blue and gold macaw red spots

I have a year old blue and gold male macaw. I have noticed little red dots on the white part of his face. He eats lavian fruit blend and pellets along with large parrot seed. I have also been used some wheat germ oil on his food every other day. Do I need to worry about the red spots on his face??? Thanks Lindsay

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Dec 24, 2010
Macaw with red spots
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, these are significant. Macaws commonly exhibit allergic reactions to foods and nicotine as well as other things. I recommend that you discontinue the wheat germ oil. This I not that beneficial. I also recommend that you switch to an organic pellet, such as Harrison's, which is the best you can feed. I also recommend avoiding dried fruits with sulfur dioxide. Finally, have your bird examined annually for a well bird check up and vaccinations. But go not to have these spots looked at.

Dr B

Dec 23, 2010
blue and gold macaw red spots
by: Linda

The red spots could be new tiny feathers coming out, so look for little white like shafts. I know their faces are clean for the most part, so this may not be what this is at all. I recommend you have your bird examined by an Avian Vet as soon as you can.

I also suggest you take a very close look at the ingredients in the food you are feeding. Read ingredients on label and if you see ANY preservatives or any chemicals you are not sure of, look them up on the internet. Some parrot food manufacturers use a chemical called Ethoxyquin and this chemical is used in the rubber industry in the breaking down of rubber to be recycled. How does it get into bird food is because some of the bird food manufacturers are ruthless and use dangerous chemicals to make the food taste better. Even some of the leading brands are not fit for birds and cost a lot of money. You'll also find the Ethoxyquin in many of the leading dog food brands as well as an alphabet soup of preservatives. Some added chemicals taste sweet and birds become addicted to the sweetness, so be very careful here.

We recommend a diet of 80-85% ORGANIC pellets and Tracie carries several out here. Harrisons is the best and is Avian Vet endorsed. She also has several others that are good clean high quality food. Organic for birds is a must in that it does not take much chemical exposure to poison them, and feeding seeds that come from commerical growers are also very dangerous. We recommend pellets and 10-15% organic fruit and/or veggies which equates to small amounts a few times a week. Harrisons makes a very good Birdy Bread mix, and you'll need to buy organic red palm oil, Sunshine Factor to put in it as any partially hydrogenated oil is bad for humans and worse for birds.

The problems with his skin can very well be some kind of allergic reaction to some toxin either in his food, water or treat food. Never feed birds human foods because these are full of salt, sugar and fat all of which are poison to a bird's system. Small birds have died almost instantly when sharing a gunked up cinnamon roll with one of their human friends. The larger ones can tolerate more poison, but it all ultimately ends in death either quickly or slowly.

Thanks for writing,

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