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Re: Newly Adopted Blue and Gold

Posted by newyork on 2/11/10
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    On 2/11/10, GreyLady wrote:
    > On 2/10/10, new york wrote:
    >> I recently adopted a blue and gold macaw. She came from a
    >> nice older husband and wife, the wifes mother was moving in
    >> with them, she is up in age and they were looking for a home
    >> for the macaw. She seems to be adjusting with me, plays with
    >> her toys, talks alot. The only thing im concerned with is
    >> her diet consisted of only peanuts, almonds, bananas,and
    >> stuffing. Thats it. No parrot food, no fruits and
    >> vegetables, should i continue with this diet? She looks
    >> healthy but cmon I think she needs alot more in nutrition.
    >> She hardly drinks her water, dont know why. I just need some
    >> friendly suggestions. Shes 10 yrs old and the previous
    >> owners had her for 6 of these yrs.
    >
    > You didn't say anything about how much previous parrot
    > experience you have so excuse me if I tell you things you
    > already know. First off, you definitely need to get her on a
    > better diet. But it will have to be done gradually and
    > probably with a lot of patience. They won't change their
    > eating habits just because we start giving them different and
    > additional food items and it's not possible to "starve" a
    > bird into eating what we want it to have. You will have to
    > continue giving her some of what she is used to but start
    > right away adding new things to her bowl. She needs plenty
    > of fresh vegetables, fruits, leafy greens and lots of other
    > people foods. She can eat almost anything you eat but there
    > are some toxic exceptions so always check things out before
    > offering her anything new. Almonds and bananas are good.
    > Peanuts and stuffing is not. Those are the two things you
    > will want to gradually reduce as she starts eating new
    > items. If you are not familiar with toxic foods, it's easy
    > to do a search on safe and toxic parrot foods. For starters,
    > get her some walnuts, scramble some eggs, offer some pasta,
    > cooked and raw. Cooked brown rice, plain oatmeal, and so
    > on. At first you may have to crack the walnuts so she
    > realizes there is something good inside. My Macaw
    > particularly likes spaghetti with just a tiny bit of sauce.
    > Barely enough to make it pink but don't use a sauce with
    > mushrooms, onions or olives. He also loves his scrambled
    > eggs. I use olive oil for the eggs. YOu can also try hard
    > boiled. That is just a very small list of things to get you
    > started. Also, it's wise to have a gram scale so you can
    > keep a weight log of your bird. We should do that anyway but
    > it's especially important during any diet change. Good luck
    > with it. BTW, work her off the peanuts as soon as possible.
    > It we are not very careful about the source and quality of
    > them, they can end up being dangerous. That's because they
    > grow underground and the shell can harbor the spores that
    > cause aspergillosis, especially dangerous for Macaws due to
    > how extra sensitive their respiratory systems can be.


    thank you so much, I have only had an experience yrs ago with an
    african grey, so thanks alot.