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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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37 year old green wing macaw had a blood tail feather broken

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37 year old green wing macaw had a blood tail feather broken Sat 2 Apr which stopped bleeding within about 10 minutes. Perhaps 5 or 6 drops of blood. Some blood staining on a foot but he cleaned it off by the end of the day. No further blood seen on floor or tail feathers in area. Esumed normal activities since then. Tuesday 12 Apr I caught him shredding some dead Ficus leaves which are generally out of his reach for the last 30 years. Today he is lethargic and didn't eat much of his fruits abnd vegetables Tues but at least half of the bird seed/peanuts yesterday. He was drinking water today. But didn't eat much of the fruits and veggies today. Poop looks right. I've tried adding. Some Lafeber Bird Vitamens and wonder if I should add instant calories with brown or white sugar in water. Can't find if that is toxic to them. Any ideas? Lots of Grapes?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't hav many avian vets on this site. Ficus contains two chemicals which are irritants and can cause oral irritation, salivation and vomiting in most any species and which would explain Ponce's behavior. I don't see the need for asupplemental vitamins or calories. Irritation should be transient. Encouraging fluid intake would be prudent and so lots of grapes would be the ticket. If Ponce enjoys milk or cream those would be good choices as well. May I have an update on Ponce, please?