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stacie - 2012-05-19
I sure my baby bird. From what I've read it seems they are not supposed to be the best talkers. My Sassy is right now going through her whole long list of words and phrases as I am in here on the computer and not outside with her. She just babbles on and on, "I love you pretty bird", "momma", "hi", "hello", and on and on she goes. She seems to pick up everything I say to her. Today she started saying "peek a boo" because yesterday i was playing peek a boo with her. She says "good bird" or "ow, that hurts baby" Gee, I wonder why she would say that? She does not however say any of the scolding terms I use like "Don't bite" and I've said that a lot. When I got her a few months ago she was so scared and mean it was hard to even get her fed and water filled. Now she takes sunflower seeds right out of my mouth. She comes right up and nuzzles her head in my neck or chest. (always a scary moment at first) She has never yet bit me hard anywhere only wants to nibble on my fingers sometimes. I say "ow" and she laughs. She also yells at the dogs when they are barking "STOP". She is a love and i'm overjoyed to have her.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-20
    Just because it is said that they are not the best talkers, does not measn they don't talk. Some are quite vocal and will surprize you with what they can learn. You can actually wind up in a discussion with them.
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randall white - 2012-05-15
My red shouldered hahns macaw is having problems with what seems to be a parasite problem which is consuming his feathers. I have tried mite sprays anticeptics and daily baths but nothing is working. None of my other parrots seem to be affected. Any suggestions

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-15
    Take him to an avian vet as soon as possible. He might be plucking his own feathers but the way you are saying this with such anxiety and no relief I'd have him tested for beak and feather. It is a virus and contagious.
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Bob Young - 2007-11-16
Why a bird? I have heard that question more than once and by different people.
After my last cat died I was upset over it. I get that way after all my companion friends die. I have had several in my life and I really hate when I loose them. After a year or so, my wife and I talked about getting something. She wanted a dog, I would of liked another cat. I spent some time on a farm and cats where all over keeping the rodents in check. My dad always had dogs and I have nothing against them, just wasn

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  • Sarah - 2011-06-03
    Great story!! I hope you have many, many more years with Jasmine. Whatever may spring up in life, kids, new career, etc., please see her as a member of your family and keep her through any new life experiences, never give up or turn her away for something new.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-04
    I love my macaws and always have and my story is similar. I went into the store to buy a dog bone. Mine went in the car with me, was potty trained (to go on command) and I would take him right into the store etc. He would walk down to the bustop to play with the kids getting off the bus from school and stayed right with me. Sometimes he would even sneak out the doogy door. A friend of mine did pretty much the same thing with her macaw but her macaw for whatever reason decided to fly off her shoulder and fly into a car wash. The bird was fine but wet but it took them several hours to get him after he flew through the car wash. Just a suggestion - you might want to do the leash and get him used to it.
    I think birds are absolutely wonderful and the harlequin is gorgeous with an excellent personality. You did the totally right thing getting it that young. I am glad your happy and congratulations.
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Theresa Pratt - 2012-04-15
Oh our blue and gold already says step up hello hi and far out and love you. He's trying to say other stuff just can't make it out yet. He or she is very well behaved. He feeds my large dog and my dog washed his face. He's beat my cat up and knocked him off the railing to the floor below. The guy is such a sweet little guy with a great personality. I need to know how long do you syringe feed them. I don't want him to become dependent on it and not want to eat on his own my neighbor said he should be eating so i've been trying to cut 1 feeding out and givng him the scrambbled eggs baked sweet potato cooked mixed vegetables fresh cooked green beans fresh fruit and he only knibbles

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-17
    From what I gather from your previous question - this little fella is about 10 months old. You can cut back his feedings to 60 cc before you or he goes to bed - just to make sure his belly is full before bed. Gradullay reduce him down to no feedings -- maybe reduce down 10 cc a night for a week. So first week 60 cc each night. Second week 50 cc's, third week 40 cc's. Are you giving him macaw seed mix? Also give him cracked walnuts, cheerios, ritz crackers with honey on them. Macaws eat a lot of protecin more so than vegatables. They do like cooked sweet potatoes but not really into a lot of fruits. Chicken, tuna, macoroni --- Sounds like you are having fun though.
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Theresa Pratt - 2012-04-13
I have a blue and gold he or she is about 10 to 11 months should he be winged yet id not when do you wing a macaw he has a slight crooked beak not bad though tried to find the breeder with no luck wanted to see if he was always a small bird hope someone can help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-13
    You do not have to clip a birds wings, however you do have to be careful if you take her outside. That is what the flight suits or harnesses are for. You don't want to have to catch her out of a tree. Show her safe landings like sofa or bed and teach her windows. All my macaws walked around the home. Vet clipped my cocatoos wing and she went to jump to me and broke her back. Many say clip and many say no.
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Anonymous - 2009-11-14
I hope you've got someone in mind to will these birds too...they'll still be around when you're gone, after all.

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  • Hillary - 2010-05-27
    That is such a creepy attitude-I hear it all the time. I have my dad's 45 year old Amazon-thats what happens-you teach your children well. And everyone else you can talk to. That's why they call them 'generational' pets. Grrrr. Anonymous. If I were a macaw I would bit your neck so hard-if I were a Cockatoo I would chase you and make you sneeze.
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kevin - 2012-04-29
we have a hahns macaw and we were wondering about introducing a mate would anyone have any tips on this subject

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-29
    First is you need to know what sex your Hahns macaw is and get the opposite sex. Place the second macaw in a cage next to the first. You will see after a few days/ a week they will be obviously interested in each other. Set up a nest box andplace it in the females cage and then place themale in with the female.
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john - 2008-10-26
I have a 16 month old fella (DNA sexed)named Bama that is just the greatest. He and I started out back July of 2007 when he was all beak and feet with just a few feathers on his head. I am a first time GWM owner and had lots of doubts in the beginning. After spending everyday for several hours visiting him in July and August and half way through September I realized he was the perfect bird for me. At the pet shop where I got him there were lots of other birds and none of them were nearly as wonderful. I have always been an animal lover and at 59 and retired I felt that I would have the time to spend with him. Bama is just the best pal in the world and I am so lucky to have found him. I have two chocolate labs and we all get along just great. Bama does require a lot attention. He is out of his cages most of the day. He wants to be with me and follows me around the house. Helps me with what ever task I am trying, ha ha, to accomplish whether I like or not. He says several words like "come back" when I leave the room or "hi there Bama", "Roll Tide", and "hi Bama", plus lots of other sounds that I am not able to decipher just yet. He loves to chew everything and is always trying to get into everything he can reach. I have him clipped so he climbs down his stand and runs across the floor to follow me. He is getting better socialized with others and will let others interact with me most of the time. He has been weened onto a pellet diet from the beginning. I also feed lots of fruits and veggies and nuts for treats. He wants to eat whatever I am eating so dinner time he gets a small sample of my food. He loves to chew up ice from my glass (plastic). He has lots of toys to keep him busy and forage in. I live in New England and the sun light during the winter is not the greatest so I got some natural lite bulbs for his cage so he gets enough. I decided early on to have a roosting (sleeping cage) in another room away from the daily hustle and bustle of the rest of my house and a cage in my family room so if I have to put him up during the day he has a place to go. That has worked out very well he does not fuss at all at night when its bed time. Both he and the dogs have their sleeping cage/crates in the back bedroom. They all go in together and come out together. Less jealousy that way. I am very glad that I have the opportunity to share my life with such a wonderful bird. I will be getting into more training of tricks so he has more things to concentrate on. He steps up regularly with out prompting and even tells me by saying "up up" and putting his foot up when he wants to come to me. He loves to roll over and have his tummy and feet played with and does his throaty macaw style laugh "ha ha ha". Foot toys are also some of his favorite things, usually broken bits of the toys he has chewed to death already. He loves to take a bath in the kitchen sink, it is a divided sink with a center section that he stands on and lets the water run over him. Yes the water goes every where and he has a great time playing in it. Afterwards we go into my bedroom and he has his fun with being blown dry with my hair drier, squaking and laughing and fluffing and shaking the water off. I would only recommend a GWM for someone with lots of time and patience. I have a grown son and Bama is like a new child in the family that will never grow up. If you like having a feathered 3 year old around with a large powerful beak for the rest of your life then have at it. I am sure glad I did.

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  • macalynn - 2010-09-19
    Hi John

    My baby girl gw loves the blown dryer after a shower/bath also.
    I love her dearly and raised her up from nothing but fuzz and some pin feathers. She is just now exploring toys, new giant cage and running the roost around here. She is sitting on my shoulder right now watching me and making those throaty noises; not a question about gw but what is new england like?
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Theresa Pratt - 2012-04-15
Hi I wanted to know at what age do you start to wean your baby. Ours is somewhere between 10 months and a yr we are still syrine feeding him 2 times a day. I've tried vegetables sweet potatos eggs but he barley picks at these are we doing something wrong what should he weigh at 1 yr old he looks small. I can't feel any ribs but you can feel his little breast bone

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-15
    If your little fella was in the wild - he would be pretty independent by now and fledged from the nest. They like their feedings and I think their humans like it also. However, you should be definitely starting to wean him now. I'd give him 60cc at night before you go to bed (or he does) just like crackers and cookies for a child. I would also feed him cracked walnuts - just get some walnuta and crack them in half - he will know what to do. Cheerios, dehydrated fruit/nut mix from Goldenfeast is great. Crackers with honey -
    So give him the 60cc before bed so you know he isn't hungry and let him eat on his own. How long - most would tell you tht he should be weaned by now. Me - I'd say let him have the 60cc till he sorta doesn't want it. Shouldn't be much longer.
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Emily Clark - 2012-04-02
I have a 2 year old greenwing macaw who screams everytime that my husband goes upstairs. He can go anywhere else in the house without any problems. I am not sure how to stop this behaviour. Any suggestions please let me know how to handle this situation.
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Emily

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-02
    Birds get real funny notions and probably to your feathered friend your husband is dissapearing. A child will cry when they can't see 'MOM' until they learn 'MOM' comes back. Possibly your feathered companion will outgrow this learning your hubby is not 'dissapearing'. He can try and take the bird up stairs with him. Just take the bird and go upstairs show him around and come back down. Do this several times. Yes, your hubby can dissapear into the kitchen - not upstairs but the bird can hear him. I can go anywhere in my home I want except downstairs. I finally just took my bird with me. Seemed to have solved the problem. The first time I took him downstairs - he was scared and flew back up the stairs but finally all was well and now no panic screaming when I go downstairs.
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