Severe Macaw will not wean

by anmol
(kingwood, tx)

I have a 7 month old sever macaw that will absolutely not wean. I bought him from a store owner that I purchased my 2 other parrots from and she handfed him for 3 months and told me that I needed to take it home cause it was too noise in the pet store and then it would star weaning. I have been handfeeding it formula for the last 4 months and still wont wean. I took it to two differnt vets which both say their is nothing wrong with him and he is healthy and good beak strength and just lessen the feedings and keep putting food in his cage. I dont have the heart to just starve him because he tries to eat foods but he just cant seem to yet. What should i do.

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May 26, 2009
Weaning Macaws
by: Linda

One more thing I forgot to add. Baby parrots do not know how to shell seeds which is why they have to be soaked so that the seed shell comes off easily. Though your bird is 7 months old, until you take him through a proper weaning process, he will never get the idea that food can be fun and taste good too.

Also, ask vet how much you should be hand feeding per meal. If your syringe is too small, he's not getting enough food per day. The reason he may have been noisy in the store is that they were starving him, and hungry baby birds will make a lot of noise to get noticed so someone will feed them. LOTS OF NOISE!!!!!

Linda

May 26, 2009
Weaning Macaws
by: Linda

Yes, I agree with taking him to the Avian vet again. I also know that the Macaws and Cockatoos are slow to wean. In the wild, Macaw mothers feed(supplement) their babies for 9 months to a year, and same with Cockatoos.

Starving your bird is NOT an option, so don't even consider it. It probably won't make him eat any better anyway. He could have a bacterial infection which is causing him to not want to put forth any effort with regular food. Also, you do have to soak pellets, seeds and such to start them in the weaning process. I'd suggest a good organic pellet like Harrisons. Add a little water and let pellets soak it up, put it in cage in his regular food dish. You can also add a few drops of ORGANIC apple juice to sweeten it up. Get him on a good pelleted diet as seed diets are not complete diets. REMOVE ALL SOAKED AND/OR RAW FOODS WITHIN TWO HOURS AS THEY WILL SPOIL/SOUR AND MAKE BABY SICK. Please keep feeding him baby parrot formula as it DOES take Macaws longer to wean. In the meantime, keep putting soaked food, banana, and Harrisons also makes a birdy bread mix which is outstanding in helping birds to start eating more on their own. Use the organic Red Palm oil Tracie sells to go with it and two egg whites only. Even when he does start sampling food you are putting in, keep syringe feeding him a high quality parrot hand feeding formula. After it appears, he's gettng a lot of food into him and his crop is full after he eats, keep supplementing him at least twice a day, then you can taper it down to once a day. Just keep him healthy and do not, for any reason, try and MAKE HIM STOP TAKING THE FORMULA.

Your bird WILL NOT just start eating regular food without using some little tricks to make it easier for him. Ask vet about the soaking of food.Make his new food interesting and tasty, so he has a reason to eat it and/or play with it. Weaning birds start out playing with their food before they eat it. If you are just offering a big bowl of dry seeds, well, he is NOT interested in boring stuff like that.

Also, as an ending to this note, baby parrots become even more babyish when changed from one place to another. Cut the little thing some slack and feed him no matter what it takes or how long. Work with him, keep him healthy, and you will be rewarded with a healthy happy well adjusted parrot. The Severe's are some of the most loving of the Macaw family.

Keep us posted and take him to vet for a checkup to make sure he does not have any infections. You can find other info about weaning baby parrots by doing a google search on "weaning baby parrots".

May 26, 2009
Get help weaning bird
by: The Vet

You need to set up an appointment with an avian vet to get some help weaning this bird. It is a complicated process and I do not have enough history on your bird to guide you.

Dr B

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