Green wing macaw gestation period

I have what seems to be a pair of green wing macaws. They have just laid eggs again for the first time in two years. This time the female is tending them which she didn't do in the past (those eggs weren't viable) What is the gestation period for green wing macaws?

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Feb 21, 2012
time from mating to the egg laying
by: Anonymous

What is the time period from the mating of macaw's to the time the eggs are laid?

Editor's note: They produce an egg which takes about 25 hours. In the future, if you want people to see and answer, you need to post a question, not as an answer here to another question, at Parrot Questions.

Jun 04, 2009
Green Winged Macaw gestation period
by: The Vet

If it only ?seems? that they are a pair, then you need to have them DNA sexed. You know you have at least a female, but you can?t tell what the other one is. Gestation period for macaws is approximately 26 days, but can vary from 24-27.

Dr B

Jun 03, 2009
by: Linda

The Green Wing's eggs incubate for 23-27 days depending on in what order eggs were laid. Eggs are usually laid every other day, so some babies will be much smaller than the ones hatching from the earlier laid eggs. The Fledgling period last for 12 weeks or 3 months. They need to be supplemented witb baby parrot formula during weaning, and the smaller ones will need handfeeding all along so they can catch up in size with the larger ones. If you just have two, your work is cut in half.

If you are going to handfeed babies, you will continue supplementing them at least twice a day with at least 120cc's of handfeeding formula. They will need to be handfed all through the weaning process all the way up to 6-9 months of age. In the wild, Macaw mothers supplement their babies 9 months to a year while teaching them to forage for food. The Macaws mature at a slower rate than smaller birds.

If you are not set up for handfeeding, start looking for the information you need to do so. There are some books out here, and there is a lot of information on the internet about handfeeding baby parrots. It is a learned skill, so you will need to get started right away learning some things about how to do it as it can be complicated.Macaws eat with heads bobbing, and so they have to be held just so to get more food down them than on them and you. Learned this the hard way!! A good place to be shown how to do this and discuss it is with an Avian vet in your area. Your babies will need to be weighed every day.If they don't gain weight every day, they are sick. Call your avian vet and see if they will show you how to handfeed as it is not particularly easy for a novice and babies can be killed by incorrect feeding. GET BUSY IN CASE THESE EGGS ARE VIABLE.

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