Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outer Sydney Australia
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Hi Laurie. Personally I am not a fan of pellets and don't use them with my birds. I don't have any Macaws but have Cockatoo's mainly. I feed a good quality seed mix which is mainly millet with a small amount of sunflower and safflower with the inclusion of oats in winter as I am in a fairly cold area in Australia and the oats will help heat the blood for warmth (similar to what it does with horses and us with rolled oats). The fruits and vegetables are the same for macaw's as it is for any other bird. My guys particularly like things like pumpkin, orange sweet potato, apples, mandarins, oranges, grapes (seedless), passionfruit, strawberries, mango (including the big seed pod, which has two seeds inside it) they break that open to get at the seeds, banana, spinach (small amounts as it can inhibit the uptake of calcium), endive, celery, carrots to name the most common. Also I know macaw's like nuts so walnuts, almonds and brazil are the main ones. Stay clear of peanuts as I believe they can carry a fungus which could be a problem. I also give natural grasses like milk thistle (my cockatoo's like the flower head particularly, chickweed and many others like wild rye, wild oats and anything I see the wild birds eating.
Hope that helps.