New Chicks in Small, Medium and Large

My parents never really intended to turn in to bird breeders.  They just picked up some cute little conures for companionship from people who didn’t want them anymore and were selling them.  Only the vast majority parrots aren’t sexually dimorphic, so they ended up with a pair that formed a mated pair bond.

Bobber and Mango Snuggling (It's a heart of feathers!)

Bobber and Mango are currently helping raise their third clutch of babies.  Only this time, there was a large gap between when all three chicks hatched so they are hugely varied in size.  I have videos of hand-feeding all five.  I’ll start with feeding Tiny, who is obviously the youngest and smallest of the three.  (And still very much in the ugly, ugly stage.)

The middle chick, Tango, is getting enough of its feathers that it is cute and helpless.  The neck is a bit scrawny and those tailfeathers look so itchy growing in.

The eldest chick my dad has named Tam. It is much bigger, and has a more adult shaped beak.  Also its feathers are much further along and it has started vocalizing frequently.

The parents don’t mind you feeding the babies, but they do insist that they get in on the formula feeding action too.  So here are Mango and Bobber with Tam nearby for comparison.  The father, Bobber is far more energetic and demanding about the syringe and there’s something about the tiny noises that Tam is making that make me want to snuggle it for ages.

It won’t be too long before all the chicks start to look more similar as bigger juveniles, but for now the difference is very sharp.

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