Juvenile Formula


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Harrison's Juvenile Formula is a nutritionally complete diet for the hand-feeding of parrot chicks over seven days of age until weaning.

Available as a 454g bag

This formula should not be used in cockatiels under 21 days of age

Special uses: In common with Recovery Formula, Juvenile formula can be used as a digestive aid, for hospitalised birds that require supplemental feeding; birds with beak injury; tube feeding for diet conversion of extremely stubborn birds.


  • Use following post-hatch feeding of Recovery Formula for selected parrots (see below)
  • Supports birds recovering from illness or injuries that may need supplemental feeding and birds that are losing weight during a diet conversion
Chick size/species 0 - 7 days 7 - 21 days 21 days to weaning
Psittacines, doves and pigeons Recovery Formula Mix of Recovery and Juvenile Formulas - see * below Juvenile Formula
Finches, passerines, small insectivorous birds with an apparent inability to digest cornstarch Recovery Formula

* From 8 days old onwards, each day incrementally decrease the level of Recovery Formula in the hand-rearing mix and substitute with Juvenile Formula so that on day 21 the mix is 100% Juvenile Formula.


Caution: The correct feeding technique must be used in order to prevent injury to the bird or inhalation of the formula that could result in pneumonia or death.

  • Step 1: Gently feel the crop to determine that it is almost empty before feeding.
  • Step 2: Mix fresh Juvenile Hand-Feeding Formula and “drinking water” heated to approximately 103°F (39°C). A ratio of 1 part Juvenile formula to 3 parts water by volume is usually advised, however follow the proportions as directed by your avian veterinarian for the age of your bird. Do not microwave. Allow to cool to lukewarm. Chicks with their eyes opened should be fed 3-4 times daily, and birds with feathers emerging, 2-3 times daily.
  • Step 3: Feeding with an irrigation syringe is probably the most universally successful technique. As one faces the bird, position the syringe to enter the oral cavity from the left side of the bird’s beak and direct it toward the right side of the bird’s neck. Deposit the food into the bird’s mouth and, as it swallows, the normal feeding response closes off the trachea and prevents aspiration of the formula into the lungs.
  • Step 4: Feed the bird until the crop is full but not overstuffed, and clean the excess formula from the bird’s beak, feathers and enclosure.

A guide to the usual quantities fed is available here.

Composition: *Hulled Grey Millet, *Sunflower Kernels, *Hull-less Barley, *Corn, *Toasted Soybeans, *Peanut Kernels, *Peas, *Lentils, *Toasted Oat Groats, *Brown Rice, Tapioca Maltodextrin, *Psyllium, *Alfalfa, Calcium Carbonate, *Algae Meal, Bentonite, *Sea Kelp, *Sunflower Oil.

Nutritional additives per Kg: Vitamins: Vit A 19842 IU, Vit B1 5356 IU, Vit B2 4760 IU, Vit D3 552 IU, Vit E 198 IU, Vit B12 80mcg. Trace elements: Zinc Sulphate 26.5mg, Manganese Sulphate 8.8mg, Copper Sulphate 5.3mg