Blue and Gold Macaw who is laying eggs has blood in droppings

by Diane

Hello, I would appreciate your feedback on a situation I am now facing with my 14 year old blue and gold macaw. She started laying eggs a few weeks ago (this is only the second time she has done this in her life).

This morning I saw some blood in her droppings. I'm concerned that her vitamin supply, perhaps her calcium levels are low from all the egg laying. The only other time she laid some eggs was three years ago in December, and she became ill for a time in the summer after that.

Can you advise me what to do to help her regain her health? She does not seem to like cuttlebone which I understand would be a good source of calcium.

Thank you very much.


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Jan 20, 2012
Blue and Gold Macaw laying eggs
by: Tracie

The safest way to keep your bird from becoming egg bound and get all the nutrition she needs, is to feed her 80% Harrison's pellets and only 20% healthy treats. Our avian vet says he has not seen one case of egg binding in over 30 years in birds that eat Harrison's pellets.

I realize this is not any help for you now. You need to first Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird to find out why it is bleeding.

Once your bird is given a clean bill of health, please read our Switching Birds To Pellets article written by an avian vet.

Finally, you can read our Chronic Egg Laying article for help in caring for birds that lay eggs.

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