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Judy Leach's Parrots
Breeder Specializing in Macaws, including Hyacinth Macaw

Watch our Baby Hyacinth Macaw Grow!!

I have raised so many babies during more than 25 years of breeding, watching babies grow, although still an amazing process, has become a part of my normal day. It occurred to me that so many people have never experienced the miracle of a baby hatching or witnessed the growth and development of a baby macaw. For this reason, I have decided to develop this page to share the joys that I sometimes take for granted. The baby Hyacinth Macaw in these pictures hatched on 9/20/05 at around 8pm. I will be taking pictures of the baby periodically until it is fully developed. I use the Zupreem Plus formula, and would highly recommend this food to any breeder. I hope that through these pictures and videos, you will enjoy and appreciate the miracle of birth, growth, and development that has become such a large part of my life.

September 20, 2005-Newborn

The baby Hyacinth Macaw was born on 9/20/05 at about 8pm.This is a large egg, and spots of blood are from the mom when she laid it. In the pictures, the baby is only moments old. At 27 grams, this is a large baby. For the first week, proper hydration and nutrition is crucial to the babies growth and health. For the first few weeks, daily weight gains should be at least 10% to 20% of the previous days weight.

Breaking out of the shell is hard work. So the baby Hyacinth takes a little rest before pushing the shell away. During this time, he absorbs more nutrients from membrane in the shell.

The baby is still attached to the shell membrane from an umbilical that will dry and fall off within the next hour. After the internal yolk sac is absorbed, hourly handfeeding of thin formula begins.
Only a couple of hours old, and baby is hungry for his first feeding.

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September 27, 2005 - 1 week (7 days)

At 7 days, the baby has more than doubled its birth weight, weighing in this morning at 63 grams.It is much stronger, and feedings have progressed 2 1/2 cc's every 2 hours of Zupreem Plus formula that mixed to a creamy consistency.

You can see from these pictures that the baby is plump and well hydrated. The skin is a nice flesh color, the wing tips and toes are plump, and the head does not have protruding bones.

Hyacinths are born with bone colored beaks, but, even at this age, the color of the beak is starting to darken. At the top of the eyeball, tiny slits are now visible. As the baby gets closer to 3 weeks, the slits move lower and start to open.
The baby is now much stronger and standing up on his own.

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October 4, 2005 - 2 weeks (14 days

In the last week, the baby has almost tripled its weight of the prior week (174 grams). It is now getting about 12 cc's of formula every 3 hours, and daily weight gains have increased to 25% of the prior day's weight each day. The formula has been thickened to the normal consistency that will be fed until weaning. For the Zupreem formula, this is about 1 part formula to 2 parts water.

The slits for the eyes have moved down to the center of the eyeball, and the lids are now more visible. In the week to come, the eyes will start opening. The beak has change almost entirely black, and will darken more in the next couple of weeks. You can also see that the ear openings are now larger.

The dark spots on the body that look almost like little blackheads are the start of down feathers. Almost all of the white fuzz that was on the body has been shed. There is also visible down growth starting on the wings. The nails are turning black, and will continue to change color until they are totally black, as will the feet.
At this age, the baby sleeps almost all the time. It wakes up only when hungry, and goes back to sleep as soon as it is fed.

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October 11, 2005 - 3 weeks (21 days)

In the last week, the baby's weight has increased from 174 grams to 364 grams. Feedings have been increased to about 45 cc's per feeding every 5 hours. The baby still sleeps most of the time, awakening to eat and falling asleep again shortly after feeding. The eyes are open now, and in the coming week, the baby's vision will improve and it will start to notice more of its surroundings

The beak is darker and the area around the nostrils are starting to turn blue. The feathers and down growing in is becoming more evident.

The nails are now black, and the feet and ankles are starting to change color. In the next couple of weeks, they will change to a dark gray.
The baby still wants to sleep most of the time, and movement is clumsy.

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October 18, 2005 - 4 weeks (28 days)

In the last week the baby's weight has increased to 602 grams, and feedings are now 72 cc's per feeding 3 times a day. From this point until about 16 weeks, feedings will continue at 3 times per day but the quantity fed will steadily increase as the baby grows.

The eye ring and facial patch are becoming more evident as the color begins to change. The eyes are now wide open, and vision has improved since last week.

From this picture you can see that the feet seem to be growing at a faster rate than anything else. The skin on the head is bluer, down is thickening, and feathers are now visible on the wings and tail.
The baby is now more observant and periods of being awake are a little longer.

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October 25, 2005 - 5 weeks (35 days)

The baby's weight is now 823 grams, and feeding have increased to 96 cc's per feeding 3 times a day. The baby is awake for longer periods of time and is becoming more alert and more observant of its surroundings. Although still a clumsy, the baby is stronger and standing up to support its weight.

The baby's beak is almost entirely black now. The eye rings have changed to a more obvious yellow, and the feet have become darker. More energy is going to the growth of new feathers.

The color of the head and cheeks are now turning blue as the feathers under the skin begin to surface. Down and feathers on the body and wings are growing and more obvious and the tail feathers have come through and are starting to grow.
The baby is more active and curious about its surroundings.

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November 1, 2005 - 6 weeks (42 days)

The baby now weighs 1052 grams. At the current rate of growth, this baby should exceed 1400 grams by the time it is 8 weeks. It is awake for longer periods during the day, and observes the activity in the room through the glass of the aquarium. Getting used to activity and noises in the room will help the baby to be more accepting of new situations as it grows.

The baby's head is almost entirely covered with new feathers growing in, and more wing and body feathers have emerged.

Coloring of the facial patch and the eye ring have become a darker yellow, and the head and feet have grown larger in proportion to the body.
Although increasingly more active, the baby is still clumsy.

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November 8, 2005 - 7 weeks (49 days)

Weighing in at 1227 grams, the daily weight gains will soon begin to slow down as the baby nears the weight that it will top out. After this, the baby will begin to lose weight in preparation for its first flight. Although daily weight gains will be a little less, the baby will continue to develop and grow in size.

The beak is completely black, and the feathers on the head are grown out making the head look bluer.

The yellow of the eye ring and facial patch has darkened, The crop is almost covered with down, and the feathers on the wings and tail have lengthened.
The baby is becoming stronger and more coordinated.

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November 15, 2005 - 8 weeks (56 days)

Now weighing 1359 grams, the daily weight gains are a little less than they had been in previous weeks. The most obvious changes are more feather coverage and growth of the wing and tail feathers. The head has grown larger in proportion to the head.
The baby is becoming more accustomed to movements of the world around her.

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November 29, 2005 - 10 weeks (70 days)

The baby as attained a weight of 1472 grams, and is now in a cage to allow more space for exercise and play. Food and water has been made available to the baby, and it is starting to eat some of the Beak Appetit. Although some weight will be lost during the weaning process, the baby will continue to grow in size and develop feathering.
The baby is becoming more curious about new object and cautiously investigates them. She's sure there has to be a bird in that spoon.

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December 13, 2005 - 12 weeks (84 days)

The baby is more active, and has begun to lose a weight in preparation for its first flight. Even though the amount of formula she's eating has increased to 156 cc's 3 times a day, her weight has decreased to 1450 grams. In the coming weeks, she will lose as much as 200 grams, yet her body size will continue to grow larger.
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April 9, 2006 - 7 Months

The baby is almost weaned and the time for it to go home is coming very near. In a couple of weeks, it will be time for us to say good-bye. This baby will begin a new life with a family that is committed to making her a lifetime family member and companion. For this baby and the new family, this is not the end of the story, but the beginning.
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The baby spends time playing on the play area with another baby that will also be going home soon.

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