constipated Macaw baby

Our eight week old Blue and Gold Macaw was hesitant to take the second syringe/helping of his late nite feed, and now seems constipated. Something we should do immediately? How concerned should we be? He has had a small bowel movement, but obviously wants/needs to do more, and seems to not want to take anything else into his beak.
Any help will be most appreciated.
Les

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Dec 28, 2011
constipated Macaw baby
by: Linda

Yes, your baby is sick, and baby birds do not last long when they are sick, so this is an urgent situation for getting to an Avian Vet in your driving area immediately. Have avian vet do a throat swab to check for bacterial infection because the anal test is not very accurate. Lots of baby birds get bacterial infections, and he will require some meds for it.

The other thing is make sure your handfeeding formula is not too thick because this will cause constipation and dehydration as well. You are no where near weaning age with this large bird, so do not thicken the food too much.

Do not start to wean your Macaw baby until he is approaching 6 months of age. Ine wild, mother Macaws and Cockatoos sometimes feed their babies up to a year old while at the same time teaching them to forage for food, so at about 6 months, you could begin the weaning process while still feeding 2-3 times a day until he is eating a good amount of organic pellets. Do not wean onto seeds because this is a poor diet that will leave your bird unhealthy and sick all the time. There are organic pellets found here, and Harrison's is the best on the market. For now, get him seen by an Avian Vet and get him well. Also make sure you don't cook out all the water because his formula is his only source of fluid, and the constipation is very dangerous as is dehydration.

Linda

Dec 28, 2011
Baby macaw constipated
by: Tracie

You need to Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird.

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