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Hi

 

I am just wondering if anyone can provide advice on the best type of parrot mix to buy for our 21 week old B&G Macaw? We have been buying JOhnson & Jeff parrot mix, which the breeder initially gave us, but all parrot food in our local pet shops is so expensive Im looking to buy online if I can get cheaper deals, but having searched for parrot mixes online there is so much choice I dont know what to buy!

 

Does anyone have any brand names they can recommend? and where to buy from online at reasonable price?

 

Also Ive been looking at pellet foods - should we definately be feeding pellet food as well as dry seed mix (and fresh fruit & veg of course)? Just a bit confused as some things Ive read says you can overdose Macaws if you give them too many supplements etc??

 

Any help would be appreciated with brand names and online shops to order from!

thanks

 

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lots of pros and cons pellet v seed. some have both , some swear by one or the other, she is only 21 weeks so i presume you havent had her long, i would continue for at least another month with something the same or similar to what she is used to.she has already had a lot of change to deal with. i would contact scarletts parrot web site, very knowledgable having macaws herself and also a stockist of seed and pellets.

some of my macaws wont entertain pellets others do , i tend to feed seed perhaps in the morning then those that have pellet give it in the eve. i think variety is good for birds, you can always order some seed and introduce her slowly to pellets gradually. see what she prefers.

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ok thanks for your reply. will take a look on scarletts website. I know this is on a completly different topic but we are taking him to the vets tomorrow for a general health check over and was just wondering how much you would expect a routine check over to normally cost, roughly? i have no idea!

thanks

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re. vets, is he going to an avian vet? for the most part a standard vet would be a poor choice. ive got Lulu my greenwing macaw booked for a check up Tuesday with an avian specialist vet and her check up is £42, if you can afford to it would be a good idea to have a panel of blood tests too, this is not just to check his current state of health but also gives reference levels for future visits/issues

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Thank you for your reply - that gives me a good idea of what to expect. There are no avian specialist vets in the nearby area that I can find but the vet we are taking him to apparently deals with exotic birds and previously provided veterninary services to a zoo, dealing with exotic birds so Im hoping this will be good enough as its the best i can find! I would have preferred to take him to an avian vet but there just arent any in our area :-(

 

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Yes nuts are a must for macaws.The nuts are in the shops now have managed to get 750grms of cashews from tescos for £4.49. ours also have chichen drumsticks honey nut shredded wheat mixed in with their seed :) A little bit of what we are having :-[

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Yes nuts are a must for macaws.The nuts are in the shops now

 

very true. we had a result the other day at asda, there were no bags of whole walnuts left bar one that was ripped open but there were lots of loose ones so we just shoved them in a carrier bag and the lady at the checkout only charged us for the one bag, we must have had the equivilent of 4 bags....keep your eye out for the loose ones lol

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Thanks for all your replies.

 

regarding the vets - we decided to cancel the appointment we made and have managed to find an avian vets in west yorkshire less than an hours drive for us so we've made an appointment there - we feel better knowing we will be seeing an avian specialist so thanks for your comments.

 

thanks for the comments about food - we have been buying different types of nuts from the supermarket and Sunny seems to like them all so far! We will have to have a search online at seed mixes and just try him with some - theres just so many different types to choose from!

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