.
Step 1: Gently feel the crop to determine that it is almost empty before feeding.
Step 2: Mix fresh: 1 part dry formula to 1-3 parts bottled “drinking water” heated to approximately 103°F (39°C). Do not microwave. Allow to cool to lukewarm.
Step 3: Feeding with a tube is probably the most universally successful technique. As one faces the bird, position the tube to enter the oral cavity from the left side of the bird’s beak and direct it toward the right side of the bird’s neck. Deposit the food into the bird’s crop.
Step 4: Feed the bird until the crop is full but not overstuffed and clean the excess formula from the bird’s beak, feathers and enclosure. Repeat as often as needed to maintain or increase the bird’s body weight.
one of our girls recently would not eat anything, not even her favourite treats - she was checked at the vets heart, respiration etc etc,and nothing found - we wormed her but still no luck in getting her to eat.
I already had some Harrisons Recovery Formula but I made it up into a thick paste which once a little bit dried out could be rolled into pellets and popped into her mouth. She was happy about this and over a week I added in her normal food and a little grain. Now 3 weeks later she is absolutely back to her old greedy self, but I doubt she would have survived without being hand fed, and the Harrisons is a good way of giving her complete nutritional support.
my chicken recover well from sickness as we force feed this formula to her
I used this product to hand feed a baby sparrow we rescued due to the high protein content as opposed to Kaytee Exact Hand Feeding Formula with success. I would definitely recommend this product over Kaytee for insectivorous baby birds.
- Dana McDonald, TX
I got an african grey parrot who was an infant, and he lost 200 grams on the first week becaus i shifted him from seeds to healthy diet. I started to give him recovery formula and he gained weight and was full of energy
A life saver!
I used this formula for my Quaker parrot when he stopped eating during an illness. The formula was easy to mix and has a smooth consistency. My bird loved it and it helped him through his illness until he was able to eat on his own again. Excellent formula!