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Donna - 2012-06-07
Hi Charlie -- Just wanted you to know that our Hahn's 'Dublin' is doing well after all the help you gave us. She has a large vocabulary and is talking all the time (quite clearly) and always has us smiling. Now the problem -- she still has a problem with stepping up on our fingers/hands and still bites quite a bit. We cannot try to touch her or she bites. We would love to hold her but she still wants to bite both my husband and me. How can we get her to trust us? She is approximately 9 months old (we got her when she was about 5 months) and we think she wasnt' treated very well. Can you help us again?????? Thanks for any suggestions. Donna

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    If you go to Bing.com and just enter 'how to stop a parrot from biting' you will bring up several articles from trainors etc on that subject.  Me - I would concentrate very hard on exactly what your Hahns is doing before he goes to bite.  What is the body position, wings, look of the eyes etc.  Just what is he doing before he goes to bite.  If you take your hand and make a tight fist (thumb in) and you present the back of your hand to the Hahns, he can't bite it cuz he can't get a hold of any skin.  You can do this a bunch of times and it will relax you and it will start to show him that biting just isn't going to work.  Hold that fist tight - he can hit you with his beak but honest, that doesn't hurt.  Just do it - he will slowly start to give up trying to bite.  That was step 1. This is step 2 which will sound terrible but not going to hurt him at all.    I would take that fella and I would throw a towel over that guy and then grab him up in the towel and hold him.  You throw the towel over him (better if you start with him on the fllor) and then just push him down to the ground or a flat surface and wrap your fingers around his neck holding the towel.  You are using the towel sort of like you would use a kitchen mit.  He will be able to bite the towel but not you.  It may take a few minutes ( not more than two) but he will settle.  You don't squeeze - just hold, like you hold a childs hand firmly when crossing the street.  Now you just hold him, talk to him, sing whatever and gradually just pet the top of his head.  The idea here is to get him used to the fact that you will not hurt him.  You are just going to hold him.  Now take it from there to placing him on the bed or on the floor in a small room (like the bathroom) and let him come to you - great if you have a treat.  I had one bird that would bite (out of a bunch) and just couldn't get her to stop.  I called a trainor and she said when the bird looked like it was going to bite, grab it yell 'JAIL' and put it in the bathtub.  Turn out the lights and close the door and count to 60.  The third time I yelled 'Jail' - that bird shook like a dog coming out of water but assumed the relaxed position.  She never bit me again.   I still can't get over that one but that is what the trainor said and it worked.  Closet, bathub etc.  That little guy can't be just 9 months.  Baby birds beaks are soft - the bite doesn't hurt.  It is sorta like a puppy gumming you to death.  The top thing to remember is that you have to relax.  You have to be not nervous.  I can see where you would be but you have to relax.  Get that Hahns on the floor - on the bed - anywhere but the top of his cage.  It will help a lot.  Have no idea why the 'Jail' thing worked but it did but you have to be able to grab him to do it.
  • randombirdgirl - 2014-09-14
    what are hahns macaws like? are they really bitey and feisty by nature or just if you neglect them? I went to a pet store to find one and it was kind of bitey. and how many hours a day do you need to spend with them to make sure they don't bite and get aggressive. in general if you've never had a bird but want a tiny bit of a challenge are they a good pet? and if not what is?
  • randombirdgirl - 2014-09-14
    what is the hahns macaw like? Ive never had a bird but a wan a small challenge. are they a good pet for what I would like? and if not what is? I just would like some pet expertise here.
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murray lane - 2014-09-10
i have a scarlet macaw ,she is not a nice bird at all we have had her for 18 months.i'm the only you she likes .my wife talks to her and feeds her treats but she doesnt not like her ,she bites her foot when she comes in the room.any info would help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    It sounds like your Scarlet Macaw was not well socialized as a juvenile, and then some parrots simply prefer men, and other prefer women. It takes a lot of time and patience to improve or change this type of behavior pattern, and it may never change. Macaws have excellent memories... once they learn behaviors that work for them, yeah, sounds like a patience and love scenario.
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Krishna Mishra - 2013-03-19
Dear Sir, I want to open a Macaw parrots nursery & i am request to you.. Please give me details of macaw food, breeds, training & more thanks... Yours Truly... Krishna Mishra

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  • Jackie mast - 2013-11-04
    Scarlets eat all day and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. my bird loves sunflower seeds and nuts but the also needs to eat grains that you can by at any pet store or animal feed store, well at least here you can. I give him green apples, grapes, cooked carrots, broccoli, potatoes, jicama, and any fresh fruits and vegetables. And you will learn through time what each bird likes or dislikes, all are different. I hope this helped you on at least the diet part. Also I don't give my bird water from the tap I give him filtered water.
  • Shovo - 2014-09-01
    Can I pair a male blue and gold macaw with a female scarlet macaw for sexing? When blue and goldand scarlet macaw are adult for sex ?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-01
    There lots of good information about foods, training, breeding and more... on the Macaw Care Guide pege. Sexing these birds is not possibly visually, but rather can be done by a vet with a surgical probe or via a DNA sample. See the breeding section in the Macaw Care Guide to learn more.
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Pedro Perez - 2014-08-02
3 years ago i ran into max. . . . She's a 51/2 blue and gold macaw. . . . She's the love of my life and i take her with me in town

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sam - 2014-07-21
6 months ago i was lucky to come across and bought a 6yr old male maui sunrise named jaffa he bonded with my 6yr old female scarlet macaw ruby straight away i thought my scarlet was colorful but jaffa's so bright and majestic if you would like to see more of them please join us on facebook 'diamond ruby jaffa macaws'

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Mindy - 2014-03-28
Today I was promised a maui sunset macaw and the guy sent pictures to me of the bird that I was getting. I sent 600.00 by money gram to the guy. I was told the bird was gonna be to me in 7 to 8 hours. I was told he was giving me a great deal because I didn't want the little lady for breeding just my forever companion. The money included the shipping. Granted I had never had a bird shipped before so I didn't know about it. I got scammed out of the money. After the guy had my money then he said I had to send another 1200 dollars for the insurance for the bird to get to me safely then the money would be refunded back to me. I sent him all of my money that was saved up except for the money for the food. I now have no money and no bird. Now I can't even try to get another sunset macaw because he has my money. I was so excited about having my sweet loving forever companion now I only have a broken heart. Please be careful on giving money out to anyone expecting to get your companion. Don't end up with a broken heart like me.

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  • Michael - 2014-04-01
    Hi I almost fell for the same scam but from Namibia. I have a Red fronted Macaw Male in Namibia. It is the only one in Namibia. The only place I can get one is in South Africa and it costs R 14.000.00. The transport and quarantine will cost me R 16.000.00 and it is not worth it. So I am going to put Blue and Gold with my bird to get a Sunset Maui macaw.
  • Vinnie - 2014-07-20
    Don't Ever Ever Ever Wire Money to Strangers to buy something you saw on the Internet. They are all mostly SCAMS !!! Please Parents -- Tell your teenagers and children to beware of SCAM Internet ads and that they should only buy in person from Sellers that you can meet in person. 90% of all Sellers who want you to send them western union money are all crooks and con-artists and you will never, never, never receive whatever it is they were pretending to sell you. -- These thieves pack the classified ad sections of internet web sites with their fake ads selling non-existent pets, cars, boats, and even pretend to be landlords who will rent you houses - (they pull the addresses of vacant homes from real estate web sites).
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Rosemary Southard - 2014-07-12
Needless to say I love my Blue, and Gold Macaw. When I want to take a nap some times?? I will be asleep, and the next think i know My blue, and gold has crawled down her cage, and on to the arm of my chair, and she will roll in my lap,and turn up side down, and play like a kitten. that really will wake you up for a long time. One time she did that when I was napping, and she was giving me kisses on my cheek, and wanted to play.yea.

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Barbara Foster - 2013-01-29
I have a problem with my Macaw Izzy. Her poop has turned really loose and runny. Doesn't seem to be food related. She eats ZuPreem Fruitblend for large birds. She has never done this before. She is four years old and very healthy. She is a happy bird and she talks a lot. She can get loud but nothing out of the ordinary. Any suggestions on what I need to do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    Sounds like Izzy is a wonderful bird, and a great companion too. Your concerns are not uncommon, the most common causes for loose stools in parrots are an overgrowth of either bacteria or yeast. Another is a parasite known as giardia and there are others too, but these are by far the most common.



    Of course the best bet is to take a fresh stool sample to an avian vet to help determine the cause. However initially something that you can try that won't harm your bird is to mix a probiotic like Bene Bac (which you can get from any bird store or large pet store) in with its food. This will help you put 'good' bacteria back into the GI tract, and can often eliminate any 'bad' bacteria at the same time. If the problem clears up (observe the stools for 1-2 weeks) then you're good, if not then an examination by a vet is in order.
  • Rosemary Southard - 2014-07-12
    Hello there: I also have a Blue, and Gold Macaw, and we just love her,and she is a blessing. The answer to your question is:: Dont feed her or him fruit blend all the time. feed her the Macaw big bites, that have the picture of the Hicyneth pic on it. and the big bag. Feed your Macaw twice a day or your bird will eat too much.Change the food every day, and also the water.Feeding the fruit blend all the time will make her eat more, and not get the vitamins that it needs. it can hurt the stomach some. that is why the poop is too loose. Gradually your bird may get sick, and keep check on the food every day to make sure it is fresh. Keep in touch, and let me know how your Macaw is doing. Make sure your macaw is taken to the vet for regular checkups. I do mine. If there is a problem you can catch it early. good luck.
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aussie - 2014-07-08
I got a skinny pig about 4 months ago for my daughters but I won't rid of it. He is the smelliest mess and he is not that friendly. He is the worst pet ever but not sure what to do with him. The girls won't play with him because he is so crazy and not too friendly. Any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Well, because you plan on keeping him, I suggest you keep him clean and healthy, and work on socializing. Perhaps you could get him a companion (another guinea pig of the same sex) for a friend.
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Bird Whisperer Mike - 2014-06-09
I recently adopted a rubalina that his owner passed away. The birds name is Jessee and he's 3 years old. I agreed to take him due to his crazy aggressive biting. He has caused some major damage to a 50+ year, third generation experienced handler/breeder and his employees. Due to my strange ways with my feathered friends, I was WARNED and asked if I'd try my magic with him. Well, Ive bonded so well with him, Ive got a new snuggle buddy. He now shows more characteristics of a cockatoo. He is the most gentle giant and actually is never caged anymore (giant play structure). People are in aw when they see him love on me as he does. I don't have the trust to hand him to anybody yet (he caused to many stitches already) but I do allow calm people to pet him. I now have a new friend for life! He has become such a lover and travels everywhere with me. He started regurgitating food about two weeks ago and cries when I go to work, it breaks my heart daily. He's with the misses during the day tho so I know he's in good hands. If anybody has any questions or comments, feel free to email me, crazy4thebirds@yahoo.com. I know I'm not typical nor a beginner but my experience is WOW, what an amazing family member I have gained. Ive handled from hand feeding to seniors, over hundreds and hundreds of birds but only ONE rubalina and Im hooked. The nippy jerky and aggressive macaw I normally see is not present in this breed. HOWEVER, THIS IS A BIRD FOR AN EXPERIENCED HANDLER ONLY ONLY ONLY! DONT GO GET THIS AS A FIRST BIRD OR BIRST BIG BIRD! I promise, you'll get hurt and cause hurt to your pet.

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  • Tabu Parrot - 2014-07-07
    I have an 8 yr old rubalina that I bought as a baby. Not only is she the first macaw I have ever owned, she is the first bird that I have ever owned of any kind. I'm not saying it was easy, but she is an awesome pet.
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