On 1/28/09, Sue wrote:
> Hello all,
> My new macaw is now throwing up and wondering what this
> could mean? thanks!!
From what I have seen the easiest way to tell the difference;
Throwing up will be a spray & get on the beak & feathers.
Feeding behavior is controlled but can become compulsive.
I would give the macaw some Gatorade to replace fluids like
Just to be safe.
If it is a compulsive feeding behavior try to ignore it so
you do not reinforce the behavior.
-I would not want to train an insecure bird to feed me!
By not reinforcing I mean do not react positive or negative.
Just clean up the mess & move on.
If you are holding the bird & it is feeding you in a
Put it back on its play area, give it water & some toys to
distract the behavior
If it is throwing up you will need a vet ASAP
If it is throwing up the mess will be a spray & hard to
When my OWA went through a throwing up problem
It looked like someone sprayed the poor boy with a hose.
There was ick all over! It is an OMG!! Thing & the bird