Blue and Gold Macaw won't or can't extend one wing out

by Kristi Evans
(Jacksonville, FL)

We have been noticing the past couple of days that our Blue and Gold will not fully extend his Right Wing. What could be the issue? He eats, sleeps, plays like normal. There have been no behavioral changes whatsoever. I'm sure we have to take him to the Vet but I thought I would ask first before we incur more costs if it's just something we can fix here at home.

Thank you

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May 30, 2010
My macaw wing
by: Elaine Scott

Funny you should say that I recently adopted a blue and gold Macaw with the exact same problem but with her left wing. She constantly chews near the top on the back of the wing sometimes ending with dotted blood on the point of her beak HOW BIZZARE. I am wondering if she has broken or sprained it. Her preveous owner kept her in a small cage and I am thinking she may have bashed it on the cage.

This is simply cruelty to the max I feel. They are supposed to be kept in a big cage and if she was her wing would have been fine.

I hope someone here can help me too as it is worrieng me and I am only on benefits as I am disabled so cannot afford an avien vet

Jan 16, 2010
Macaw wing issue
by: Tracie

Dr B cannot help you, because he can not examine your bird. There is nothing you can do at home, without an exam to determine what is wrong.

Let us know what you find out.

Jan 15, 2010
Blue and Gold Macaw won't or can't extend one wing out
by: Linda

Unfortunately, we can't say what could be wrong, and he does need to go to Avian Vet to find out. His wing could be sprained or broken or he could have an infection in it somewhere, so it will be good to take him on in for a look see with the Avian Vet. Vet will run some tests for infections/parasites as well as possibly take an xray of his wing to make sure nothing is broken. The macaws have such a wide wing spread, they sometimes hurt them flapping if they happen to hit something on either side. Hopefully his cage is big enough so he can fully extend his wings and flap without hitting sides of cage or toys. Macaws need a minimum of a 4' square cage, and that is the minimum for their 3' wing spread. So, the bigger the better on the cage so he can flap his wings without hitting his toys or cage sides.

Let us know what vet has to say, and if this is just something small and easily treated it should not cost that much. Birds should go in at least once a year for a checkup, so go ahead and take him in.

Thanks for writing,

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