Macaw 'Madness'

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Macaw 'Madness'

Post by Wally Germ » Thu, 14 Jan 1993 17:11:49



Skylar, my beautiful, adorable, usually cheerful Blue and Gold Macaw has
taken to 'crying' lately.  It's sort of this pitiful mournful screem that
goes on sometimes for as long as 10 minutes!! :(

I have ignored him!!  

The other day I was at work and the SO had heard enough and through a
glass of water on him!  He stopped!  And......he hasn't 'cried' since!

Question:
Is this method appropriate for the termination of his annoying 'crying'?

REGARDING SNACKS:

Skylar loves to take brussel sprouts and shred them!  I don't think that
much of them actually find their way into his crop (the dogs certainly
stay close during these 'fun' times).  Over Christmas I took a fresh
coconut, cracked it open, drilled a hole and hung a 2" X 2" piece (shell
intact) on his food skewer.  He was is bird heaven!  He 'devoured' the
coconut and 'chewed' at the shell for the next two hours!  He was later
found to *not* be eating the coconut just shredding it!  (Dogs refused to
eat it too! *sigh*)

When I've got a meeting to attend during his routine "out" time I give him
about 10 peanuts to assuage my guilt!  He's seems to be none the worse for
this.

AMUSING ANECDOTES:

I don't believe this actually falls under this category, but during the
holidays I was turning out the lights in the kitchen (Skylar's room too).
I walked past his cage and said, "Goodnight, Skylar, I Love You".  

He replied, softly from his sleeping perch, "I love you, too!. *sigh*

Wally German

Owner of budgies, lovebirds,***atiels, doves, pidgeons, chickens, and,
of course, Skylar!  Can a person have *too* many birds??!!

 
 
 

Macaw 'Madness'

Post by Doug Rober » Fri, 15 Jan 1993 01:28:26


Quote:

> When I've got a meeting to attend during his routine "out" time I give him
> about 10 peanuts to assuage my guilt!  He's seems to be none the worse for
> this.

Beware of peanuts, and _never_ give him raw ones. We lost our Severe
Macaw to liver damage caused be her eating a raw peanut. The peanut,
we later learned, had a mold growing on it that produced aflo-toxins,
and these toxins are deadly to parrots. Unfortunately, aflo-toxin
poisoning is all too common with domestic parrots. If you must give
him peanuts, make sure they are fresh and roasted, no salt. Also ten is
probably too many: they are very high in fat, and there is often
_some_ aflo-toxin residing even on fresh-roasted peanuts. Almonds are
also a dangerous treat, for the same reasons.

A better choice for a treat would be a brazil nut or a walnut. There
is less of a chance of aflo-toxin poisoning from these tree-growing
nuts, and they are also part of the B&G's natural diet. Our Blue &
Gold, Gertch, loves them. He gets an average of one a day...

Quote:
> Owner of budgies, lovebirds,***atiels, doves, pidgeons, chickens, and,
> of course, Skylar!  Can a person have *too* many birds??!!

We're pushing the envelop ourselves: 2 Goffins, 3 Amazons, 1
black-headed Caique, and the B&G (seven: count 'em).

--Doug
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Macaw 'Madness'

Post by Cecil Blo » Fri, 15 Jan 1993 02:51:06



Quote:

> Beware of peanuts, and _never_ give him raw ones. We lost our Severe
> Macaw to liver damage caused be her eating a raw peanut. The peanut,
> we later learned, had a mold growing on it that produced aflo-toxins,
> and these toxins are deadly to parrots. Unfortunately, aflo-toxin
> poisoning is all too common with domestic parrots. If you must give
> him peanuts, make sure they are fresh and roasted, no salt. Almonds are
> also a dangerous treat, for the same reasons.

> A better choice for a treat would be a brazil nut or a walnut. There
> is less of a chance of aflo-toxin poisoning from these tree-growing
> nuts, and they are also part of the B&G's natural diet.

What about cashews?  Our yellow-collared macaw _LOVES_ cashews as well as  
pistachios.  The cashews we have at present are raw...  Would you know if  
these present a potential problem????
 
 
 

Macaw 'Madness'

Post by deme.. » Sat, 16 Jan 1993 10:17:36


In response to your last question "Can a person have *too* many birds??!!"
Our avian vet, in a handout describing his services descrived "just a few"
birds as less than 20.  I like to quote this to people, such as my parents,
who refer to our 4 birds as an "aviary".  Why is it so hard to explain the
appeal of birds to the average person?

                     Renee (& Simon, Zoe, Ricky and Boyd)