Blue And Gold Macaw Feeding
Enrichment is all about enhancing the quality of life for your Blue & Gold Macaw and generally relates back to activities they would usually perform in the wild.
Foraging plays a big part in enrichment for birds. To search for food is a natural instinct all birds possess, so it is the perfect way to exercise both their body and mind. There is a vast range of foraging toys to suit all species of birds and keep them mentally stimulated for when you are not at home.
It is a good idea to have several different types of foraging toys available, and to rotate them in the cage every couple of weeks. Natural branches of varying lengths, shapes and thicknesses should also be provided.
There are many native branches that you could offer your Blue & Gold Macaw such as eucalyptus, gum, grevillea, bottle brush and lilly pilly, many of which have natural nuts and flowers that providing a foraging opportunity for your Blue & Gold Macaw. This also allows Blue & Gold Macaws to properly exercise their feet and beak as they can chew and strip the bark perches.
Blue And Gold Macaw Care
Blue & Gold Macaws should be fed on a quality Macaw Nuts, a specially formulated Macaw blend and given daily fresh fruit and vegetables. This can include apple, carrot, beans, peas, corn, broccoli and spinach. This food should not be left in the cage for too long as spoilt fruit can gather bacteria and yeasts that can make your bird ill.
Make sure to remember to never feed your Blue & Gold Macaw lettuce, avocado or apple seeds. Blue & Gold Macaws can also be offered small portions of seed such as a small parrot or peachface mix, but care should be taken to ensure this does not replace the birds pellet consumption.
Vitamin supplements such as Soluvite D or Multivet can be added to your Blue & Gold Macaws water two or three times a week. Calcium and Iodine can be provided through cuttlebone and iodine bells.
Fresh water should always be available and should be changed on a daily basis. Worming should be repeated every three months with a broad-spectrum bird wormer. It is essential that a good quality calcium supplement such as Calcivet is given to your
Blue & Gold Macaw at least 3 times a week for the first year.