On 2/23/08, Amelia wrote:
> Hello everyone, I have a pair of greenwing macaws that
> have laid 3 eggs...and now I'm completely clueless as what
> to do. I was told they were both females, but I'm not sure
> because the previous owner never DNA or surgical sexed
> them, she said they just seem like females.
> So with the possibility of one of them being a male...what
> should I do? I know I have to candle the eggs because of
> the possibility of them being fertile...but...I don't know
> how to do it.
> I was hoping someone who breeds macaws could give me some
> help and advice. I asked earlier this week, but all I seem
> to got was responses telling me how unresponsible I am,
> and how I should just give my birds away.
> I'm not going to do that, I love them dearly, even if I
> can't touch them. But I want to make sure I'm doing
> everything right for them. I already give them fresh
> vegies and fruits daily, and the "male" brings them to the
> female who stays in her box all day and doesn't ever come
> out. I've even watched the male bring her water.
> I have so many questions that I can't post them all here,
> but if your a breeder and have had successful clutches
> please email me! If you breed greenwings, that's even
> Just someone please help!
> Thanks for your time
Coming to an internet forum looking to learn how to raise
baby macaws is not a good idea.
I can see why someone might call your irresponsible because
you gave your birds a nest box. Nest boxes are for those
that have intention of breeding. You can sugar coat it any
way you like, but nest boxes encourage breeding or breeding
Breeding macaw pairs are nothing to fool with if you are not
experienced. Candling is not for the faint of heart when it
comes to big birds.
Keep feeding them well, FIND A LOCAL BREEDER that will mentor
you and teach you.
If that's not an option, sell the babies out of the nest box
when they are old enough to be hand fed. Hand feeding is
another thing to learn and from where you stand, beyond what
you are capable of at this point in time based upon your
Thanks for giving the good breeders a bad name.