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My Blue and Gold Macaw lays eggs about every 2 to 3 months.  Is this normal?  How can I eliminate this habit?  Thank you.

-- Oh boy do I ever hear you on this one!  I'm the 'expert' and know all the right things to do, but I've got a B&G here who ignores all the 'rules' too.

 Try leaving the eggs with her; let her make a nest with some old pillowcases (I avoid terrycloth towels because little toes get tangled as they shred it).

Check my guideline here  (under "Eggs?" ) and maybe yours will be better at it

The one thing I know 'for sure' about macaws is that I don't know nearly as much as they let me think I do.  


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Certified Avian Specialist; Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council member; Own animal rescue org; National Wildlife habitat #66378; bird care, nutrition & behavior consultant; International Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants Associate; National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club member; published bird care, info and behavior articles and guides. Ongoing education in exotic bird behavior and nutrition I can answer behavioral, nutritional, environmental, characteristic/personality questions as well as general health and health care. No animal emergency can ever be addressed on the internet. We cannot see your animal, perform an examination, provide necessary care or medication. Please value your companion for the priceless, living creature they are; not for what you might have paid for them.


Certified Avian Specialist. For more than 30 years I've worked with veterinarians, protective facilities, nature centers, preserves and on my own in providing care and education with regard to multiple animal species, including raptors (hawks, kestrals, owls, etc) and marsupials. In recent years I've focused on parrots, usually rescued from abusive or less than ideal situations and helping educate owners as to proper care. Expert in behavior studies and modification of problem behavior.

4AnimalCare is the organization I run as an animal ministry; World Wildlife Association, Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club and more

Bird Talk Magazine articles about rescued and problem macaws.

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