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Re: Any breeders out there that are willing to help?

Posted by Amelia on 2/24/08
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    Ok look. I'm not one of those scum that decides to get a bird to
    breed to sell. I want these birds to breed this one time, raise
    healthy chicks, so I can have a baby of my own. I have a blue and
    gold macaw already, along with a blue throat, and a military, and I
    have ALWAYS wanted a greenwng (and a Hyacinth, but I set my sights
    on realistic goals). I had the opportunity to buy a proven pair of
    greenwings from a lady who kept them in horrible condition. The
    female's nails were so overgrown that she couldn't grip the bars to
    come out and eat from her nest box. And her beak was split down the
    middle. Luckily my avian vet was able to fix her beak, and the nails
    were trimmed.

    Obviously though I need to keep going to my avian vet for questions,
    but he has never bred birds. I was hoping to get an answer from
    someone who has personal experience doing this.

    I have toyed with becoming a hobby breeder of greenwings, but I am
    not going to fully decide on that till after this.

    I am an experienced handfeeder. My own blue and gold I got from a
    lady who had an "accident" (turns out she was the equilivent of a
    bird mill) and her cat attacked a baby blue and gold.

    He was given to me, way under weight, scratches all over him, and I
    was not sure if he would live or die, but thanks to the excellent
    care he got from my avian vet, and my own experiences in
    handfeeding, we were able to save him and now he is a happy 6 month
    old.

    I know about diets and nutrition. My birds are fed a 75 % zupreem
    fruity and natural pelleted diet along with 25% seed. My breeders
    (Doc and Lena as I call them) get extra seed.

    All of my birds get fresh fruits daily, along with sprouts (i've
    been playing with growing my own sprouts and I've finally gotten it
    to where I am happy with it, so this last month I've started adding
    it to their "freshie" plates (as my blue and gold calls them) with a
    huge success.

    My table even has three table top perches where my three pets sit
    and have dinner with us. Since I cook with stainless steel pans,
    they can eat pretty much everything I cook. Though occasionally we
    do get into abit of a scuffle when someone gets something they
    particularly like and try to come after mom and dad's plates when
    they finish their own.

    So before someone accuses me of being scum and only getting birds to
    turn a buck, do your homework. Like I said, I was just looking for
    someone with some personal experience on breedng greenwing macaws,
    or even just macaws period.

    What a great avian community we have.