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Good night, i recently got a B&G macaw but i find that it's lower beak look a bit to wide. Can someone enlighten me on this...please Screenshot_20200321-190446.png 20200321_203712.jpg
 
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Welcome to the Avenue :hiya:

I was going to tag some members for you to answer your question but I see that @Mockinbirdiva has already done that. Hopefully the tagged members will be along soon to give you some advice :)
 

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This is a macaw i recently rescued from a rescue centre
These members are very knowledgeable and have been tagged in hopes that they read your thread and answer your question :)
 

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How long have you had this baby? Do you know how old it is?
Macaw babies are so adorable :heart:
The tagged members will be able to help you with information, do you have any other concerns about your little guy?
 

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How long have you had this baby? Do you know how old it is?
Macaw babies are so adorable :heart:
The tagged members will be able to help you with information, do you have any other concerns about your little guy?
I have just gotten him....he feeds well my only concern is with his beak. Also how can i clean him up..will he be to young to take a towel bathe??
 

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I wouldn't worry about the beak just yet. Baby birds have softer beaks than adults, it may be something the bird grows into, and it should change shape some as it matures. At this age, they are just eating machines. If it is still a problem, a knowledgable groomer can help reshape it after he is fully weaned and a little older. Your best bet for cleaning is just a damp washcloth. Since he isn't fully feathered yet, make sure you use warm water so he doesn't get a chill. Make sure the room is warm and free of drafts as well. If there is dried food on him, you'll just have to work on it slowly and it may take a few tries to get it all softened up enough to come off. If you're too aggressive cleaning it, you may pull out feathers or damage the growing follicles. You don't want to give your beautiful baby bald spots that never fill in.
 

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I wouldn't worry about the beak just yet. Baby birds have softer beaks than adults, it may be something the bird grows into, and it should change shape some as it matures. At this age, they are just eating machines. If it is still a problem, a knowledgable groomer can help reshape it after he is fully weaned and a little older. Your best bet for cleaning is just a damp washcloth. Since he isn't fully feathered yet, make sure you use warm water so he doesn't get a chill. Make sure the room is warm and free of drafts as well. If there is dried food on him, you'll just have to work on it slowly and it may take a few tries to get it all softened up enough to come off. If you're too aggressive cleaning it, you may pull out feathers or damage the growing follicles. You don't want to give your beautiful baby bald spots that never fill in.
Thank you very much for your advice,appreciated.
 

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Any advice on caring for a baby macaw will be much appreciated they said he/she maybe about 3-4weeks old..any advice on that?
What advice have you been given by the person you bought this baby from? What are you keeping it in, what formula are you feeding it, how much do you feed each time, what temperature are you feeding the formula at, are you using a syringe? Can you do a video of you feeding the baby? Any and all photos of how you are presently caring for it will help in giving you advice because we don't know exactly what information you are looking for.
 

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He will grow into the bottom beak. Nothing appears out of shape to me.

What are you feeding him and have you handfed before?

Make the formula as the label states. Too thick and you can give him yeast infections, too thin and he doesn't get even nutrition. The formula should be an applesauce consistency. Make sure it is about 105 degrees, use a thermometer. Too cold and yeast will develop too hot and you will cause crop burn. He should eat 10% of his body weight per feeding about 4 times a day. You need a scale to weigh him. Weigh him in the morning when his crop is empty and after his first poop of the day. Keep him warm and ask as many questions as you need.
 

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He will grow into the bottom beak. Nothing appears out of shape to me.

What are you feeding him and have you handfed before?

Make the formula as the label states. Too thick and you can give him yeast infections, too thin and he doesn't get even nutrition. The formula should be an applesauce consistency. Make sure it is about 105 degrees, use a thermometer. Too cold and yeast will develop too hot and you will cause crop burn. He should eat 10% of his body weight per feeding about 4 times a day. You need a scale to weigh him. Weigh him in the morning when his crop is empty and after his first poop of the day. Keep him warm and ask as many questions as you need.
Yes i have handfed a chestnut macaw before IMG-20200321-WA0029.jpeg
 

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Yes, the directions on that bag should be about the same as what I stated although I'm not familiar with that formula. You are not in the US I assume?

Your sweetie has already been through some rough times. His formula/body temperature has not been consistent and that's why you see all the stress bars on his new feathers. He needs a stable routine. Babies that young should be kept pretty warm and not have a bunch of action going on around them.

Other than the beak question are you having any other issues? I think Brian answered how to remove the formula from his head. Just a warm washcloth.
 

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Hi - I'm not all that knowledgeable about baby birds, but Sarah, Becky and Brian are very knowledgeable. They have all successfully saved babies just about the same age as yours and in Sarah's case, one that was very, very ill.

Keep him very warm and clean everything well between feedings.
He's a cutie.
 
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