Juvenile Hand-Feeding Formula

For hand-rearing and rehabilitation


  • For chicks following feeding of Recovery Formula for most parrots and some other birds (see below).
  • For birds recovering from illness or injuries and birds that are losing weight during a diet conversion.

Storage: Harrison's Bird Foods do not contain artificial preservatives. Once opened, a bag of Harrison's should be used up within 8 weeks. Storing food in fridge or freezer helps maintain freshness.

Veterinary surgeons - this product can be ordered through your wholesaler, or contact us for ordering information.

When to use Juvenile Formula

The different Harrison's hand feeding formulas should most commonly be used in these situations:

Feeding directions

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 bottled “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.

Guide amounts:

If you are inexperienced hand-feeding young birds, seek guidance from an avian vet on the appropriate proportions to use. The guide to usual feeding amounts is available here:


*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.

Analytical constituents: Crude Protein (min.) 18%, Crude Fat (min.) 11%, Crude Fibre (max.) 4%, Moisture (max.) 10%.