How Do I Care For A Hyacinth Macaw And Other Macaw Species Advice
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How Do I Care For A Hyacinth Macaw And Other Macaw Species Advice

“The only thing a Hyacinth macaw needs is an adult tricycle”

A big shout out to Carl Bryant mentioning Windy City Parrot where the sun never sets empire and our avian-centric Birdie Brunch served every Sunday morning at 7 AM wherever you are on the planet in answer 2 of the Quora question How Do I Care For A Hyacinth Macaw?

 

Let’s continue to answer one.

 

“If you don’t know anything about parrots. for God’s sake do not get a Hyacinth Macaw!”

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Can A Macaw Parrot Get Cataracts?
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Can A Macaw Parrot Get Cataracts?

Can you do anything for this?

I have a Catalina macaw she is 30.

Her right eye seems to be not as clear as her left. It’s like a very lite graying.

Sometimes she bumps into things.

Her diet consists of seeds and pellets she also gets prime vitamins in her water

Also a little treat from our dinner plates at night.

Thanks

Steven

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Does Styptic Powder On Blood Feathers Hurt My Bird?

Sarah writes:

Hi Mitch,

 

I’m a 25-year parrot rescue and parrot care specialist. 

 

In reading your blog about “Should a blind person care for a parrot,”. 

 

I was reading the blind woman’s response and her description about putting styptic powder on a blood feather. 

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Why is My Severe Macaw is Losing All Its Feathers?
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Why is My Severe Macaw is Losing All Its Feathers?

My severe macaw is losing all its feathers.

The vet says I should switch her to 80% pellet food.

However, I am not convinced. I don’t think they eat pellets in the wild.

I am trying adding HARI Prime vitamin, mineral, and amino acid supplement w/probiotics to her diet.

Do you think this is an acceptable alternative?

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How Do I Treat Macaw Mites?
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How Do I Treat Macaw Mites?

Or

Are Mites Making Making My Macaw Miserable?

 

Hi Mitch,

Always look forward to your Sunday articles, thanks!

 

Madeleine is a (Blue & Gold Macaw) rescue from a home where she was malnourished, neglected, and abused.

 

I was able to negotiate relinquishment but it’s been a year of learning for me, we bonded and I decided to adopt her instead of fostering.

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What Human Foods And Spices Are Good For Pet Birds
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What Human Foods And Spices Are Good For Pet Birds

an·thro·po·mor·phic
/ˌanTHrəpəˈmôrfik/
adjective
relating to or characterized by anthropomorphism.
having human characteristics.
“anthropomorphic bears and monkeys”

I love that word.

I like how it feels on the tongue.

It’s also a big reason we see so many failures and pet bird care.

We make chop because salads are healthy for us.

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What Are the Absolute Worst Types of Parrots for a First-time Bird Owner?

Once again, although well-intentioned, people are breaking down your choices into the macro of species (Quora question).

One answer started with

  1. Cockatoos
  2. Macaws
  3. Amazons

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What Do You Know About Macaw Asthma? It’s Really A Thing.
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What Do You Know About Macaw Asthma? It’s Really A Thing.

This first of three answers about macaw parrot keeping solutions is in response to the Quora question:

Is it unsafe to have a cockatoo in your home and a macaw, Given that many macaws are susceptible to asthma? Following up, is there any sort of test a macaw could have done to identify asthma? 

Macaw Asthma aka Macaw Respiratory Hypersensitivity disease is found in several species of macaws but is especially prevalent with blue and gold macaws.

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Is My Blue and Gold Macaw Biting Me Because of Displaced Anger?
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Is My Blue and Gold Macaw Biting Me Because of Displaced Anger?

Nancy H wrote:

Dear Mitch and Catherine,

I own a Blue and Gold Macaw that I’ve had for 23 years, I love him dearly as he’s been, my little companion and roommate.

The problem is and I’m hoping you can help is that I’m not able to have my family or friends over because Bernard will literally take a tantrum screaming until I go in and get him and bring him out to see who’s there and when I go to bring him back to his cage, he bites me hard with displaced anger.

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