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Old 03-10-2020, 01:31 PM
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7 week old macaw dropping feather

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My baby macaw is dropping his feathers. I noticed one drop out some time ago, now my mother has confirmed that she saw one drop today and yesterday. Is this normal?
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Old 03-10-2020, 02:19 PM
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Re: 7 week old macaw dropping feather

I don't know anything about Mac babies but my Cockatiel babies did not drop feathers.
The parents did start pulling (plucking) feathers off the babies and I had to separate them except for feeding time.

I would be worried.
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Re: 7 week old macaw dropping feather

Hi Murse, just a few days ago you were saying your macaw wasn't growing feathers? Do you have more than one baby macaw?
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Re: 7 week old macaw dropping feather

It's growing slowly. They a about an inch long now, on the edge of the wings. But I noticed that one might drop out here and there.
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Re: 7 week old macaw dropping feather

They shouldn't be dropping feathers, they should be coming in like crazy. Here's an example picture of a 7 week old greenwing I just googled. Does your baby look anything like this? If it has much less feathers, your baby is stunted and is not thriving.



This article shows a baby greenwing growing from 1 - 11 weeks of age.
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Re: 7 week old macaw dropping feather

are you feeding them the formula or still fruit/grain puree?
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Re: 7 week old macaw dropping feather

I was feeding him the formula, but e started coughing majorly, so I backed off of it for a few days. Now he eats blended banana twice a day, and oatmeal twice a day, till the crop is filled. This diet isn't bad, and isn't much different from the formula, which is based on soya and wheat.

I will try the formula again in a few days. I believe I had the formula too watery of a consistency. I was averaging the 1/3 formula to 2/3 water. Now I will use tablespoons to measure the amount of water to formula, and I believe I will end up with a thicker consistency, much like the blended fruit, and blended oatmeal.
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Re: 7 week old macaw dropping feather

My 7 Week old Green Wing is definitely growing, and is very full of life, passionate young parrot. I will take more pictures again next week.

But his feathers I believe are still small for 8 weeks. We'll tell with time. Maybe he's just a slow developer. The breeder i got him from feeds the fruits as well.
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