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  1. You can also use a pinch of bicarbonate of soda in half a cup of warm water - when a crop sours it turns acidic & the addition of the bicarb & water will turn the crop more alkaline. This methid is usualy used to empty the crop by washign it out & if you have never done it before, get a vet or more experienced person to help. Once you get the crop back to normal add some probiotics to the food along with extra apple sauce, also make the initial feeds slightly runny again to help the crop settle back quickly, slowly making the formula thicker again as the emptying time speeds up. Another tip I was given was to use rice water in the same way you were told about the apple water - both counteract the acidity. Good luck with your chick, but try & work out why the crop slowed in the 1st place - as mairi said, temperature is often the main cause; but also ensure the formula is not too thick, hot or cold - its often a very fine line between the required levels. A good thermometer to check the food temp is in my opinion essential = then again I cant do the wrist test as I get numbess in my hands so cant feel if its hot or cold :shock:
  2. Gary I am pretty sure beaks are quite slow growing & I have seen an injured beak take 1+ year to grow out the damaged part that was at the upper section near the face. (this was on a baby African grey) Poor little mite, at least you have given him/her a fighting chance
  3. I have taken in a yellow/lutino Indian Ringneck parakeet today, found by someones cat in the Kings Norton area of South Birmingham. Thankfully the cat does not seem to have done any damage as he/she is eating & drinking normally. It must be someones pet as is does speak a few words, wolf whistles & chirps like a budgie :wink: If anyone knows of or hears of someone loosing one of these little beauties, could you please e-mail me. All the usual people & places have or will be notified tomorrow.
  4. Your ever so friendly breeder might have been able to answer the question if you had contacted them :wink:
  5. Jane I do appologise, the phone number is not on Lisa's website as I thought :oops:
  6. Jane it was a week or so ago but I don't keep track of who I call & when = christ I would need a very large book with all the calls I make & receive :shock: If you are really interested in seeing how Coco is, then why not use the old fashioned method of telephone? I believe there is a phone number on Lisa's photography website. Its often quicker not to rely on the Internet for communicating as people are not always glued to their computers (which also crash & burn now & then) to see if & when someone has posted or PM'd them.
  7. I think you have read Elles post wrong jane as she says she lives near were Coco came from, not where Lisa lives :wink: Last time I spoke to Lisa, Coco was coming along OK & was being allowed to progress at his own rate. I do know Lisa has not been well again with her arthritis & was also busy with it being school holidays & then the preparations of going back to school.
  8. Lisa you have a nice long e-mail to read. If you want quick responses please phone as I am not always at the computer :wink:
  9. Hi & welcome to the forum Red bellied are beautiful birds - I used to have 2 breeding pairs. Did you buy this bird from a lady called Caroline as she had Red Belly for sale on here & I thought that was in the Hull area? If your bird is not hand reared or UK bred, you might find it will always be very nervous. Most of the Red Bellied in the UK are wild imports and are very timid birds requiring very special care as the others have already stated. I wish you all the best as I think they are stunning birds and very underated - partly due to their very special dietary requirements.
  10. Linzy There are lots of breeders already doing this.........but still lots of other show hand rear everything. Ok for some species, but others.........well they need more organised breeding programs & groups of people to work together within the UK & possibly Europe to maintain breeding stock levels. Caroline = maybe the macaw experience will make you research the species before buying in the future :wink: Its all well & good offering a home to needy birds.........but there is no point taking them on only to have to remove them soon after. Rescue work is very hard & very complex as those already heavily involved will tell you - and thats not even going into the financial aspect, time required & good all round knowledge of the birds & their requirements Good luck in findind a suitable home for Red PS - imagine the noise 4 aviary red bellied macaws made :shock: :shock:
  11. Well done Caroline for putting the birds welfare first = if this birds was proven, then it shows it was an aviary/breediong bird, so best palce would be outdoors with lots of room to fly. Also they love to cling to things rather than perch on branches - so lots of climbing tree trunks or similar would be enjoyed. If you have some palm oil rather than the palm nuts, you could mix this into the seed/fruit/veg you give him..........melt it first so you can pour it over & mix it easily Good luck in finding a nice new aviary home for the macaw - I wish I was able to help but sadly my neighbours did not like the noise they made :shock:
  12. Just trying to help & put the birds welfare first Not all parent reared/aviary birds will tame down & it is not always in their best interest either = no matter how we humans love to keep them as family members - hence the increase in hand reared birds & the parrot based industry that has developed in recent years.
  13. I have kept 2 pairs of Red bellied in the past. VERY nervous birds & can die quite easily from stress & poor diet. I am pretty certain David has already said their main food source is palm Nuts. I found they were very picky eaters but would eat greens & fruit as well as a good parrot seed mix - it was actually DD Parrot Premium Fruity they liked :wink: I have only met 1 hand reared baby (I never got mine to breed) and it was still quite timid compared to other hand reared macaws. IN the wild they live in groups & often breed in trios, nesting very high up in the trees. Some very good info here: http://www.ckcbirds.co.uk/Red%20Bellied%20Macaws.htm http://www.voren.com/94-09-04.htm Personally I think if this bird is a wild caught one, then it would be best off being in a quiet aviary with other red bellied macaws. If you stress the poor thing out you might well have an adverse effect on its health & well being. Sorry if that's not what you want to hear, but in my experience they are very timid & rarely calm down to become a pet. If it were a hand reared bird (very rarely seen as they are not too easy to breed, due to diet & shyness) that's simply not been cared for properly, then I wish you luck as you might with lots of time & TLC turn the bird around. A point to consider = due to human stupidity, many species of parrot are in low numbers in the wild & in some cases here in UK Aviculture. We (including myself = I am no angel :wink: ) are producing so many pet birds, there are getting fewer & fewer breeding stock around. There could come a time;now there is a wild caught import ban in place, that even African Greys might be in short supply for breeding birds :shock: Good luck with improving the Macaws life - whatever that may be.
  14. Brooke, we are all entitled to our own opinions & some on this thread have been a litle strong. In my mind it is better to have opinions that make people think about what they are doing so that the birds BEST welfare is considered - especially for any newcomers to the bird keeping fraternity. My post talked about the use of MIXER TAP, whereas the link you just posted the use of a SHOWER HEAD. As I said previously, my main concern was this & the fact that mixer taps run hot on 1 side & cold on the other = they dont actualy do a very good job of MIXING the water, thus making it not well regulated. A shower on the other hand does by way of design. Using your own hand to test the temp is only good for the 1st few seconds, after that your nerve endings adjust & adapt making them not quite so sensative to temp changes UNLESS they are quite large. A baby bird who has VERY thins skin as do ALL parrots, will notice the temp change much more quickly & thus suffer greatly. This is the point I was trying to make in the hope it makes people think. As for the website you linked showing younger birds being bathed........if you saw someone showing it was ok to walk through a fire, would you do the same? The point being - just because someone shows a technique on their PERSONAL website it does NOT mean it is CORRECT or the best method. Even here & on other forums, some of the info typed in peoples responses are not always TRUE & CORRECT. Bit like beleiving evcerything the Sun Newspaper writes We all live & learn & by discussion (no matter how emotive) we develope better welfare & husbandry for our beloved animals.
  15. Have only just spotted this & am rather troubled by it. My concern would be the fact the baby could easily get water into its air sacs and the fact its under mixer taps. Mixer taps are not good for maintaining a balanced temperature & if another tap elsewhere in the house is turned on, often run HOT. The poor baby would then get burnt. A shower if working properly is a much safer option as it is thermostatically controlled (generally), plus the water source is finer than a running tap, so less risk of being swallowed by the baby. As others have said, fine for an adult bird but not so responsible for a baby that sis not yet fully weaned = as they cant maintain their body temp quite the same.
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