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Re: Anyone have hints on how to put wieght on a macaw?

Posted by GreyLady on 12/20/09
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    It sounds like you have her on a good diet. You may just have to
    give it the time to help her catch up some on her weight.
    However, there is another reason they can seem too thin in the
    chest/breast area. That is lack of flying or at least, flapping
    exercises. Most Macaws I know love to do their flapping, dailey
    even if they don't fly. Having Macaws, you may already know all
    this but holding them on your hand or arm, slowly raising and
    lowering your arm can encourage them to flap. Most, after
    getting the hang of it, look forward to it and will eagerly flap
    a lot, given the chance. It's especially important for those who
    don't fly, whether from being clipped or just lack of practice or
    space. If she will flap for you, that will help build her chest
    muscles.