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

    Lori, I`m at that age that I need High fiber cereal, so I do not know
    what Fruit Loops smell like. I found a bottle of the old yellow
    Listerine and I gave my three CAG`s and B+G Macaw a long soaking shower
    and then sprayed all of them with plenty of the 20% mix. I will report
    on how they all smell and how long the effects last. THANKS Lunch Lady