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Kaytee Exact Hand Feeding Formula Baby Macaw Food, 5-lb bag

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Help your baby Macaw grow faster, wean earlier and develop brighter plumage with Kaytee Exact Hand Feeding Formula Baby Macaw Bird Food. Baby birds need a high-nutrient, high-fat diet to grow and develop healthy bones, muscle and beaks. Kaytee Exact Hand Feeding Formula Baby Macaw Bird Food is designed to nurture baby birds through the most critical stages when body weight should double and triple in weeks. Its high-nutrient levels reduce the need for overnight feedings and will not cause crop slowdown. It contains probiotics, prebiotics and digestive enzymes to ensure healthy digestion. Mix in small quantities and discard any uneaten portions.

Key Benefits
  • A balanced, high- nutrient baby Macaw formula that helps babies grow faster, wean earlier and develop better plumage
  • Added probiotics are specially selected to encourage a healthy population of intestinal microorganisms
  • Made with Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy heart, brain and eye development
  • Digestive enzymes ensure proper digestion carbohydrates and proteins
  • A complete formula that does not require any other added vitamins or mineral supplements

Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts. Not intended for human consumption.

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Nutritional Info

Ground Corn, Ground Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Soy Oil, Wheat Middlings, Dried Whole Egg, Dried Beet Pulp, Coconut Oil, Ground Flax Seed, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine, Wheat Germ Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Algae Meal (Source of DHA), Fructooligosaccharide, Potassium Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Choline Chloride, Dl-Methionine, L-Arginine, Potassium Chloride, Yeast Extract, Propionic Acid (a Preservative), Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Mixed Tocopherols (a Preservative), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Niacin, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid, Ethoxyquin (a Preservative), Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Cholecalciferol (Source of Vitamin D3), Beta-Carotene, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Dried A. Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein22.0% min
Crude Fat9.0% min
Crude Fiber5.0% max
Moisture10.0% max
Omega-3 Fatty Acids0.05% min
Total Bacillus Species250,000 CFU/g min
Feeding Instructions

Baby birds should be fed on a routine schedule allowing the chick's crop to empty (or nearly empty) between feedings and to determine if bird is being fed the right amount. This prevents any food remaining too long in the crop and possibly spoiling. If the time between crop emptying suddenly increases, and the crop appears to be slowing down, observe the chick closely. See "IMPORTANT NOTES" regarding crop - slow down.

  1. Feed mixture with a clean, disinfected syringe, spoon, tube, or other comfortable method. A separate implement should be used for each baby to prevent spread of disease.
  2. Dispense food along with the chick's feeding response (rhythmic bobbing motion). This is more natural and decreases the likelihood of formula being inhaled.
  3. Feed until the chick's crop is nicely rounded or it refuses any more food, whichever comes first. Do not overfeed or regurgitation may occur. Generally, each meal should consist of a volume equivalent to 10 - 12% of the bird's body weight.
  4. Clean and sanitize feeding equipment after use. Clean any spilled food from the chick and change bedding after each feeding. Good hygiene is critical for a baby bird's health. exact Hand Feeding Formulas are designed to be the only food for baby birds. Additions to the diet may include fruits and vegetables (such as strained baby foods) but should not exceed 20% of the total diet. Additional vitamin or mineral supplements should not be added.

Weaning Instructions

To encourage the weaning process, exact Conversion diets should be offered when "exploration" begins. When the baby bird is fully feathered, offer exact Conversion diet, or an Adult daily diet of exact Natural food or exact Rainbow food in a clean food cup, in addition to routine hand feeding. The baby bird will slowly begin to prefer these new forms of the food. Fresh water must be provided at all times. Prolonged use of hand feeding formula beyond the normal weaning age, or excessive feeding, may result in health concerns. A chick will lose up to 10% of its body weight during weaning as it begins to eat on its own. Birds wean easily onto exact Conversion diets or exact Adult daily diets because of compatible taste and ingredients.

Monitoring A Hand Fed Baby Bird

Monitoring weight gain and loss is the best way to identify a problem before it becomes visibly obvious. Weigh and record the weight of each baby bird every morning before the first feeding.

A healthy chick should gain weight every day until it begins the weaning process. If weight gain stops, but weight is maintained, watch the bird closely. Loss of weight indicates a problem and should be investigated immediately. Contact your avian veterinarian for more information.

An otherwise healthy bird may not gain weight if it is not receiving enough nutrients. This could happen if the hand feeding formula is mixed too thin (contains too much water); if the formula is diluted with other ingredients; if the bird is not fed enough; or if it does not get enough food at each feeding.

Important Notes:

Diet Change: For babies previously fed another hand feeding preparation, including any other exact Hand Feeding Formula, a minimum of 24 - 48 hours is recommended for the dietary changes. During this period, both products should be prepared separately (as directed) and mixed together, with the exact Hand Feeding Formula slowly being increased in proportion until the previous diet has been eliminated. An immediate conversion to exact Hand Feeding Formula may cause crop slow - down due to the dietary change. Use a more dilute formula the first couple of feedings in an attempt to prevent this.

Crop Slow - Down: If crop slow - down should occur, first check for proper environmental temperature as this is a frequent cause of crop problems. Then, mix equal parts of exact Hand Feeding Formula and infant applesauce, or provide additional water by preparing exact at the ratio of 1 part exact food to 2 or 3 parts water. Provide this mixture for approximately 24 hours and then slowly return to the normal concentration of exact food over an additional 24 - hour period. During this time, massage the chick's crop gently to break up any food aggregates that may develop. NEVER massage the crop when it is more than half full. Allow the crop to empty before feeding again. This method will quickly allow the gastrointestinal tract to stabilize and become fully functional again. The appearance of dark green droppings in a hand fed baby may indicate a temporary shut - down of crop emptying (or the lack of food in the digestive system). If this occurs and the crop contains food, the rate of crop emptying should be immediately evaluated. If no improvement is noted within 36 hours, professional assistance is advised.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    chewy is great

    By angie on Jun 15, 2021

    I raise birds tried to get hand feeding formula from our wholesaler, didnt have it, Chewy saved the day, The price was better than what i can get it wholesale for

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Received item in perfect condition

    By Asif on May 24, 2021

    I have frequently used this item to wean my parrots. Thanks to chewy for delivering it in perfect condition

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good for the price

    By Coop on Mar 27, 2020

    Good for a lot of species of baby birds, but be sure about the needs of what you're trying to raise. The high-fat version is better but a lot more expensive (more than called for in my opinion). Very easy to mix, keeps perfectly for a very long time if powder is stored in the freezer.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Babies approve

    By Adrianna on Apr 7, 2020

    Our babies do well on this formula I do add a little peanut butter to it to add a little more fat so they don’t get as noisy.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    For the price point

    By ChasingAuroraBorealis on Aug 28, 2019

    I know there was some complaints with clumping with this brand, it may not be the best brand, but for the price point it is doable in a pinch. My baby macaw doesn’t seem to mind it. I accidentally ruined a bag of pretty bird and the only place that sells it is an hour drive away or a $40 delivery charge. For the clumping I add a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter to the water and mix well, then add the powder. It gives it a little more protein and fat content and helps it blend together smoothly with a fork! Hope this helps someone!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    By Pablo on Feb 24, 2018

    We have used Kaytee formula before for hand feeding Conures. Now feeding a baby Eclectus and he is growing fast and doing well with this product. Order shipped promptly and we received it in a few days.

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