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Posted by Lori on 3/21/12
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    On 3/20/12, GreyLady wrote:
    > 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.

    I have 3 Blue & Gold Macaws 12 parrots in all and they have a Fruit
    loop odor, no way offensive or abnormal.I agree Amazons have a odor I
    don't like.