Passwell Handrearing Food

Nutrient-enhanced hand rearing formula

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Passwell Hand Rearing Food is nutrient-enhanced hand rearing formula for all parrots, finches, pigeons & doves. 

Key Features

  • Nutritionally balanced, high protein formula that can be fed from hatching to weaning. 
  • Enriched with omega-3&6, vitamins and minerals for improved chick health.
  • Easily prepared as a smooth, creamy consistency, ideal for spoon or crop-feeding.
  • Passwell Hand Rearing Food is nutrient-enhanced hand rearing formula for all parrots, finches, pigeons & doves. 

    Feeding Chicks from Newly Hatched

    The first feed of the day for 3 days should be a quality yoghurt with high live micro-organism count. This provides a reliable source of live bacteria (probiotics) that may have a beneficial effect on a bird’s intestinal microbial population. This is cheaper and more effective than using a commercial probiotic powder, that usually have short expiry dates and are inactivated by heat and processing.

    Next feed young birds a dilute mixture of Passwell Hand Rearing Food to begin with, and then gradually increase the solids content as they get older. House chicks in a warm, draught-free brooder, at an appropriate temperature for their age.

    Feed Preparation


    Hand Rearing Food
    (1 heaped teaspoon = 5g approx.)

    Warm, preboiled water
    (at approx. 50ºC)

    Brooder Temp
    Day 1 10 g 60 mL  35-37
    Day 2 to 5

    10 g

    50 mL  33-36
    Day 6 to 10 10 g 40 mL  31-33
    Day 11 to 15 10 g 30 ml  29-31
    Day 16 to 20 10 g 25 ml 27-30
    After Day 20          10 g 15 ml  25-27

    Allow prepared mixture to stand for 2 minutes to absorb all the water. Remix, and if too thick reheat the mixture and add a little more water to make the desired consistency. Feed at a temperature of 36-38ºC with a spoon or syringe. Feed until the crop is full, taking care not to introduce food into the windpipe.

    Feed prepared Passwell Hand Rearing Food 6 times daily when chicks are very young, reducing this to 3-4 feeds per day as the chick gets older. Feed small amounts frequently and allow the crop to empty completely at least once each day (ie overnight). Thoroughly clean utensils before food preparation. Food must be prepared fresh for each meal. Discard all uneaten food.

    Note: Do not add vitamin, mineral or concentrated food supplements to Passwell Hand Rearing Food. This may seriously alter the nutritional composition of the formula, and lead to dietary imbalance. The addition of either baby apple, vegetable puree or peanut butter at no more than 10% of the prepared food volume should not significantly affect the nutritional composition of the food.

    Growth of Chicks

    Weigh chicks at the same time each day. Daily weight gains will fluctuate but on average healthy chicks should gain from 10 -20% of their body weight each day. Weight loss could indicate the onset of disease, but often means that the chick is not getting enough food. Otherwise healthy chicks that are not gaining weight may need more solids in the mix, more food at each feed or more feeds per day.

    Weaning Chicks

    Provide adult-type food to chicks once they are fully feathered or begin to resist being hand fed. Excellent weaning diets include the following:

    • For Medium to Large Parrots & Cockatoos use Passwell Parrot Soft Food
    • For Budgies, Neophemas & Small Parrots use Passwell Budgie Starter
    • For Lorikeets use Passwell Complete Lorikeet
    • For Finches use Passwell Finch Soft Food
    • For Canaries use Passwell Egg & Biscuit

    Instead of deficient seed diets, we recommend to wean pet & aviary birds onto Passwell Parrot Pellets or Passwell Crumbles. This is done by gradually reducing the number of hand feeds and offering some moistened pellets or crumbles in a dish. Once the chicks start eating the moist pellets, stop hand feeding and offer only dry pellets or crumbles. Chicks will naturally lose some weight during weaning.


Brand Passwell
Shipping Weight 1.5000kg

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