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Old 09-22-2018, 04:05 AM
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Day 17 with first bird!

Pleasantly surprised at Neo's progress in such a short time! He is a very "beaky" bird as some people call it but we're working on it. I think he bites more to get a reaction than to actually hurt us but it's getting better every day. Are his sqeaks a normal macaw sound or is it something he learned from other birds? Just curious
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:30 AM
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Re: Day 17 with first bird!

Oh, how precious! I'm not sure about the squeaks' origin, but they sound like a healthy parrot expressing itself.

Since you're new, I'll give you some information that I like to offer new parronts. If you're experienced, please just disregard... maybe another reader will profit.

Here's some reading on bonding for you.
Tips for Bonding and Building Trust
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Most of us swear by our avian vets in the event of health concerns. I don't know where you are, but here are some links. I only have USA info...
Certified Avian Vets
If none are near you...
Avian Veterinarians
In my opinion, any of the vets listed here should be better than a regular vet.

What's the diet? That's critical for health. Too many are kept on seeds or other poor-nutrition things. They need veggies, legumes, grains... pellets are a good staple. Here's what I use.
Harrison's Bird Foods
I feed Harrison's, supplemented by fresh healthy treats. My first, and later, my current avian vet recommended it. My bird loves the pellets now, but to get him converted, my avian vet suggested putting pellets out all day, and putting seeds (his old diet) out for two 15-minute periods a day. That would sustain him but leave him hungry enough to try new stuff. I presume the same technique could be used to get him to eat other healthy stuff, like fruits and vegetables! My guy was eating pellets in a couple of days, and now I can feed a good variety of other stuff, knowing he has the pellets as a basic. Pellets are out all day... fresh treats a few times a day. I also like Harrison's via mail because I never have to worry about out-of-date products.

Since you're a new parront, I'll just drop a note about avoiding teflon pans, which are lethal to birds.

I'm glad you're here. Lots to learn and share and enjoy! The SEARCH tab above is a good one. I bet you've already dicovered the great stickies in the Macaw Forum.

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