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Post: Scissor Beak Macaw/Dull Feathers

Posted by Veronica Degutis on 11/19/08

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    First time user, please bear with me. I've owned several
    species of birds, abosulte bird lover, they are my only
    pets and like children around our house, and avid 'peak-a-
    boo' players. The longest a 6 year old gray who i've had
    since four months old. I was recently given a BG Macaw in
    September. She is 4years old, severe case of scissor beak
    which has on several occasions been trimmed by a vet.
    They've fed her baby food thus far in life and small
    amounts of cockatiel seed (she now has been switched to
    the seed diet I prefer for a larger parrot and eats the
    same portion, generally just sun flower seeds.) A vet has
    not yet said do not feed her baby food, however, many avid
    bird owners have said absolutely not too. I'm not sure
    whether I should feed her baby food or not. I mix up both
    of my parrots diets with sun factor in the seeds, and a
    daily mixture of veggies or berries. The macaw does have
    trouble eating the seed due to her beak and previous
    owners were told for this reason to supplement her diet.
    Some fresh fruits can be challenging, small berries
    (blueberries) and veggies like corn and peas are easy for
    her to eat. I can send pictures of the severity of the
    sciossor beak if it helps. The macaw feathers seemed
    rather dull when I got her and she was in poor condition,
    unable to crack the coating of new feathers (but gladly
    allowed me to do so for her). The since bringing Zu (BG)
    home our grey Walter seems to be dulling in color. But for
    this the vets office sold me some sun factor. I've never
    had trouble with the gray, im sure it hasn't been easy
    sharing her previously one parrot home. But no feather
    plucking, or large change in behavior has occurred since
    the new addition. Any suggestions would be greatly
    appreciated.

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  • Scissor Beak Macaw/Dull Feathers, 11/19/08, by Veronica Degutis.
  • Re: Scissor Beak Macaw/Dull Feathers, 11/21/08, by GreyLady.
  • Re: Scissor Beak Macaw/Dull Feathers, 11/28/08, by pet parrots.