DOJEA'S NEST AVIARY
We are a small, home-based aviary located in Northern IN, between S. Bend and Ft. Wayne and pride ourselves in raising well-socialized, sweet macaws, concentrating only on the Hyacinths and working on a breeding program with the Scarlet. Our macaws are on a fruit, nuts, and vegetable diet along with their staple of Goldenfeast Goldn Oble's. The babies start the day with baked sweet potatoes, natural applesauce (unsweetened), Goldn Oble's soaked, slice of "cutie" orange, slice of pepper, along with a good carb. i.e., orzo noodles cooked with hot pepper flakes; this teaches babies to start exploring safe foods. They then move on to Goldenfeast nutmeats and fruit, no shells for a very long time, they can puncture and injure a young Hyacinth. The Goldenfeast Pinnacle hand feeding formula is not corn, nor peanut based, the first ingredient is Quinoa. We use Goldenfeast only and found it exemplary compared to the other foods, no stress bars, beautiful results; these babys' feathers shine from within.
Our babies are abundance weaned and never, ever forced to wean. A baby is ready for his or her new home when they decide to eat well on their own and require no more hand feeding; this makes for a well-balanced, confident macaw. A hyacinth takes approximately 9-12 months before they wean, nothing is rushed, they mature very slowly and are a super intelligent macaw.
Our babies are well-socialized and used to being loved and played with by many, including my 82 year old mother, which greatly aids in their social skills.