Baby Macaw Regurgitating All of His Food
Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:29 PM
Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:15 PM
Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:49 PM
I tried reducing his food to 120ml this morning, but that did not work. His crop was empty after two hours and he started squawking at me for more food. I then gave him 50ml which he held on to for an hour and then started puking some up again. I put his nest inside of a dark drawer and he seems to have stopped the puking.
I really dont think that there is anything medically wrong with him. This seems to be a psych problem. He seems to like tasting and playing with the food as it comes up in to his mouth. I am hoping that the dark environment and smaller feedings may break this habit. I have been really impressed by his intelligence but he seems to see no linkage between emptying his crop and being hungry later.
He does not seem to be in any immediate danger. I am going to keep trying smaller and more frequent feedings. If that does not work I will take him to a vet on Monday. I read that Haldol is good for treating parrots' psych problems. I am fairly sure that Haldol would stop the problem and make him sleep most of the time. I only have about a month to go before he can start to feed himself so that might get me over this hump.
I am really interested in better understanding parrot psychology right now since I think that this is where the solution lies. Thanks for everyone's help and concern.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:27 PM
If he's not a troll, then he purposefully overfed this baby, trying for a 'supersized' macaw. Once other members advise a vet, he poos poos that idea, stating it's 'psychological' and the bird will be fine.
I pray there's not a little baby mac out there, that's being put in a drawer to calm it down, and forcefully overfed.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:21 PM
Here is a photo (from google images) of a 9 week old baby. IMO getting to big for a drawer, they're starting to perch, play, explore at this age.
He's also using the drawer as a way to calm his baby, and induce sleep, so he'll not vomit his feed up. Just not good parrot ownership IMO.
And if he's doing this because he's actively trying to forcefeed to a larger size, then it's criminal.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:40 PM
Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:50 PM
Anyway, he did not stop reguritating those few little drops. Two weeks ago he regurgitated all his formula. His weight had been dropping slowly and he had taken his first flight so I was not overly concerned about the weight loss. He had gone down to 911 grams. Anyway, found a board certified avian vet that day, who put him on a medication to help his crop empty and did a crop culture which was negative.
He is still on the medication (it has been over a week), but he still regurgitates just a little bit of formula - but only if he is out of his cage. In his cage, he does not do it. If he is out of his cage, it doesn't matter if he is on his perch away from me, or with me playing, or on the floor, he will regurgitate if he has formula in his crop. So far, I have found the best thing to prevent it is activity in the morning (his first feeding is in the afternoon), and quieter afternoons and evenings). So, I was looking for other reasons when I came across this thread.
I am not saying what the poster is doing is good, but there can very well be truth behind his story. Also, my b&g did not perch until about 12 weeks, and took his first flight at almost 14. At 9 weeks, even at his weight, he was hardly feathered and still being housed in a large plastic storage bin.
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