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Re: 12 week old macaw still wanting handfeedings?

Posted by Mrs. Bird on 1/10/08
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    On 1/10/08, Gabby wrote:
    > And one more :D What age do baby macaws typically wean? And does
    > it very among breeds?
    >
    > On 1/10/08, Gabby wrote:
    >> Question 2....everytime I feed him he makes these soft little
    >> like...baby? sounds? He does it sometimes when I'm not
    >> handfeeding him. What exactly are these? Are they just his baby
    >> sounds like he would use talking with his mom?
    >>
    >> On 1/10/08, GreyLady wrote:
    >>> I agree 200&37; with Mrs. Bird. Let him have them for as long
    >> as
    >>> he wants. Aside from the comfort and bonding angle, it's a
    >>> great way, later on, should you ever need to get some meds
    >> down
    >>> him and all other ways fail.

    Those sounds are indeed baby communications. Since you are his
    surrogate mother, he is talking with you.

    As far as weaning, that does vary by species as well as individual
    bird.
    Some might wean as quickly as 4 months and others could take as long
    as 5-6 months.
    You will get many opinions on this, but to abundantly weaned macaw is
    not a quick process.
    Some are forced to do it quicker and I personally feel that leads to
    future emotional and developmental problems.