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Published on Oct 13, 2009
This is a video clip of 2 baby Greys being fed. While recording it, I had some bright lights over the babies that I normally don't have. Greys are a bit sensitive about new things. You will notice the baby on the right is growling a bit because of the light. As I approach to feed him, he continues to complain so I go ahead and feed the other one who is more eager. Notice that he pumps as I put the syringe into his mouth. When I am done with the first one, I go back to "Grumpy". The main thing to notice is that I don't force the issue. I put the syringe tip in the mouth and dribble a small amount of formula in. As soon as he realizes that the bright light is not going to eat him and I'm just trying to feed him, he begins a nice feeding response. At that point, and no sooner, I put the syringe all the way in and feed him.
When you feed a lot of babies, this process becomes very easy. It is more of a feel than a visual thing. You can feel when the baby is ready compared to when it may be resisting. If a baby is resisting, you find out why and resolve the issue. Most often when a baby is resisting, hunger is the driving force that is missing, and it will bring them around.