The problematic weaning of a macaw


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Oct 28, 2017
Scarlet Macaw, Amon
Hi parrot lovers,
I'm a miserable owner of a 5 months old scarlet macaw, Amon, living in Skopje, Macedonia.

Please, read this part, before you decide to snap at me for not leaving the job of weaning, for an experienced person:
My bird was supposed to be imported, and fully taken care of by a "professional".
Little did we know, parrot got here illegally, the "professional"was feeding the chick with egg and biscuit, and leaving the bird unattended for most of the day. The moment we got suspicious (when the guy was not responding for weeks, being everywhere but with parrot, and then suggested ripping off parrots tail so it grows longer) we took the bird away from him.

The actual problem, without the backstory:
Recently she started refusing formula. Because we knew absolutely nothing about weaning the macaw 2 months ago, and because the guy who was taking care of the parrot is a complete idiot, we have no previous data on parrot's weight gain. She's now measured every day, in the morning and keeps solid 800 - 820 grams. I tried to search for weight gain tables online, but there seems to be nothing on the topic after the parrot turns 10 weeks old.

Current Situation
Amon has been on proper, store bought formula for Aras with the higher fat content for 1,5 month now. She looks healthy, no missing feathers, no big beak layering. She is also fully fledged.
She eats quite a lot on her own, but there is no way of telling how much, because she's also making a huge mess. She used to get fed 3 times a day, now she still begs at the same times, but then flies away (except for the evening feeding). In bowls I provide her with water, seed mix, fresh fruit and vegetables, one warm meal (like baked pumpkin, beans), sprouts and formula, that she licks off the bottom of a bowl. She also get's a lot of toys made from food.

I don't want to force feed her, but I'm also concerned, that amount of food that she's eating herself is not enough.

Is this weight enough for a 5 months old scarlet? Do you have any recommendations on what to read on this topic?

I would appreciate any advice.

:red1: TL;DR :red1: We got scammed. Now parrot is 5 months old, fledged since 2 months ago, weaning and weighing around 800 grams (measured AM, before eating). We need a proper weight chart for scarlet macaw this age, and all the advice you can provide.


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Welcome to you and beautiful Amon! Glad you joined!!

Seems you persevered with the situation at hand. I don't have experience with young macaws, but many of our members do. You will likely receive some great advice!


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Oct 28, 2017
Scarlet Macaw, Amon
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Thanks Scott, We're doing best we can :) Still, will appreciate any help on the topic.


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May 11, 2017
Surrey, UK
Rio (Yellow sided conure) sadly no longer with us
Wow that's horrible you had to deal with that, still it's in the past. I'll prefix what I'll say with the information that I am not a breeder and have never fed a baby bird myself.

birds do all wean themselves at lightly different times. Just wondering but do you warm up the syringe before offering it? If it's not warm a lot of birds refuse it, some people leave it in the formula mix for a minute so the outside temp is the same as inside. I'll also guess you'rem mixing the formula after you've heated it to stop any hot or cold spots being in the mix and use a thermometer to check it's the right temperature before offering it. I'd say the only time to worry is when weight is dropping or if you see the crop isn't emptying

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