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Wombaroo Passwell Hand Rearing Food

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Product Information

Hand Rearing Food is a nutrient-enriched formula for all parrots, finches, pigeons and doves. Can be fed from hatching to weaning.

Growing chicks need a quality hand rearing food to get the best start in life. Protein and essential amino acids are required for feather and muscle growth. Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids are used for cell membrane and brain development. Calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D need to be balanced for healthy bone growth. Unfortunately, some commercial products and home-made recipes lack appropriate levels of nutrients which can lead to poor growth and development.

  • Nutritionally Balanced: High quality protein with essential amino acids (lysine, methionine) for feather and muscle growth. Enriched with omega-3 & 6, vitamins & minerals for healthy chick development.
  • Improved Health: Probiotic and prebiotic for gut health, plus enzymes for enhanced digestibility.
  • Easily Prepared: Smooth consistency ideal for spoon or crop-feeding.

Typical Analysis





Energy (ME)    
16 MJ/kg 


Processed cereals (rice, wheat, oats), soy & whey protein isolates, glucose, vegetable oils, omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids, lysine, methionine, carotenoids, taurine, vitamins A,B1,B2,B3,B5,B6,B9,B12,C,D3,K, biotin, choline, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium. 5g/kg Protexin®Soluble probiotic (180 million CFU/g), 1g/kg Natuzyme® multi-enzyme, 1g/kg Actigen® dried yeast prebiotic.

Feeding Guidelines

Prepare Hand Rearing Food by mixing powder with pre-boiled, warm water (approx. 50˚C) according to the chart below. Allow mixture to stand for one minute to absorb all the water. Remix, and feed at a temperature of 38-40˚C with a spoon, syringe or crop tube. Prepare food fresh each meal and thoroughly clean utensils between feeds.

Feed until the crop is comfortably full. As a general rule, this equates to about 10% of body weight per feed. Let the crop empty completely at least once a day by allowing an overnight fasting period.


Weigh chicks before feeding each day. On average chicks should gain from 5 -15% of their body weight per day, until they are well-feathered. Failure to gain weight could indicate disease, or mean that chicks are not getting enough food. Healthy chicks that are not gaining sufficient weight may need more frequent feeds, more volume at each feed or a higher proportion of powder in the mix. Feed and growth charts for various species are available under Hand-Rearing.


Offer adult-type foods once chicks are fully feathered or start to resist being hand fed. Ideal weaning foods include Parrot Soft Food, Budgie Starter or Egg & Biscuit. Gradually reduce the frequency and volume of hand rearing food to encourage weaning. For long-term health, it is a good practice to wean young birds on to a balanced diet of Parrot Pellets/Crumbles. Initially offer moistened pellets/crumbles and once chicks start eating these, they can be fed dry. Chicks may naturally lose some weight during weaning (up to 15%), so it’s important to monitor food consumption and bird health in this period.

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