macaw 'madness'

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macaw 'madness'

Post by barbara turnbul » Sun, 17 Jan 1993 22:37:55



Hi, Doug;
DR> Beware of peanuts, and _never_ give him raw ones. We lost our Severe
DR> Macaw to liver damage caused be her eating a raw peanut. The peanut,
DR> we later learned, had a mold growing on it that produced aflo-toxins,
DR> and these toxins are deadly to parrots. Unfortunately, aflo-toxin
DR> poisoning is all too common with domestic parrots. If you must give
DR> him peanuts, make sure they are fresh and roasted, no salt. Also ten is
DR> probably too many: they are very high in fat, and there is often
DR> _some_ aflo-toxin residing even on fresh-roasted peanuts. Almonds are
DR> also a dangerous treat, for the same reasons
Does this go for greys, too?  wow, mine had one bag of raw peanuts
that lasted a long time and i haven't been able to find any since.
now i know why they're so hard to find!
that's good to know, he loves them and hasn't had any in a long while.

DR> A better choice for a treat would be a brazil nut or a walnut. There
DR> is less of a chance of aflo-toxin poisoning from these tree-growing
DR> nuts, and they are also part of the B&G's natural diet. Our Blue &
DR> Gold, Gertch, loves them. He gets an average of one a day...
also these nuts, would they be ok for a grey?  do you give them to
your bird in the shell?  would these be better for greys than peanuts?


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macaw 'madness'

Post by Robert Wiega » Wed, 20 Jan 1993 01:38:12


Quote:

>DR> A better choice for a treat would be a brazil nut or a walnut. There
>DR> is less of a chance of aflo-toxin poisoning from these tree-growing
>DR> nuts, and they are also part of the B&G's natural diet. Our Blue &
>DR> Gold, Gertch, loves them. He gets an average of one a day...
>also these nuts, would they be ok for a grey?  do you give them to
>your bird in the shell?  would these be better for greys than peanuts?

Giving the entire nut is probably too much. For a Grey to eat an entire
brazil nut would be like a human eating a nut the size of a watermellon.

Always remember the size difference when giving food to your birds.
What seems like a tiny amount to you is a huge amount to them.

You are 150 times a big as your bird, so the amount you give them should
be 150 times as small as what you would eat.
Since you wouldn't eat 150 nuts at one time, giving one to your bird
is too much.

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