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Blue and gold Macaw diet please

Hi everyone! My name is Laurie. I run an Exotic Animal Rescue in NC. Someone surrendered a female Blue and gold Macaw yesterday. I know they eat a small amount of seed, mostly pellets, and fruits and veggies. I have searched the internet and haven't gotten the same answer from anywhere. She was eating seeds only before she came to me. Her feathers look rough and greasy, signs of a bad diet. I've heard Harrison is a good pellet to feed her, but can't find a list of fruits and veggies! People talk about dried fruits and veggies? I'm thinking fresh is better. Can you give me diet ideas to help this sweet girl? Thank you so much!
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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.

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Thanks for the response! All I hear is to put her on a pelleted diet, but everywhere I look, I can't find anywhere that agree on the same brand. I've never heard of not feeding pellets, but I imagine if she is getting a healthy diet of seed, fruits, and veggies..it's not necessary. She LOVES her vegetables! Thanks again for helping me out.

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In Australia pellets are quite expensive so if you have a number of birds, especially if they are all on different sized pellets, it can be very expensive. A few of the things about pellets I don't really like is that it is more a case of "one type fits all" when different species of birds have different dietary requirements, some require more of a certain vitamin or mineral than others. An example of this is African Greys who require a higher calcium level than many other birds. Also with pellets having added vitamins and minerals, if, god forbid your bird gets psittacosis and you need to put them on the antibiotic Psittavet the calcium can prevent the uptake of the antibiotic. My avian vet has told me and others when he has lectured at our Parrot Club to remove all sources of Calcium when treating for Psittacosis. If your bird only eats pellets and you need to medicate them they will not eat the seeds, they are in danger of starving, and if you keep them on pellets it may hamper the antibiotic. Many pellets are heated and extruded and heating destroys many vitamins and minerals. To me they are just not natural. Many of the pellets also have artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives added, and we know the danger of those with humans and other animals so why not with birds. I suppose I am getting a bit cynical in my old age, but I don't believe the blurb that is put out by the manufacturers of these products. Of course they are going to tell you they are great, after all that is where they are obtaining their income. I will add that these are my opinions, and we all have a right to our own opinions. My birds don't seem to have any problem eating a basic seed diet with the addition of fruits and vegetables. I show my birds and have many trophies that indicate that my birds are in pretty good health, otherwise they would not stand a chance of getting up on the top bench as a winners.

I have many wild birds around me in quite large flocks. It is nothing for me to see a small flock of 20 or more Sulphur Crested Cockatoo's, Corella's or Galah's in the paddocks around me and in my own side yard. They take great joy in eating the seeding grasses growing there, also they will scratch in the dirt to get at the roots of the grasses as well. They seem to enjoy removing the husk from the seeds as they are eating them. They will also eat the flowers of many native plants and trees.
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