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Post: A little help please....

Posted by Darcie on 1/10/08

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    I recently acquired a pair of Greenwing Macaws. They are
    breeder birds, and not at all used to humans holding them.
    Though the female has calmed down to not lunge at me
    evertime I come near the cage and she is actually letting
    me scratch her head when I put her plate of "freshies" as
    she calls them in her and her mate's cage.

    Apparently though...I didn't take off their nest box quick
    enough and now I have a clutch of 2 eggs. The lady I got
    them from came over to take a look at them and she brought
    a machine that detects heartbeats within the egg? I
    thought it was weird, but she told me that they are
    fertile.

    I'm not one to kill something, Even if it is an unborn
    little birdie. My hen is still sitting on them and acting
    very proud of herself, and her mate is bringing her the
    freshies straight to her door.

    Though...I've been told she will feed them, but I'm not
    interested in having any more macaws. I have briefly
    handfed before and I know about burning their crop, or
    infections, but..when should I take the babies from their
    mother? And where do I get the bands to put on their legs
    to prove they were hatched here in the US?

    If there is a breeder out there that could give me a
    little help on getting started I would really appreciate
    it. I'm not looking to do this again and their nest box is
    coming off after these hatch...but....what exactly do I
    need to make sure I help to raise some healthy chicks??

Posts on this thread, including this one
  • A little help please...., 1/10/08, by Darcie.
  • Re: A little help please...., 1/10/08, by Mrs. Bird.
  • Re: A little help please...., 1/10/08, by Darcie.
  • Re: A little help please...., 1/10/08, by Mrs. Bird.