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Oh my goodness that little one is so precious! I'm so sorry about your bites though. I really hope that your thumb heals well and you don't have any permanent damage to it.Our baby green-wing is doing much better. I was concerned it wasn't growing as fast as it should be, but I think it has almost caught up to where it should be. I looked at a green-wing growth chart and it's just a little behind. The chart shows an average of 12 chicks were at 59 grams when they were 12 days old. The little one is at 48 grams and is 10 days old today. Not too far off and the weight is increasing quickly now. The picture is just after being fed and before I wiped the face and feet off. Freya came in for grooming yesterday. The last time she was was going through a rough molt and looked pretty ragged. She was beautiful this time, and she let me scratch her head. I love seeing her all grown up and thriving.
There are at least 2 red-fronted macaw chicks that are between 2 and 3 weeks old that should probably come out of the nest today. Mom and dad won't let me get a good look at them and I don't want to disturb them more than I need to. I think I'm going to pull the nest box down and put a camera in the top of it as I did with the Eclectus. That will give me a better idea of what's going on in there.
Chewie is still being rough with me. He did let me scratch the top of his head through the door, but otherwise, he's still really bipolar with me. He says Hi Chewie to me when I go out there, but when I walk by the cage he will lunge at me. I've started ignoring the behavior when he lunges. I have to walk back and forth in front of his cage as I go around and feed other birds. After walking past his cage a few times and not looking at him or reacting when he lunged at me he stopped. He went to the back of the cage and postured at me, but didn't make any attempt to lunge and I walked by again. Baby steps, but I'm sad that he's so angry with me. I should have read his body language better and realized he was so angry. I'm going to save the picture of the bite he gave me. I interact with people who want a macaw but haven't done any research on them and really have no idea what they are getting into. They just want a big and pretty bird that talks, but don't understand exactly how much damage that beak can do. The bite on my thumb seems to have been more damaging. The bruise is colorful and part of my thumb has gone numb. The bite on my arm is really just superficial to the skin.
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Oddly enough, this wasn’t the most painful but I’ve had. This is the most damage I’ve had from a bird but the most painful one was from a little sulfur created cockatoo. If I didn’t love birds I wouldn’t do it.Oh my goodness that little one is so precious! I'm so sorry about your bites though. I really hope that your thumb heals well and you don't have any permanent damage to it.
I can't even imagine how busy you are at this moment! It must be like our internship days with labour room duty Waiting for more baby pics.Baby steps. Chewie let me scratch his head this afternoon. When I closed the cage door he lunged at me so I gave him a look, then turned my back on him and walked away. He started yelling out "HELLO!" but I didn't respond. When I came back later he was a little more contrite and didn't lunge at me.
We went to pull the oldest red-fronted macaw chick this morning and discovered that all 4 eggs have hatched. Three were a struggle for them to feed last year so we made the choice to pull all of them. We've got 5 baby macaws in the brooder at the moment. The African greys are bigger so we moved them out into a tub that we use as a brooder. They are moving around quite a bit now and I can't take the chance of a baby mac getting squashed by one.
The transformation is unreal. In some ways, it's like raising a child that takes 6 months to go from a helpless infant to a young adult that moves away from home. There are a lot of the same steps along the way. A fussy infant, then a cranky toddler prone to temper tantrums. A baby macaw having a temper tantrum is hysterical. Then there is the defiant teenager who tries your patience on a daily basis, and the young adult that is ready to leave home and it makes you cry when they do.Its crazy to think that a naked blob of flesh will soon become a beautiful parrot. Glad to hear that the baby is pulling through! People seem to always overlook just how powerful a bird's beak is, especially the bigger guys like cockatoos and macaws; macaws are, quite literally, toddlers that can fly and have a knife attached to their face haha. I'll always prefer to be bitten by a macaw over a cockatoo, cockatoos seem to be out for blood more often than a tiffed macaw!