we have owned a blue and gold macaw for 11 years. his/her name is coco and she came to us aged 20 months after he had been abused by his previous owner. he took to my husband, stuart, and for 11 years they have shared a beautiful friendship with very few problems to speak of. Last week, however, Coco suddenly became vicious towards my husband and bit him badly on his arm. stuart has tried several times using all the familiar friendly terms that he has always used when speaking to Coco but as soon as Stuart approached Coco his wings go up and he starts to attack.We have spoken to a `couple of "parrot people" but apart from being told that cocos behaviour is because it is mating season, we have no idea what has caused this.

This is the first time this has happened and it is causing much stress to Coco and to us both as we dont know what the best thing is to do.
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we have owned a blue and gold macaw for 11 years. his/her name is coco and she came to us ... causing much stress to Coco and to us both as we dont know what the best thing is to do.

I would suggest a Vet visit first, and NOW to see if something is wrong. The bird may be in some kind of pain or sick. "Mating season" does not suddenly make a tame Parrot act like that. they will change with the seasons, but not like that. If the Vet can not find anything wrong, my best guess would be someone has done something to the bird, some kind of abuse.
"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
we have owned a blue and gold macaw for 11 years. his/her name is coco and she came to us ... causing much stress to Coco and to us both as we dont know what the best thing is to do.

I am experiencing something similar with my Hahn's Macaw. She's a very tame bird, and she IS a she. A month or so ago, she started picking her feathers and I just thought it was a molt, but after a while I took her to the vet. I suggest that as a first course of action.
I am bringing her back to the vet on Wed. for more labwork. Her feces are watery. The feces itself is a green tube, but always accompanied with too much water in with it. This really scares me because it's many times an indication of system failure.
So, I would immediately take him/her to the vet.
I am bringing her back to the vet on Wed. for more labwork. Her feces are watery. The feces itself ... scares me because it's many times an indication of system failure. So, I would immediately take him/her to the vet.

Polyuria can be a sign of kidney disease. Do you feed pellets? They can sometimes be the cause. Metal toxicity can be another problem. I would have the bird x-rayed to check for metal particles, if it can be done safely.
Regards
we have owned a blue and gold macaw for 11 years. his/her name is coco and she came to us ... to speak of. Last week, however, Coco suddenly became vicious towards my husband and bit him badly on his arm.

Mate aggression is very common in pet parrots. The bird sees your husband as his/her mate. Contrary to popular belief, these birds do not mate for life, at least as observed in captivity in a natural habitat, where the birds are free to chose their own mate. They often suddenly will fight with mates or friends, with whom they have previously had a long term relationship.
This is one of the main reasons that birds are given up. They are wild creatures, after all.
Regards
I am bringing her back to the vet on Wed. ... failure. So, I would immediately take him/her to the vet.

Polyuria can be a sign of kidney disease. Do you feed pellets? They can sometimes be the cause. Metal toxicity can be another problem. I would have the bird x-rayed to check for metal particles, if it can be done safely. Regards

Where would she get metal toxicity? She is always supervised. Can kidney disease be congenital in birds and if so is it treatable?

Thanks so much,
Victoria
Polyuria can be a sign of kidney disease. Do you ... for metal particles, if it can be done safely. Regards

Where would she get metal toxicity? She is always supervised. Can kidney disease be congenital in birds and if so is it treatable? Thanks so much, Victoria

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww66eiv.htm
Where would she get metal toxicity? She is always supervised. Can kidney disease be congenital in birds and if so is it treatable? Thanks so much, Victoria

One source that most people are not aware of, can be pellets. During the grinding process, it's possible for some of that metal to get into the food.
I'm going to throw some thoughts out here.
I don't believe that feeding fresh fruits to birds is harmful, even if the birds don't eat these foods in the wild. Birds, mammals etc., eat what's available, not always what's best for them. We can never duplicate their natural diet, but we can feed a healthy variety of fresh foods.
Cherries are very good for kidney problems, especially high uric acid, which leads to gout.

Delicious Recipe to Remove Heavy Metals
Heavy metal poisoning is insidious and all too common. It has been implicated in hormonal imbalances, cancer, thyroid problems, neurological disturbances, learning problems, depression, food allergies, susceptibility to parasites, and the list goes on. The main ingredient of the following recipe - cilantro (aka coriander) - is probably the most powerful natural chelating agent around.

The following recipe combines cilantro with other ingredients that have

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excretion of mercury, lead and aluminum. Two teaspoons of this pesto daily for three weeks is purportedly enough to substantially clear these
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Cleanse as a preventative measure at least once a year for three weeks. This great recipe is not only easy to make but delicious on toast, baked potatoes and pasta. You just might want to make it a regular part of your diet!
Coriander Chelation Pesto:

4 cloves garlic1/3 cup Brazil nuts (selenium)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (cysteine)
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium)

2 cups packed fresh coriander (cilantro, Chinese parsley) (vitamin A)2/3
cup flaxseed oil 4 tablespoons lemon juice (vitamin C) 2 tsp dulse powder
Bragg's liquid (or Miso)
Process the coriander and flaxseed oil in a blender until the coriander

is chopped. Add the garlic, nuts and seeds, dulse and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Add a squirt of Bragg's to taste and blend again. Store in dark glass jars if possible. It
freezes well, so purchase coriander in season and fill enough jars to last throughout the year.
http://www.newconnexion.net/article/03-01/pesto.html

Regards
One source that most people are not aware of, can be pellets. During the grinding process, it's possible for some ... possible. It freezes well, so purchase coriander in season and fill enough jars to last throughout the year. http://www.newconnexion.net/article/03-01/pesto.html Regards

Great post. I'm going to pass this recipe to everyone I know who drinks anything from aluminum cans.
J
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