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Jen Morris - 2005-11-14
My neighbor has left her Military Macaw Ruby to me when she passes on. She has decided to leave her to me because she does not like anyone else but me. She only likes me because her owners had to keep taking her to the vet to find out why she is plucking. But no such luck in finding out why. Her owners and I believe that she is allergic to the feather dust her Umbrella Cockatoo produces. She also has a yellow-head Amazon. I love my neighbor and I hope that she is with us for many more years. I also love Ruby.

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  • martie werbacher - 2012-06-24
    My macaw also was plucking his feathers so I went and had his feathers trimmed/clipped and toenails done and he hasn't done it since and he looks beautiful.. My charlie (macaw) also talks alot thru the night when nobody is listening and or when it is just me n him in the early am..
  • Martie Werbacher - 2012-06-25
    My fiancee is 80 and he has also having his macaw willed to me, We found out that these birds have to be in a will otherwise whoever the next of kin can decide where and who the bird goes to... I was happy when my fiancees daughter was glad I wanted our bird charlie to be with me....
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Matt - 2010-02-19
I've got an approx. 10 year old female Military. That was a good bird up till the day that the Male B&G that she was raised with died( he ended up with a heart condition. Now she is the MEANEST bird that I have ever seen. I also have a younger B&G that is like a big baby, but the Military can no longer be handled. In turn, she gets less attention, in turn gets meaner, because no one wants the blood, & scars that she can inflict. There are days that I feel like opening the front door and throwing her out. I know, thats cruel, and I wouldn't do it. I'm even afraid to proceed to try and tame her again, I've had a lot of birds, as many as 6 Macaws, 2 greys, a bunch of Canaries, & a boatload of Finches, all at the same time. All but 2 Macaws, and about 10 Gouldian finches remain, and I'm slowly getting out of the finch hobby. Any ideas as to what I should do. I now hate this bird, but she is so pretty. I think that she is a womans bird, because she will get real close to my daughter when she talks to her. But my daughter has seen what she can do, and won't have anything to do with touching her. HELP

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  • Brampton, Ontario - 2010-02-26
    Please don't give up. She is grieving. I am sure when she accepts a new companion and is over her sense of loss she will be sociable again.
    I have a 4 year old MM named Carlos. He is hilarious. He only lets me handle him but he talks to my daughter and grandson whenever they walk by. He yells Jordan when we are calling my grandson to dinner, he meows after the cats, feeds the dogs his pellets and says haha when they pick up the food. Peek A Boo is his favourite saying. He always says night when I put him back in his cage at bedtime, but he seems to know when we are putting him in his cage because we age going out. Then he always says BYE quite loudly and he sounds a little disgusted with us. I would love to know how you make out.

    Brampton, Ontario
  • David Turnbow - 2010-08-26
    Matt,

    I do not have much of a reply other than patience. I have rescued a blue and gold, a green wing, and a panama amazon. They were all the same way in the beginning, but now they are all very sweet birds. If you would want to place the bird I would gladly take her. Just a thought.

    Thank you, David
  • martie werbacher - 2012-06-24
    hi... I started dating my boyfriend 7 months ago and he has a military macaw. My boyfriends wife passed after haveing this bird for 17 years, my boyfriend said the military macaw stopped eating and was sooo depressed he thought he'd lose the bird. After taking him to the vet the vet said to post a pitchure if you have one on the cage, his bird came out of his depression but was ok but my boyfriend hasn't been able to handle but to feed him. Since IIve been here it has taken me months of patience for the bird and I to love... he now follows me everywhere.. please, try a picture and if you don't have one find one in a magazine or internet to post on his/her cage..
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prasanna - 2012-06-23
Hi, I have to bye it. but I don't know how to keep them. So please give me a guidance about it. and which macaw can I buy ? Means which 1 is good for me. I am living in India and the temperature is about 23 d.c mostly ,,,

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-23
    I would spend a good amount of time reading about them first.  The personalities of various species of macaws are quite different just like various breeds of dogs.  Some are more laid back, some are more difficult, some are very large and some are smaller.  They are different - so start with reading about them, caging and feeding requirements.  There is also an enormous price difference in purchasing them.
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Nadia Zharkikh - 2012-06-21
Hi My name is Nadia were can you buy a Macaw?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-21
    There are many macaw breeders and they advertise in the back of Bird Talk magazine.  There are some excellent specialized exotic bird stores.  Do not buy a bird you can not handle, hold, cuddle.  You would not purchase a puppy that you can not handle - do not purchase a parrot you can not handle, hold and pet.
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T - 2010-06-08
I would call it a "Hylet", pronounced Hi-let:)

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Hamad - 2011-11-08
Hi I live in the middle east and I would like to know if they sell these birds in petshops as I want to get one.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-11
    They sell these birds in various bird pet stores in the United states, I don't know about pet stores in the Middle east.  You could ask them.
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Jake - 2012-05-13
Hi, I have a baby hahns, The baby was 12 days old when I got her, I got from a friend of mine that bought the baby but didn't know how to care it. the baby seems to be doing fine, I've had her for about 3 weeks now, and growing bigger every day, but I'm alittle worried about her legs, there out to her side, she moves the around and her claws grab hold of my finger, is the normal for a baby, I haven't gotten 1 this small before. Thanks Jake

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-13
    Sounds like splayed leg. Somehow the mom sitting of the baby nesting, somehow got the leg(s) got squished out to the side. Probably should take her to an avian vet - make sure avian though. The vet would actually splint the legs in place using guaze. He'll do a figure 8 bandage with guaze wrapping the legs fairly close together so the legs aren't 'spalyed' but upright and baby will be able to stand. This is usually done when first seen and at 5-10 days old would be all right in 5 days or so. Your's is older and so I am concerned about the age and that is why I say vet. Just should be a bandage wrap to put the legs in their correct position. They grow so fast at this age, they heal fast so should be OK. But need to fix the condition. OK?
  • Jake - 2012-05-13
    Thank you so much, I'll take the baby to Doc tomarrow am Thanks
  • Jake - 2012-05-14
    Charlie, thanks again for your help, I took the baby to the vet today, and the splint the babys legs, hope this does the trick, thanks again, Jake
  • Jake - 2012-06-08
    Hi Charlie, just wanted to let you know that the splints came off our Baby yesterday and she seem's to be doing fine, Doc said she should be running around soon lol, Thanks again for your help, Jake
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-08
    Isn't it amazing how hey can heal like that.  Glad all is great.
  • Jake - 2012-06-08
    Charlie I believe how much the baby grows seems like over night you see a change, alot differant from when she was 12 days old, thanks for every thing.
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ANN - 2012-05-31
Hi, I have a 6 month old Hahns that I had raised from 3 weeks. When I got her, her beak was about 50/50 black and fleshy colored. It is now about 85% black with a few lighter areas on it. I had a breeder tell me that she wasn't a hahns but a noble. From pictured that I have researched Hahns beaks are black and nobles are flesh
But the spots on her beak that are lighter aren't bone colored like a noble. Any thoughts?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    I don't know whether you have a Hahns or a Noble but here is a photo of a Hahns side by side with a Noble. I think you will be able to tell which one you have from the photo. Here it is Hahns Noble
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Phyllis - 2012-05-31
My yellow collared military macaw has beak problems the top grow long and curved and the bottom one side grows taller than the other... What should I do ???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    You would need to take the macaw to an avian vet and have the top beak filed down. The bottom beak is probably crooked as the top beak has grown to long forcing the bottom beak sideways. It is an easy process and the bird does not have to be put to sleep to do this. The beak needs to be filed. Then put a concrete perch in the cage as the top perch and he should be able to file it himself from there.
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Christian avelar - 2012-05-30
How can anybody distinguish the difference between a male or a female scarlet macaw?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-30
    There is no 100% accuate way to determine the sex of a scarlet macaw outside of DNA sexing. You can purchase the kits in the back of Bird Talk Magazine and it is easy to do. I believe they are $25.00. You can also have the vet do DNA testing. Don't have the vet put the bird to sleep to scope sex it. Unesssary and unreliable unless the vet is very experienced and it can kill the bird. A best guess approach is the females head is rouder than the males. The males head is flatter and a definite slope at the back of the head going down the neck.
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