Feather-picking Noble Macaw

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Feather-picking Noble Macaw

Post by GREEN, CATHERINE MAR » Thu, 18 Nov 1993 04:15:00



Hello everyone, this is my first post...hope it works.

I have a problem with my 10 year old Noble Macaw (Max). A few months ago
he started picking at his feathers. I took him to the vet and found
out he has a Vitamin A deficiency. I tried unsuccesfully to switch him to
pellets so now put vitamins in his water and feed him cooked yams.

The vet said wait for the new feathers to come in and see what happens. The
only problem is that after the vet visit he started actually pulling the
feathers out and picks at the new feathers coming in. He does this everywhere
he can reach and he now looks like a Thanksgiving turkey. He also picks at my
neck and shoulders now - ouch!

After ruling out any disease the vet said it could be *** frustration. I
am wondering if it could just now be a bad habit that he'll have for life :(

I would like to try to find him a mate but I wonder if he would do the same
thing to another bird. He has plenty of things to chew on in his cage but he
prefers to chew on himself.

I would really appreciate any comments you all might have.

Thanks,
Cathy


College Station, Texas
(409)693-2481

 
 
 

Feather-picking Noble Macaw

Post by Kevin C » Thu, 18 Nov 1993 18:09:47



Quote:
>I would like to try to find him a mate but I wonder if he would do the same
>thing to another bird. He has plenty of things to chew on in his cage but he
>prefers to chew on himself.

Cotton rope toy and switching to pellets helped Ralph my Timneh.
You've already tried switching to pellets, maybe a rope toy would
help.
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Post by Mike K Holla » Thu, 18 Nov 1993 23:25:31



: Hello everyone, this is my first post...hope it works.

: After ruling out any disease the vet said it could be *** frustration. I
: am wondering if it could just now be a bad habit that he'll have for life :(

Cathy,

Sounds like a good vet.  I described the problems we went through under
the post about PBFD with Titan.  We were told it was mites, then a vitamin
problem, then a skin condition, then PBFD and finally our current vet
suggested a mate.  Titan now is very happy, full feathered and spending
her days modifying a nest box with her mate.  After about $500.00 in vet
bills *** frustration was the source of her feather problems.

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Post by GREEN, CATHERINE MAR » Fri, 19 Nov 1993 01:57:00



Quote:
>Sounds like a good vet.  I described the problems we went through under
>the post about PBFD with Titan.  We were told it was mites, then a vitamin
>problem, then a skin condition, then PBFD and finally our current vet
>suggested a mate.  Titan now is very happy, full feathered and spending
>her days modifying a nest box with her mate.  After about $500.00 in vet
>bills *** frustration was the source of her feather problems.

Thanks for the reply, Mike :)

So, does anyone out there know of a single female Noble Macaw (smallest
of the mini macaws) for sale??

I probably wouldn't really be ready to get a new bird until after getting back
from Australia in March but I would like to start lookig now. If anyone knows
of such a bird in the College Station/Dallas/Houston, Texas area please let me
know.

I also wonder if just another bird (not of the same spp) might work. Max never
picked his feathers when I had a parakeet (Prince). Of course Max hated the
little fellow even though Prince adored him. Prince even picked up Max's
"growl". It was funny hearing a growl coming from a parakeet. Anyway, I've
said enough.

-Cathy

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Li » Fri, 19 Nov 1993 22:27:17


Quote:
> So, does anyone out there know of a single female Noble Macaw (smallest
> of the mini macaws) for sale??

> I probably wouldn't really be ready to get a new bird until after getting back
> from Australia in March but I would like to start lookig now. If anyone knows
> of such a bird in the College Station/Dallas/Houston, Texas area please let me
> know.

> I also wonder if just another bird (not of the same spp) might work. Max never
> picked his feathers when I had a parakeet (Prince). Of course Max hated the
> little fellow even though Prince adored him. Prince even picked up Max's
> "growl". It was funny hearing a growl coming from a parakeet. Anyway, I've
> said enough.

> -Cathy

Ah,  there's the clue...   My wife, Winnie, wondered if just adding another
bird might get Max interested enough to stop picking his feathers.  If he
already had a buddy and lost him, then the feather picking might have
started, although much later, out of loneliness.  You might consider
another smaller bird, parakeet or***atiel, as a reasonable way to check
out this possibility.

Also, just as a note, the Noble macaw is the next to the smallest mini.
The smallest, by a smidgen, is the Hahns.  Noble's have brownish colored
upper mandibles while the Hahns are greyish.  We have a Hahns, Mr Chips,
and he is a great little guy.

Tom...


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Post by GREEN, CATHERINE MAR » Sat, 20 Nov 1993 01:31:00


Quote:

>Also, just as a note, the Noble macaw is the next to the smallest mini.
>The smallest, by a smidgen, is the Hahns.  Noble's have brownish colored
>upper mandibles while the Hahns are greyish.  We have a Hahns, Mr Chips,
>and he is a great little guy.

Thanks for the correction Tom. The pet store I got my bird from told me the
Noble was the smallest, and I also read it in "Macaws" by Loren Spiotta -
but then this book doesn't even list Hahns macaws.

I also had someone in a pet store here in town try to tell me Nobles and Hahns
were the same spp....I now know better.

BTW...does anyone happen to know the scientific name for the Hahns macaw?
I also wonder if these two spp can be succesfully crossed...

Cathy

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Li » Tue, 23 Nov 1993 23:04:18



Quote:

> BTW...does anyone happen to know the scientific name for the Hahns macaw?
> I also wonder if these two spp can be succesfully crossed...

> Cathy

Hi again, Cathy,

Try Ara Nobilis Nobilis.  There is a faq coming out that my wife and I put
together on the mini-macaws.  It should be posted here on rec.pets.birds
the beginning of the month.

Tom...


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