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Species: Illigers Macaw
By: Camelot Aviary

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Feeding & Housing Older Babies
HAND-FEEDING & HOUSING OF OLDER BABIES - Birdbreeders.com HAND-FEEDING & HOUSING OF OLDER BABIES

Author: Helga Wilson
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If you are not already feeding your baby, please refer to the previous article, Hand feeding Birds from Conure to Macaw.

If you are hand feeding older babies (7 weeks or older) I recommend placing them in an aquarium with a wire grill bottom and a wire top to prevent escape. This grill requires the best and strongest and the smallest square size cage wire you can find so the babies' feet won't get hung up in the wire. Be aware that large square wire will result in accidents and may cause a broken leg.

To make a grill it is best to find some 1/2" x 1/2" plastic-coated heavy-duty cage wire. No cage wire larger then 1/2 inch by 1 inch square should be used for any bird. The latter size may only be used for large birds such as large macaws or cockatoos.

Once you have found just the right wire it is time to make that grill. Cut the wire 3 inches larger then your aquarium. Next cut a 1-1/2" square out of each corner. Bend each of the 4 sides down.

Place several layers of paper towels on the bottom of the aquarium. Set your wire bottom on top of the paper towels with the leg side facing down. Babies will be able to walk throughout the aquarium with ease and food such as apple or corn-on-the-cob can be placed on the grill for the babies to learn how to eat. The grill will let all mess fall through to the paper towels below. Grill and aquarium can be cleaned with ease as necessary. We usually keep one extra aquarium so we can transfer the babies into a clean aquarium while we are cleaning theirs.

Now you have your babies walking and exploring their food. Once you can see that they are eating well, it is time to let them go into a cage. Before you place your babies into a cage, remember their wire grill in the aquarium. It is best to prepare a flat grill that you can wire onto your existing cage grill so babies can walk with ease. This way their feet won't fall through the grill and they won't get hurt once they start to climb and play.

At this stage our babies should be on two hand feedings or no more then 3 feedings. We place our food and water bowls onto the grill so they can stand firm to eat. Having the bowls on the floor also minimizes playing with the food and wasting of food.

Once babies are placed into a cage we begin to treat them just like adult birds. They will have everything from fruit and veggies to dry pellets available to eat. They are very exploratory and learn to eat their pellets quite well in a short time.

Note: Please do not moisten pellets. You will get bacteria contamination and a steep vet bill. Moistened spoiled food can bring on a sour crop.

Once babies make their maiden flight it is time to have that baby on 2 feedings every 12 hours. Wing clipping may also be in order to prevent an escape if the bird is permitted to leave the cage area.

At 3 months of


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Jay 3/23/2006 5:04:03 PM -
Thanks for the great information!

Jerri 6/2/2006 1:24:32 PM - thumperj@charter.net
If I get a 6 week old macaw and hand feed it, how long is it before it is weaned? A friend said you hand feed it for 9 months. How many times a day at 6 weeks, 7 weeks, 8 week, 9 weeks, etc.?

Barb 7/1/2006 9:32:27 AM - cashsmom41@yahoo.com
I bought a 7 week old B&G Macaw. It's 2 months old today. The breeder said to feed 50 CC of formula 3 times a day. The vet they told me to feed 85 CC at each feeding (10 % of weight). Any advice?

Richard R Rose 7/31/2006 6:32:21 PM - dirstiff1@peoplepc.com
Red both articals on hand feeding an learned some good things to rember . thanks for the real good information

Randy Stewart 9/8/2006 10:09:12 PM - ranste@aol.com
Interested in becoming a breeder. Can you help me with resources, information, facilities requirements, profitability as a full time business, etc?

jinet 9/12/2006 1:22:33 PM - la_chicadulce_@hotmail.com
it was beautifull to learn a lot with what u just tough me im getting a bird n really i love to know wich bird is good or me i live in a small i bedroom apt alone with my husband im alone all they.

KIM PASTA 9/23/2006 10:50:01 AM - KPASTA@BAYNATIONAL.COM
I PURCHASED AN ORANGE-WINGED AMAZON THAT HATCHED ON 5/1/06. HE IS NOT HOME YET AS HE IS STILL BEING HAND FED IN THE EVENING. AT WHAT AGE SHOULD THE BIRD BE TOTALLY WEANED? HE IS NOW 4.5 MONTHS OLD!