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Re: Some concerns about my baby macaw

He's still eating pretty good! We're at 75ml 4x each day now.
Also he is gaining weight a lot faster now this morning he was 630gr.

Only problem is that sometimes he will go so crazy during feeding that i think he's breathing in some formula. He's shaking his head like crazy and thus his entire body moves all over the counter! it's hard to keep him in place, very strong feeding response.
This results in formula sometimes coming out his nose (not much) and for a while he's making some sort of coughing sounds, also i can hear him having some difficulty breathing. He does not seem bothered by it but i do wonder if its dangerous and he might aspirate one day if this keeps on going.
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that sounds really concerning to me. The fact it comes out of his nose definitely means it's going into his airways along with the coughing. Does it happen at specific times? It may be the time between feedings being slightly too long making him extremely hungry and getting too into the feeding. Is this your first time hand-feeding? If so I would get him to a vet to assist you with the feeding otherwise you could end up in a very bad situation
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Old 07-05-2017, 06:58 PM
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that sounds really concerning to me. The fact it comes out of his nose definitely means it's going into his airways along with the coughing. Does it happen at specific times? It may be the time between feedings being slightly too long making him extremely hungry and getting too into the feeding. Is this your first time hand-feeding? If so I would get him to a vet to assist you with the feeding otherwise you could end up in a very bad situation
No its not my first time handfeeding. My first was an eclectus.
I doubt it is becouse i'm not feeding him enough since i keep a close eye on him and if he's empty. I've read that macaws just tend to have an extremly strong feeding response.
What i've noticed so far is that it happens when i'm feeding him with a smaller syringe. the big one goes down his throat, but i try to avoid using the big one becouse i think he might hurt himself with that one because of how he's reacting to feedings.
Gonna try find a way to safely feed him with the big one, or get a flexible tube on one of my syringes.
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Re: Some concerns about my baby macaw

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that sounds really concerning to me. The fact it comes out of his nose definitely means it's going into his airways along with the coughing. Does it happen at specific times? It may be the time between feedings being slightly too long making him extremely hungry and getting too into the feeding. Is this your first time hand-feeding? If so I would get him to a vet to assist you with the feeding otherwise you could end up in a very bad situation
No its not my first time handfeeding. My first was an eclectus.
I doubt it is becouse i'm not feeding him enough since i keep a close eye on him and if he's empty. I've read that macaws just tend to have an extremly strong feeding response.
What i've noticed so far is that it happens when i'm feeding him with a smaller syringe. the big one goes down his throat, but i try to avoid using the big one becouse i think he might hurt himself with that one because of how he's reacting to feedings.
Gonna try find a way to safely feed him with the big one, or get a flexible tube on one of my syringes.
You clearly know more than me then. Maybe because of the strong reaction to the feeding it's making the smaller tube miss its mark so to speak? a flexible tube sounds like it may be the way to go, maybe use that exclusively with the larger tube? Hopefully my random spit balling is helping somewhat but it's definitely something a more experienced person could handle better!

Have you tried speaking to birdman666? They seem to be the go to person around this forum
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Re: Some concerns about my baby macaw

For those who are interested, i'm keeping this thread updated with pictures and info about the little guy!
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:02 PM
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Re: Some concerns about my baby macaw

So the little guy is still growing and he's 980gr now!
I've been trying to feed him with a tube now it seems to be better except that he's not having a feeding response now and is trying to get away
He does not like being fed like that i think.
So i switched back to normal syringe feeding again but he's breathing it in again..
also instead of screaming he'll now make very soft higher pitched sounds and for a little while after feeding he sounds like he's having trouble breathing.
He does not seem sick or bothered by it, he's still walking around the bottom of his cage.

I was wondering are those sound change normal? (From very loud to softer)
Am i feeding him wrong or is there nothing to worry about?
Any advice?
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So the little guy is still growing and he's 980gr now!
I've been trying to feed him with a tube now it seems to be better except that he's not having a feeding response now and is trying to get away
He does not like being fed like that i think.
So i switched back to normal syringe feeding again but he's breathing it in again..
also instead of screaming he'll now make very soft higher pitched sounds and for a little while after feeding he sounds like he's having trouble breathing.
He does not seem sick or bothered by it, he's still walking around the bottom of his cage.

I was wondering are those sound change normal? (From very loud to softer)
Am i feeding him wrong or is there nothing to worry about?
Any advice?
have you taken him to a vet? I'm really worried that it sounds like he may be slowly aspirating. The fact he's got quiet is a blaring siren for me. I'd get an emergency appointment and ask them to check him and to also for them try give a feeding to see if it's how he feeds or if he is taking the food into his lungs
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Re: Some concerns about my baby macaw

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I was wondering are those sound change normal? (From very loud to softer)
Am i feeding him wrong or is there nothing to worry about?
Any advice?

Instead of taking on an unweaned baby and (as you obviously are) worried about him, perhaps next baby bird you get LET THE BREEDER WEAN IT FOR YOU. Then no more worrying if the baby is eating right, gaining weight, warm enough, slowly dying, etc. I'm glad nothing bas has happened yet but all the worry you feel for the baby could be avoided so easily by letting the professional hand-feeder/breeder raise the baby with the proper knowledge.
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:18 AM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Martin93 View Post

I was wondering are those sound change normal? (From very loud to softer)
Am i feeding him wrong or is there nothing to worry about?
Any advice?

Instead of taking on an unweaned baby and (as you obviously are) worried about him, perhaps next baby bird you get LET THE BREEDER WEAN IT FOR YOU. Then no more worrying if the baby is eating right, gaining weight, warm enough, slowly dying, etc. I'm glad nothing bas has happened yet but all the worry you feel for the baby could be avoided so easily by letting the professional hand-feeder/breeder raise the baby with the proper knowledge.
the problem with this is looking at it the breeder was possibly inexperienced or at least did not know how to hand-feed and when the mother died needed to either let the baby die or give them to someone quick.

I think for the moment until they are weaned this baby does need to go to someone better equipped and trained to hand-feed a baby macaw as clearly it's just causing more stress and problems and with poor martin here being stressed out whenever feeding baby is probably picking up on it getting themselves stressed which may be part of the problem. Almost seems like the perfect storm
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