Macaw keeps ruining his beak (Ideas, help!)

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Macaw keeps ruining his beak (Ideas, help!)

Post by Julie Johnso » Sun, 11 Sep 1994 00:38:05



We inherited a green winged macaw (about 4 years old) that I've posted
about prior. Previous owner married a bird hater! Anyway, this bird is in
a 3 feet by 3 feet rod iron cage which is kept open at all times. It has
lots of toys. He has 24 hour access to the top of his cage where we have
built a large play pen. When we first got him (in March), we had to keep
him confined to that cage for many areas (door locked) while we were in
relo apt. He persisted in running his beak across the iron and tore the
outer layer of the beak. No problem because once the 45 day torture
session was over and we were in our new house, the beak areas came back
in.

Now,  we went away for 4 days. Someone came into the house daily to feed
him, etc. Yet, he ripped at each beak again!!!

I assume he was lonely, etc. We had radio and tv blasting on and off
through the vacation.

P.S. I own 17 birds, have raised birds since 1975 but am very new to
macaws!

 
 
 

Macaw keeps ruining his beak (Ideas, help!)

Post by Kurt Tham » Tue, 13 Sep 1994 07:12:52


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>Now,  we went away for 4 days. Someone came into the house daily to feed
>him, etc. Yet, he ripped at each beak again!!!

What about you playing with and rubbing his beak a lot, such that he gets
the idea that his beak is important to you? Then maybe he won't be so
likely to destroy it ?

--Kurt and Chili Pepper (RLA)

 
 
 

Macaw keeps ruining his beak (Ideas, help!)

Post by fzbr.. » Fri, 16 Sep 1994 09:06:36


Are you sure he's breaking it? Is it bleeding or something?  Both my
greenwings have two distinct, often chipped, layers in the beak.  They
grab each others beaks all the time...

-Anne

 
 
 

Macaw keeps ruining his beak (Ideas, help!)

Post by bird.. » Wed, 21 Sep 1994 15:19:17


Quote:

> Are you sure he's breaking it? Is it bleeding or something?  Both my
> greenwings have two distinct, often chipped, layers in the beak.  They
> grab each others beaks all the time...

> -Anne

I have a pair of breeders.  Their beaks aften look like a diabetics
toe-nail i.e layers peel away os new replaces it.