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Posted by Pete on 3/24/12
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    On 3/22/12, Jim wrote:
    >> a young B+G Macaw about six months ago and it seems to
    >> give off a smell from both his body and droppings.
    > You might look up clostridium. Its a bacteria in macaws
    > guts that dont bother them, but is offensive to the human
    > nose. I have four green wings and my 15 year old hen gets
    > it now and again. The vet can perscribe baytril
    > (antibiotic) and its gone overnight. I have treated mine
    > twice now for the fould smell and it goes away litterally
    > the next morning. However, if the birds body is also
    > smelling, it sounds like something else might be going on
    > and the vet probably needs to be involved. Good Luck!

    The results of the 20% Listerine Solution application were
    positive. On Wednesday 3/21, I gave my three CAG`s and my B+G
    Macaw a soaking shower with plain water and then sprayed each
    with plenty of the solution. Today, Saturday 3/24, I gave them
    all the sniff test and they still smelled better than before
    the solution. I give them all a soaking shower every Wed +
    Sat, thus the results on Satarday. I do not think that Lunch
    Lady meant to spray them after every shower; but rather `as
    needed`? It works, and I would not be afraid to use it `as
    I looked up Clostridium and will ask the Avian Vet about
    it. I guess I assumed that the Poop smelled too, but I gave
    the discarded paper from each sleep cage a 'sniff' test and
    none of the paper had an odor. I use a Winix Air Cleaner to
    process the air in their room and figure I had better wash the
    charcoal filter part more often. THANKS for the help. Pete