A novel approach for hand-rearing Chilean flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis)


Schlegel ML, Edwards MS, Michelson KJ. 2003. A novel approach for hand-rearing Chilean flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis). In Ward A, Brooks M, Maslanka M, Eds. Proceedings of the Fifth Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Minneapolis, MN.


A hand-rearing protocol was developed based on progressive series of food items offered to parent-reared flamingo chicks. Two (0.2) Chilean flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis) were hand-reared due to parental neglect and medical management starting at 24 and 32 days of age. The hand-rearing formula was based on ground Flamingo 24 (Zoological Society of San Diego, San Diego CA 92112 USA), Zoologic Milk Matrix 30/55 (PetAg, Inc., Hampshire, IL 60140 USA), Emeraid-II (Lafeber Co., Cornell, IL 61319 USA), and water.

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