On 3/20/12, Pete wrote:
> I give all of my Birds a shower twice a week. I get the hand
> held device and soak them until they look like they have been
> completely soaked. I do not use any form of soap. I try to give
> the Macaw extra baths when I can, but he still develops a smell
> the next day. He eats Drs Foster + Smith Macaw Blend in his bowl
> and gets plenty of clean, fresh water. I feed all of my Birds
> peanuts, fruit and veggies every night before putting all of my
> birds in their room for the night. I occasionally feed all of the
> Birds Chicken leg and thigh bones too. they all seem to enjoy the
> marrow and have no problems cracking the bones open to get at it.
> I am trying the yogurt, but have not had a lot of success. The
> other Birds do not smell, so I figure Macaws might just have a
> stronger odor than other species?
It sounds like you are doing a great job with their diet and baths.
As for the Listerine thing, I have heard that mentioned but since
I've never had a smelly bird, I've had no occasion to try it myself,
therefore won't comment on it's safety or efficacy. However, should I
feel the need, I would clear it with my own vet first. Both that
it's okay to do it at all, and the mix ratio. I rarely
take "internet advice" without clearing it with my vet. Many folks
are honest but some will give some really shi**y advice. There is
always the possibility that you are just more sensitive to a Macaws
body odor than that of other parrots. I know many folks think
Amazons have a distinctive, natural body odor they consider
offensive. To me, some smell different but none have ever been
really offensive to me. Different degrees of sense of smell maybe.