Vetafarm Neo Care
Designed for hand rearing baby birds Neo Care is suitable for use from hatching right through to the weaning stage of a chick’s life.
Vetafarm have created a complete rearing formula suitable for use with all parrots. A completely balanced diet, it contains probiotics and pre-digestives for a healthy gut and to ensure the maximum absorption of nutrients. It contains all the necessary vitamins, minerals, calcium and amino acids for healthy organ function, growing bones, and the development of strong feathers.
Neo Care should not be used with any other supplement unless advised by a veterinarian. This is a vet balanced food and combining it with other foods or supplements will dilute the nutrition and unbalance your birds diet. If hand feeding from hatching a diet of Electrolytes should be fed for the first 24 hours, or until the bird passes its first dropping. AT this point Neo Care can be fed at a runny consistency, gradually being thickened over a period of days.
Follow the below directions carefully if you are to have success with your hand reared babies.
Starting your baby on Neocare or Hand Rearing
Food: For best results always start with a very runny mix. Add 2 small level scoops (scoop enclosed in packet) of formula to a jar or cup, then add one large scoop and one small scoop of boiling water. Mix thoroughly using a fork for 30 seconds or until an even consistency is achieved (like gritty milk). Check temperature and feed. The above mix then needs to be gradually thickened over a 48 hour period, at which point the below regular mixing directions are to be used until the bird is weaned.
Mixing Regular Formula: Add one large level scoop of formula to a jar or cup, then add one large scoop of boiling water. Mix thoroughly using a fork for 30 seconds until a thick and consistent paste is formed.
Add a further 3 small scoops of cool water and mix for a further 2 minutes or until an even consistency is achieved. Check temperature and feed.
Food Temperature: The temperature of food fed to babies (irrespective of age) should be between 36-38ºC. Temps hotter than 43ºC will begin to burn the crop, lower than 34ºC will cause problems with digestion. It is important that you DO NOT use a microwave to heat the formula.
Feeding Frequency and Amount: The age and species of birds being raised affects the amount and frequency of feeds. Be sure to research the requirements of your individual birds thoroughly before you begin.
As a rule, the last feed of the day should be late at night around 10-11pm and the next feed early the following morning at approximately 5-6am. It is important to note that at the first feed of the day the crop should be completely empty. The crop should be allowed to empty completely once every 24hrs.
Fresh Formula: Fresh batches of Neocare or Hand Rearing Food must be mixed each feed. DO NOT store or refrigerate any pre-mixed formula for later use.
IMPORTANT – Hand Raising babies is a very complex task, particularly when dealing with Neonates or “day olds”.
Vetafarm provides excellent (and free) information resources on all the crucial points on hand raising, whether for Neonates or older babies. Please be sure to contact them by phone or email for a free information sheet or check out the informative clips on their website before you start hand raising your valued babies.
Active Constituents: 6mg/g Probotic®
180 Million CFU/g as Lactobacillus acidophilus; L. delbrueckii subspecies bulgaricus. L. plantarum; L. rhamnosus;
Bifidobacterium bifidum; Enterococcus faecium; Streptococcus salivarius subspecies thermophilus.
Whole grains: corn, wheat & soybean.
Vegetable oils and Natural organic acids.
Amino acids lysine and methionine.
Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, D3, E, H & K.
Minerals: calcium, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulphur & zinc.