not eating on it's own

by Reinette
(Zeerust, North West, South Africa)

Blue and Gold Macaw

Blue and Gold Macaw

can someone please help me, my blue and gold macaw boy 6 months old, still cant or rather wont eat alone, i dont want him to starve so i continue feeding him, please it is urgent, any help will be great please

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May 23, 2012
not eating on it's own
by: Linda

Baby birds have to be weaned, and this is a process. They do not go from being handfed babies to knowing how to eat on their own. I recommend you do a search on the internet about weaning your Blue and Gold Macaw and see what needs to be done. He will not begin eating solid food until he has been weaned and weaning takes time. Also, Macaws do not need to be weaned until they are at least 6 months old because in the wild their Mother feeds them up to a year old while teaching them to forage for food. So, you will continue handfeeding formula while bird is being weaned. I highly recommend organic pellets to wean your bird onto, and Harrison's is the best and found here. If you cannot get it into your country, then find some organic pellets in your area in a large grind size for your bird's size. The reason for organic is they have no preservatives, fertilizer/pesticide residue all of which are very harmful to birds.

So, go on the net and find information about how to begin the weaning process with your bird. You will have to continue handfeeding at least twice a day until he is able to eat more on his own. Do not overdo the fruit and veggies either as parrots need to be eating a highly nutritious organic pelleted diet for 80-85% of their diet and only 10-15% fruit and veggies a few times a week. Do not wean him onto seeds at all because all seed diets are poor diets that do not meet bird's basic needs for nutrition.

If your bird is new, he needs to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area. Vet will test him for any infections and make sure he is at the right weight and see if there are any other physical issues. We recommend yearly Avian Vet visits to make sure birds are kept in good health. Infections and other physical problems cause birds to lose weight and they become more apt to get all kinds of infections when their immune systems are down.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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