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Rio-Evans

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Boys and girls I'm sorry if I'm confusing every on iv had African greys but I wanted a macaw I we to s breeder he said and got rio when I was there rio wasn't asking for food and he show me his cage and there was a bowl with carrot sweetcorn and said he is on solids but then gave me his formula and said just give him 60ml of a night as he eats during the day I was sacked in big time when we got home he be asking for food and i was told he was 5 month but I think he is well younger but its done now I just have to make sure im looking after him properly so I asked for advice and was told feed him 2 times a day 60ml and add some baby food which I gave him banana and apple I'm getting mixed replys saying its ok then being told its not if anyone help me I just want the best for him he such a lovely lad someone please advice 😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪
 

DizzyBlue

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@Zoe220615 .
@Rio-Evans ,

Rich our Zoe is a breeder and has hand reared youngsters go with what she tells you so it's simpler for you
I think she's in your area as well. She's really good and can explain all the stuff you need to know. She'll help you rear him just do as she tells you
I too have bred and hand reared as has DianaT so if you can't get hold of Zoe shout
 

Rio-Evans

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Going by the fluffy head, eye colour and what you can see of the tail i would say only just weaned at a push.
I have had B&Gs weaned at 11/12 weeks but 16-18 weeks is the Norm.
I would expect to still be giving this bird a top up feed.
Is Rio cracking walnuts, almonds in the shell?
No he not eating seed fullstop I'm trying to give him seeds pretending to eat it he gets interested soon as its in his mouth he spits it out
 

Michael Reynolds

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To be honest the bird should not of been sold until it was fully weaned, i will also say nothing should be added to the formula . It may help if you tell us what formula you are using and the volume, also the temperature that you are serving the formula. Do you weigh your bird daily, this is very important keeping records that can be the first sign of trouble.
 

Zoe220615

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No he not eating seed fullstop I'm trying to give him seeds pretending to eat it he gets interested soon as its in his mouth he spits it out
You need to go back steps by all means leave seed around but u need to start the weaning process can you tell us exactly what if anything he is eating does he try to nibble on fruit or veg atall? Whats worrying me is the formula is more than likely so watered down that hes isnt getting the nutrients he needs. Also if he hasnt started the weaning process atall then hes going to need more than two feeds a day an the right powder volume to water so we need to figure out what brand formula you have an then we can work out how many teaspoons to how many ml you need. Also i wouldnt weight daily two times a week tops weight can fluctuate daily.
 

Michael Reynolds

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Using baby food a tea spoon in-between its normal feeds can be a way of introducing a young Macaw to the taste of vegetables or fruit, this should not be given if you fill food in the crop, it should still be warmed to 39-43 degrees centigrade. the amount you should be feeding Rio in total will depend on your birds weight as Zoe has stated this should be between 10 and 12 percent. the constancy of the formula may depend on the Formula you are using normally for weening it is 25% to 30% formula and 70% to 75% water
 

DizzyBlue

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We've established you have never reared a bird before your bird would be in a better standing if you are able to ask an experienced breeder to complete the hand rearing process for you. But be warned it doesn't come cheap as an option.
They may be able to help you by showing you what to do and you being able to visit and participate. No offence intended but I don't think that you have enough bird experience to do this and at the end of the day it has to be about what is best for the bird what happens as a baby will determine that birds health for the rest of it's life and human feelings need to be set to one side.I
Ask your avian vet to recommend somebody if you have one.
 
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