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I HAVE A HAHNS MCCAW WHO seems to be still despondent over

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HI, I HAVE A HAHNS MCCAW WHO seems to be still despondent over the death of the other bird I had a green cheeked conure in March of this year, Should I get another bird, They did not share cages but would chase each other around when out, thanks, Eleanor
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
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Expert:  eclimber replied 1 year ago.
Hi there, this is Dr. Elaine.
I am sorry for your loss. It is well documented that our pets do "grieve" in their own ways for the loss of a companion, be it human or animal. As important as the actual loss is a disruption of daily schedule, which is stressful in and of itself.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/200910/grief-in-animals-its-arrogant-think-were-the-only-animals-who-mourn
http://birding.about.com/od/birdbehavior/a/Bird-Emotions.htm
My own conure, who is friendly only with me, seemed to grieve after the loss of his "pal" cockatiel. I did end up getting him another "friend" after a waiting period of about 4 weeks and giving him lots of extra attention.
It is important to ensure that the Macaw is himself healthy, especially if you are not sure of the cause of death in the other bird.
While stress/grief can create reduced appetite in any pet, this has gone on now for some months, and I would be very cautious about getting another bird before having Verde checked out thoroughly by a veterinarian who sees and who is comfortable and trained in diagnosing and treating pet birds.
You can find a veterinarian for starters via this website:
http://www.aav.org/
That is the Association of Avian Veterinarians.
Be advised that good nutrition is vital to a healthy parrot, and there are many misconceptions about how to feed a pet parrot. See the following:
http://parrotfeather.com/macaws/hahns/
http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/birds/a/parrotdiets.htm
I hope this is helpful. Let me know if there is anything else and take care.
Kindly,
Dr. Elaine

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