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Topic: Blue and gold macaws
Message: Posted by: KSMagic2007 (Aug 15, 2004 08:55PM)
Hi, if anyone out there has a blue and gold macaw,
Please PM me, I have a question that I would like to ask you.

Thank you all very much,
Kyle
Message: Posted by: R2 (Aug 15, 2004 09:51PM)
Shoot me a pm Kyle. I have a loner.
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Aug 16, 2004 08:46AM)
I have one. What's your question?
Message: Posted by: KSMagic2007 (Aug 17, 2004 10:15PM)
I have a blue and gold, that is four and a half years old. I feed him zupreme fruitblend, along with fruits and vegitables. Recently, like over the last two weeks, I noticed he was not eating very much atof his zupreme, but was eating all the purple pelets of his zupreme, but still eating fruit and veggies. Has anything similar to this ever happened to yo? What do you think is going on?

Any ideas would be great

Kyle
Message: Posted by: Stevenleeaugust (Aug 18, 2004 02:53PM)
It is not uncommon for a bird to pick his fave color or shape and ignore the rest. I also supplement (note I said supplement, not as a main diet) Zupreem but I alternate between the fruit blend colorful pellets and the plain (brown pellets) that Zupreem makes. Since all are uniform in shape and size they tend to eat it all. Also, as long as we are discussing pellets stay away from Kaytee’s exact. It contains Ethoxiquin <SP> that is an insecticide.

Steve
Message: Posted by: KSMagic2007 (Aug 18, 2004 03:45PM)
Thanks Steve,
I have been giving zupreme to my macaw for about 3 and a half years. How dhould I go about swiching him to the fruit blend and plain pellets?

Kyle
Message: Posted by: Jkta99 (Aug 18, 2004 11:09PM)
Just a small amounts and just keep increasing it as time goes on.

BTW the best foods are zupreme and Harrisons.
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Aug 19, 2004 07:57AM)
For pellets, I use Tropicaan Hagen Pellets. It smells like bubble gum. I like the smell on their breath when they eat it. All my parrots seem to like it except for my mollucan cockatoo. He just wants sunflower.
Message: Posted by: Jkta99 (Aug 19, 2004 12:04PM)
Lou Hilario Sunflower seeds are bad for your birds health.
Message: Posted by: Xavier (Aug 19, 2004 08:49PM)
Everything in moderation.
Message: Posted by: DVA (Aug 20, 2004 01:15AM)
Jkta99,
Not true as a blanket statement. You do not want the salted ones. You also don't want to feed them only sunflowers as they won't provide the proper nutrition. If the cockatoo really likes sunflower seeds I would suggest saving them for training sessions as the reward for performing a behavior correctly. Positive reinforcement is the way to go.
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Aug 20, 2004 09:59AM)
My cockatoo refuses to eat anything but sunflower. But he eats (or plays) with his fruits, veggies, pellets and bread in very small amounts. I tried removing the sunflower seeds gradually but he lost a lot of weight. This is the only problem parrot in my family. He is also the only feather chewer. He keeps on chewing his flight and tail feathers. I tried everything. I just accept him as what he is now. He is still cuddly, loving and funny. His name is Trix.
Message: Posted by: Jkta99 (Aug 20, 2004 01:46PM)
Sunflower seeds for a reward are ok but to make them the main part of a parrots diet isn't healthy. It won't kill the bird but it will shorten its life span if the sunflower seeds are a large portion of their diet.
Message: Posted by: DVA (Aug 22, 2004 10:20AM)
How much attention do you give him? Are you working him at all? By that I mean dedicated training sessions. Feather plucking is not a good sign. There are many causes for it. Nutrition has been linked, Sunlight, Stress and infrequent baths.

Does he have toys? Do you leave them in the cage with him? Try leaving them in for a few hours to only a day. Then put a different toy in. It might get him focused off his own feathers.

I would suggest not feeding him breads.
Fruits, veggies and pellets are good. What brand pellets are you feeding him? Have you tried Pretty Bird? You also may want to try putting his treats in small cardboard boxes (like toothpaste comes in) for enrichment. It makes getting food interesting for them. Most times pulling feathers is a sign of boredom or frushtration (I know that is a bit anthropromorphic). Please keep us updated on the situation.