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Re: Macaw

Posted by Marti on 10/20/07
(19) Comments

    Hi sammy
    I posted earlier on here but the administration must have
    deleted it because I added my email addy. I'm glad to hear that
    you are weighing your Scarlet, average weight for an adult
    scarlet is between 1000-1100 grams. She is still a baby yet and
    is still growing so I would still try to give her 1 handfeeding
    a day preferably in the morning when she wakes up & is hungry.
    She needs those extra vitamins provided in the formula. You
    could try making a birdie bread using the handfeeding formula (
    did that when I was weaning mine). Let me know if you want the
    recipe. Thats good that she is eating fruit and veggies but
    watch out with the seeds. My guys would fill up on seed if they
    had access to it all day and that's not good. I use Harrison's
    pellets, it's a tad expensive but in researching the ingredients
    it's the best. They have a bowl of that in thier cages all the
    time and occasionally I will offer them a small bowl( 1/2 cup)
    of macaw seed which of course they devour!! Mine get a walnut, 3
    almonds, and a few pistachios everyday to satisfy those busy
    beaks and they need the added nutients & fat derived from nuts.
    Good luck with your scarlet!! Don't they have the sweetest


    On 10/20/07, ssammy50 wrote:
    > On 10/19/07, Marti wrote:
    >> On 10/18/07, ssammy50 wrote:
    >>> Could anyone tell me how long it usually takes for a macaw
    >>> to ween? Thanks
    >> Usually they let you know when they are ready to eat on
    >> thier own.... I usually keep them on at least 3 hand
    >> feedings until they are eating pellets, seed and nuts and
    >> soft people food relatively well. This can be up until they
    >> are 5 months old or older. And I still give them a least one
    >> hand feeding a day even when they are eating well on thier
    >> own. It just makes them more content.
    > Thank you Marti. My scarlet macaw is a about 3 1/2 months old
    > and really isnt interested in handfeeding anymore. She spends
    > alot of time at her food bowl with her pellets and seeds...
    > really cant tell if she is eating them or just cracking them.
    > Up until the other day I was hand feeding her twice a day.
    > Thursday night she took one syringe,... wasnt interested in it
    > Thursday morning. Friday morning... no luck, Friday night...
    > took about 4 syringes... and this Morning (Saturday) she is
    > not interested in it at all.... eats her fruits and veggies
    > and pellets. Weighed her this morning she is at 907. Would you
    > say she is pretty much done with it? Thanks for your help!