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Claytonfarlow

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  1. Claytonfarlow

    my bobo wont eat fruit or veg

    Yeah, I think yellow feathers are usually a sign of vitamin A deficiency. Sweet potato and carrot can help with that, as can the palm nuts and palm oil.
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    african grey hes a plucker

    A varied diet with no dry seed helped my timneh stop plucking. Palm nuts, walnuts, almonds, soaked and sprouted seed, some scrambled egg and lots of vegetables. Mine also like Harrisons' pellets and Power Treats. Also try giving lots of fresh twigs to chew up and replace all perches with natural branches with the bark on.
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    Just brought home parrot, small issue!

    Of course another way is to find out what his favourite food is - it might be a piece of walnut or a millet spray for example - and only give him this as a reward for going in. If he's been cramped in there in the past, with no room to spread his wings, I don't blame him for being reluctant! If you are too harsh with him this early on, you might lose his trust.
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    African grey losing weight - help

    He might like palm nuts too. Or you could try palm oil spread on some brown toast.
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    Holland bans hand-rearing?

    Personality I'd like to see the 'industry' shrink massively. Keeping parrots should be a specialist pursuit for those with the vast amount of time and committment it takes to look after them properly. If prices go up accordingly, so be it.
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    Holland bans hand-rearing?

    Interesting if perhaps a bit heavy-handed.
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    Breeding Macaws

    Good luck to you in any case!
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    Breeding Macaws

    Is there a reason why you wouldn't let the parents rear the chick naturally? Parent rearing often leads to happier and healthier babies, and a young parent reared bird will tame easily if it is treated with respect. Of course in nature, a macaw would remain with its parents for about a year, learning from them and getting the attention and nurturing it needs. The idea that only hand reared birds become completely tame is purely a marketing myth.
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    Advice on my yellow crested amazon

    Hi. Initial thoughts are that you are doing the right things - lots of fruits and vegetables and perhaps some walnuts and almonds as treats will help improve his health. My parrots also love boiled sweet potato, which is very healthy and high in vitamin A, which Amazons need a lot of. Spraying him with warm water from a plant mister will help improve his feathers (let the water fall on him from above). Also you could give him plenty of fresh twigs to chew - like willow, apple, etc. The dowel perches that come with the cage should be replaced with natural ones with the bark still on - it's better for his feet and he'll enjoy chewing the bark too.
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    What supplements do you give your birds

    Just a bit of calcium/D3 for the greys.
  11. Sounds like he's on a great diet. You could try giving extra scrambled eggs and some soaked or sprouted seeds. This seemed to work for a timneh of mine.
  12. Claytonfarlow

    Rubytoo

    From me too
  13. Claytonfarlow

    Hi from Zolabud and Archie. (Zolabud)

    Hi. To add to all the above, it's really important to feed a nutritious and varied diet, high in calcium and vitamin A. Dry seed mixes don't provide this, so do give him plenty of vegetables (mine love cooked sweet potatos and peas, etc) and palm oil or palm nuts. They also like Harrison's 'power treats'. Seed is fine, but only as part of a varied menu. Also probably a good idea to get some calcium/vitamin D3 supplement. Here's a really good (and short) article which sums it all up very well: http://www.northernparrots.com/african-grey-fact-sheet-blog40/?category=11
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    If you feed pellets, what type do you feed?

    Try grinding them up in a pestle and mortar, then mixing with hot water in a small mug, to a porridge-like consistency. It's a bit of a pain but they gooble them up.
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    If you feed pellets, what type do you feed?

    Harrisons - because they are organic. They have them mushed up with hot water, every morning and evening, and they love them. Sometimes I'll add some banana or bee pollen. They also like the Harrisons 'power treats' too. But I should stress that all three of my parrots also have a vast variety of fresh and sprouted items including palm nuts.
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