Buying a baby B&G Macaw (Possible issues)
Posted 18 March 2012 - 03:39 PM
I went to a reputable pet store and fell in love with a very sweet B&G Macaw. They have her listed as a baby and is still weaning. The only problem is she is 8 months old. She is starting to wean but they keep spoon feeding her formula. Her feathers look a bit ratty from having been spoon fed and I do not think they really give her a bath.
Just looking for advice on weather I should continue with this purchase or RUN not walk away. This is a VERY sweet bird.
Thanks in advance for the advice.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:14 AM
Baby macaws can and do have ratty feathers, and that formula can dry quickly like cement. I'd rather see a baby fed until it wants to wean, and have a dirty face, than a clean baby forced to wean to early.
Stick with that petshop!
Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:37 AM
Also they offered to teach me spoon feeding and let her come home if I am willing to weight and report back to them every day. Is this something I should consider or wait till she is fully weaned ? I have a bird scale that I weight all my birds every few days.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:58 PM
Weaning can be a tricky process, and some weaned babies will even revert slightly upon going to their new homes. Give your baby every chance to wean with the folk who know birds best. You have so many years ahead of you to get to know each other. A good start can never be done again.
I'd still ask them about that spoon feeding, just in case your new baby does want some comforting while adjusting to your home.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 01:11 PM
Being weaned too early is bad just like not catching that window has it own set of issues.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:34 PM
PEEPY (FORMERLY SKY) - BLUE PACIFIC PARROTLET, ♀, hatched 7-7-7
RUBY - GREEN WINGED MACAW, ♀, hatched 8-22-7
I'M BUD, ♂, hatched 5-7-48
Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:59 PM
I did end up having to work at creating new relationships with them, and my Zon decided my adult daughters were his loves.
So yes, once they no longer need mom/dad, they can switch their favors to another.
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