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Posted by GreyLady on 3/20/12
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    On 3/20/12, Pete wrote:

    > I give all of my Birds a shower twice a week. I get the hand
    > held device and soak them until they look like they have been
    > completely soaked. I do not use any form of soap. I try to give
    > the Macaw extra baths when I can, but he still develops a smell
    > the next day. He eats Drs Foster + Smith Macaw Blend in his bowl
    > and gets plenty of clean, fresh water. I feed all of my Birds
    > peanuts, fruit and veggies every night before putting all of my
    > birds in their room for the night. I occasionally feed all of the
    > Birds Chicken leg and thigh bones too. they all seem to enjoy the
    > marrow and have no problems cracking the bones open to get at it.
    > I am trying the yogurt, but have not had a lot of success. The
    > other Birds do not smell, so I figure Macaws might just have a
    > stronger odor than other species?

    It sounds like you are doing a great job with their diet and baths.
    As for the Listerine thing, I have heard that mentioned but since
    I've never had a smelly bird, I've had no occasion to try it myself,
    therefore won't comment on it's safety or efficacy. However, should I
    feel the need, I would clear it with my own vet first. Both that
    it's okay to do it at all, and the mix ratio. I rarely
    take "internet advice" without clearing it with my vet. Many folks
    are honest but some will give some really shi**y advice. There is
    always the possibility that you are just more sensitive to a Macaws
    body odor than that of other parrots. I know many folks think
    Amazons have a distinctive, natural body odor they consider
    offensive. To me, some smell different but none have ever been
    really offensive to me. Different degrees of sense of smell maybe.