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Re: Macaw

Posted by ssammy50 on 10/21/07
(19) Comments

    Maybe I'll break down and get one to save my knuckles!! That might hurt
    just a tad bit. In addition to my scarlet I also have a CAG...she is a
    talker...I appreciate all of your help. I was wondering about the
    Harrisons food..saw I could order a 25lb. bag for $119.00. The only thing
    that worries me is it isnt colored.. Im afraid she wouldnt eat it..any

    On 10/21/07, Marti wrote:
    > That is so funny, no you don't really need a food processor but it sure
    > saves alot of time from having to chop everything up by hand. If you
    > have one of those food graters, the flat jobbie that you use to grate
    > cabbage, cheese, etc. will work fine. Just be careful you don't end up
    > grating your knuckles. I think that's why someone invented food
    > processors!!lol!!
    > I have 4 macaws, 2 african greys, and 2 amazons. I don't breed them they
    > are just all spoiled pets. I gained my baby bird knowlege from my friend
    > who is a bird breeder. I take care of her whole flock when they travel
    > to different bird fairs, vacations, etc. It's alot of work when you have
    > several different breeds of baby birds at different ages, some needing
    > fed every 4 hours, some every 6, and all they do is eat, poop and
    > sleep!! Brooders need to be cleaned everytime you feed them. Everything
    > has to be sterilized. Made me want to never breed birds!!! lol!!
    > As for your baby, it sounds as though your doing everything ok. As long
    > as she is pooping alot is a great sign. And birds do alot of that.
    > On 10/21/07, ssammy50 wrote:
    >> Thank You for the recipe! Is there anything I can use instead of a
    >> food precessor? Or do I really need to get one? If you dont mind me
    >> asking... what type of macaws do you have? Im just kinda nervous..
    >> this is the first time Ive ever done any handfeeding and I dont want
    >> to do anything wrong with her. Thanks
    >> On 10/20/07, Marti wrote:
    >>> Hi
    >>> As long as your getting a handfeeding in her a day it doesn't really
    >>> matter what time of the day that is. Now, for the birdie bread
    >>> recipe I usually make a big batch, bake, cut in squares & freeze it
    >>> so you will have to adjust it accordingly. In a large mixing bowl
    >>> add 3 0r 4 ripe bananas, 5 eggs (save the shells and finely grind
    >>> them in food precessor than add to bowl, 1 cup of unsweetened
    >>> applesauce, 1/2 cup wheat germ, 10 baby carrots minced in food
    >>> processor,1/2 cup of Jif chunky peanut butter, 1 &1/2 cups of Kaytee
    >>> Exact Hand Feading Powder for baby Parrots, and 2 cups of self
    >>> rising corn meal, mix well and add a fruit juice ( Example: V 8
    >>> Splash) because the mixture will get thick... it needs to be the
    >>> consistency of cake batter or thicker. You can alternate this recipe
    >>> by adding some crushed pineapple, or some frozen veggies...whatever
    >>> your macaw likes. I add about 2 cups of Beak Apetite " Nuts for
    >>> Alfredo". It has alot of good stuff in it plus vitamins. Pour into 9
    >>> x12 glass baking dish sprayed with Spam cooking spray, Bake at 350
    >>> degrees for about 40 or 45 min. or until a toothpick inserted into
    >>> the center comes out clean.My birds love this and I hope your little
    >>> one does too!!!
    >>> Marti
    >>> On 10/20/07, ssammy50 wrote:
    >>>> On 10/20/07, Marti wrote:
    >>>>> 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
    >>>>> dispositions?
    >>>>> Marti
    >>>>> 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!
    >>>> I would love to have the recipe... she isnt intereseted in the
    >>>> handfeedings in the morning for some reason... I have better luck
    >>>> at night. She took 4 syringes tonight around 7:00pm. Is this
    >>>> unusual? And yes.. her disposition is awesome!!! sweetest macaw
    >>>> Ive ever owned. Thanks so much for your help!