4 Year old McCaw not eating

by Sammie
(Syosset, NY)

My 4 year old female Mccaw stopped eating but is acting fine. What could this be? We have given her all her favorite things and she doesn't eat them.

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Mar 10, 2013
Not eating
by: Alex

Your parrot may be unwell. Birds hide illness until they are too unwell to hide it By that time they can be in serious conditon.

The fact of not eating is itself a very worrying sign and can lead to starvation.

A trip to the avian vet is needed immediately.

Mar 08, 2013
4 Year old McCaw not eating
by: Linda

This means your bird is sick, and needs to be examined for infections or other physical issues by an Avian Vet ONLY. Take her to an avian vet only because dog and cat vets are not licensed to treat birds and know nothing about them unless they are also licensed as an Avian Vet.

When a bird stops eating, it is a serious matter caused by some kind of infection or other issue, so do not wait to take your bird for exam. You did not say what you are feeding your bird, and your bird should be eating 80-85% of diet in organic pellets like Harrisons found here. Fruit and veggies make up only 15-20% of the diet. If you are feeding all seed diet plus human foods, nuts, etc., your bird is getting mostly fat in her diet and needs to be on a diet made to keep birds in optimum health. Harrisons is endorsed by Avian Vets, and I've used it with my Amazons for many years. Below is article on how to go about change. Make no changes in diet until your bird has been examined and cleared or diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Please do not wait until your bird is much sicker to take her to an avian vet. Birds hide their illnesses until they are near death because an injured or sick bird in the wild brings predators to the flock. Thanks for writing and let us know what avian vet has to say.


Mar 08, 2013
Bird not eating
by: Tracie

There is no telling without an in person exam by an avian vet. Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

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