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"I have a Hahn's Macaw who is an 11 year old male. I have had him since he was a baby. He has always been an avid talker, greeting me in the morning with 'Good Morning!' For the last few months he has been pulling his feathers from his back, under his wings and then his chest. He did not chew the feathers, just left them lying whole in the bottom of the cage. Two days ago I decided, after reading so much on line, to make some major changes. First, I cleaned both his large daytime cage and his smaller sleeping cage and spraying them with mite spray. I also doused the bird in mite spray (made for birds.) I bought a lamp to hang over his cage with a full-spectrum bulb, which he uses for about 6 hours a day. I also sprayed him with Itch Soothing Spray for birds. I bought him a new bed, washed all his toys in the washing machine (no bleach, little bit of soap), got him a fancy mirror, threw away all seeds and bought ZuPreem coloured pellets and lots of fruit. We are approaching day three of these changes and he will not stop 'quacking.' I have never heard this sound before. He uses the new bed but sleeps in the old bed, eats the pellets and fruit since that is what he used to eat a year or so ago, he loves to look in the mirror and is much more loving, not nipping at all. He has not pulled one single feather since the changes. These all seem like good things but I am afraid there is something wrong. He is not talking now, he just keeps quacking. Is he reverting to normal Hahn's sounds due to the mirror? Last night we took a shower together and then I blow dried him, which he loves. Has anyone had a quacking Hahn's. If you mate them to they talk to each other that way? Is there something wrong with his respiratory? Please let me know. Thanks!"

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