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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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Susan Lewis - 2012-03-25
I got my Blue and Gold Macaw last week, Cozmo is 15 years old and a welcome addition to our zoo. Cozmo belonged to a family that lived in Pennsylvania and they were moving and unable to keep him. He is very friendly and started talking for us the second day he was here. He has said about 15 different phrases and keeps surprising us with new comments every day. My personal favorite occured last night when all of a sudden in a very clear voice I hear 'Shut Up' coming from his cage. People must realize when they take a parrot into their care that you have a pet that could very well out live you. They demand alot of attention and care, and should never be bought on impulse. I have a dear friend that has a parrot rescue and helped me in getting Cozmo, I would never purchase a parrot, there are so many that are in need of good homes.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    Parrots are definitely cxomplicated creatures and so intelligent, it is hard to believe. For whatever reason (although I believe I know the reason) they all seem to learn the words 'shut up' or 'quiet'. Of course they are never going to do it. Funny though. They always get the last word in.
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Donna - 2012-02-14
Got our Hahns from a breeder when it was 5 months old. The breeder told us she hadn't handled 'Dublin' for quite some time (her larger Macaws were her 'babies'). We bought Dublin anyway and hoped she would come around for us. We still have a horrible time getting her to come out of the cage and don't want to upset her. Any suggestions would be sooooo appreciated. She doesn't do 'step up' but will come close to get treats. We love her already but would like to be able to hold and pet her and be closer. Thanks for any info. Donna

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-15
    If the breeder can't handle the bird, then the breeder shouldn't be selling the bird. That was an excuse for either not hand feeding as she should have, or not hand feeding at all or just neglect after weaning. Given that, your little guy is young and people shy/hand shy and you have to start at the beginning. Because he wasn't handled, he doesn't know that humans are great companions and love him. Yes, feed him treats with your hand, talk to him. Put him on the floor on a towel and play with him, with treats or little toys or they usually like small stuffed animals. Go slow. After a few days pick him up right in the towel and just put him in your lap. Continue the feeding and playing or just gently pet him. If this takes a few weeks - it does. Remember you have a fella with a 60 year life expectancy so no hurry. The idea is to get him not afraid of your hands, then enjoy being around your hands and then with the towel into your lap. He will train you from there. You will also be able to start teaching him to step up.
  • Donna - 2012-02-28
    Hi! Thanks again! I have her out right now -- but once again it was a hassle. Once she is out she seems to enjoy it so I don't understand why she won't come out on her own. Have tried leaving food and treats just outside her cage -- just seems like she's afraid. I talk to her all the time and reward her for any little bit she gives me. I can now put my finger right up to her but she still won't 'step up'. Any suggestions on that? I feel so bad for her but am trying everyday to get closer and closer. Every place I read about birds it says that 'step up' is the first command learned. Do you still think I can eventually get her to 'step up' and let me hold her without her being afraid? Thanks again for all your help. Donna
  • Donna - 2012-02-28
    Hi -- thanks for the info on our Hahns 'Dublin' but am still having such a hard time getting her out of her cage. Have been trying to get her to 'step up' onto a perch but she is terrified of coming out of her cage. She gets near the end of the perch but runs back into the cage. Got her out a couple of times and was able to play with her on a towel on the floor but I HATE to get her sooooo upset getting her out. I've tried holding the perch with one hand and a treat for her in the other but she gets sooo spooked if I start to take the perch out and scrambles for the nearest bar she can hold onto. I sit with her, talk to her and try to let her know how much I love her. I've had her for a month now (supposedly she's 6 months old now) and don't know if it's normal for her to still be so scared. I would definitely appreciate any info on how to get her out of the cage without spooking her -- and if I should still get her out no matter what. Thanks so much for any input. Donna
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-28
    It isn't normal. She was stuffed in a cage or breeder box and not let out for probably weeks at a time and she is cage bound. She is afraid. Her whole life she has been enclosed in little walls. She is young and I am pretty sure this is reversible. Leave the cage door open and put food and water just inside the cage door. Then place the food and water just outside the cage door - then a little further. The more she is out, the more she is going to get used to being out. Try and look at it as if you were locked in a closet for months and months and fed there but not talked to and then someone let the door open. You would be afraid of the scary big world out there.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-28
    Yes, I am confident that you will be able to get her so she is not so afraid and will 'step up'. Let's say every time you go through a door - a gun goes off. It would scare you and eventually you just would not want to come out. Sure would be grateful when you are out but terrified of coming out - I mean who knows when the bullet will hit you. I think the breeder just grabbed this little guy and tube fed (force fed) and ignored any kind of pet, talk, hug, touch etc. Another thought - what happens if you just totally remove the cage? I realize you can't do that permanently but can it be done for a day -

    Step up. While the little guy is sitting on your lap or in a towel just slide your whole hand under his belly. Just leave your hand there and make sure he is relaxed. Pet the top of his head with your other hand. Laugh, talk etc. Then say 'up' and just lift him from underneath maybe 1/2 inch - sorta like a game. Do this as play. Eventually just lift him 'up' with your hand, holding on to his foot with your thumb. You cradle a baby lifting it up - so you are going to cradle the little bird as you pickit 'UP' slowly.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-03
    Hey great - Dublin got out and went on top of her cage - that is a start. Yep, sounds older and definitely not treated very well. But you know now she will come out of her cage so just let her go in and out as she wishes. Talk to her, feed her little pieces of your food with your hand - she will come to you. It just takes time.
  • Donna - 2012-03-03
    Thank you so much for all your input. I was thinking the same thing about the age. The breeder said that she thought 'Dublin' was a female and she wanted to keep the 'male' for breeding. Now I am beginning to think 'Dublin' IS older and was not a good breeding hahns. Is there a way a vet can tell the age? She came out and went to the top of her cage to get some food in her 'play' area and got back into her cage after about 1/2 hour. I put some food right outside her door on a chair but she didn't go for that. Also -- think I might have scared her in the beginning trying to get her out of the cage (the 'breeder' said to get her out no matter what). I will continue to keep trying as I am beginning to think she might have been abused by the breeder. Thanks again for all your help. Donna
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-03
    I don't know for a fact but the behavior of Dublin is way unusual. If I had to guess, I would think you have more of an older bird - possibly not hand fed. This breeder should have been able to handle her own babies and you should have been able to handle the baby easily. That's done so we just go from there. Up until maybe 30 years ago, most pet birds were 'wild caught' and imported. They were caught in the forest and brought to the United States. They made wonderful loving companions. So just recently people have the luxury of having a hand fed, tame baby. Now I know your bird was not wild caught as not allowed anymore but I do believe you are having problems. If it is possible to have a wild caught full size macaw as an affectionate loving pet - then your Dublin will come around. It is just a little more difficult. It takes time. Dublin is probably sensing some of your anxiety as well - birds are great at that. I go back to put the food outside the cage and let him come out to eat. He is not going to starve - they don't eat sometimes for a day but he will come out to eat. Just leave the cage door open. Try putting a perch (a screw on perch) and possibly a screw on food bowl on the outside of the cage. What happens when you take him out and he 'runs'? Go by him and sit down. Just go get him and pick him up again or try putting him on the bed with you. Get creative but youneed to get him out of the cage and into your lap or laying down next to you or laying on your chest or by you in the bed - something to start connecting. He is going to live a long time and you have lots of time - you do not have to go fast. This is going to take a few weeks - maybe longer but you will have a wonderful companion.
  • Donna - 2012-03-03
    Hi -- it's me again -- and losing confidence fast as far as our little hahns 'Dublin' will ever be a bird that wants to come out of her cage, sit on our shoulders, and just 'not run away' when she thinks we want her out of the cage. Tried putting her food just outside of her cage (even with a few treats) and waiting to see if she comes out. Nothing! Then I feel sorry and put the food back in thinking I don't want to starve her. Just how long can the food be out of reach? I do believe she has come a long way since I first got her but I really want her to just come out to me and that doesn't seem to be happening. Tried putting a towel on my lap to have her 'step up' but she 'runs' for anything she can climb up on. You've been great -- any other suggestions? Do you still think she'll overcome her fear? Thanks for ANY input.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-16
    Hey you have Dublin 'stepping up' ... You may not realize it but you have him 'stepping up' When he flies down and then gets on your hand - he is 'stepping up'
    Honest. Now every time he gets up on your hand say 'UP' and what a good bird etc make over him and be fun and funny. Let Dublin get used to that and used to being on your hand to get to your shoulder (which is way normal behavior). Birds always want to be on highest point. Now, after you believe he is pretty used to (accostumed) to you saying 'UP' and talking, dancing, being funny etc. when he gets on your hand, hold his foot with your thrumb to keep him from going up your arm and onto your shoulder. If you think he is going to bite just twist your arm slightly or just let your thumb up. But the idea is for you to have control viz holding his foot with your thumb. Not hard - just a light hold usually works and also makes them feel secure. You did it congratulations - now just keep on going. You are getting it. Parrots train their humans quite well - we just got to pay attention.
  • Donna - 2012-03-16
    Hi! Dublin (our Hahns Macaw) is starting to come out of her cage. Still takes quite a bit of coaxing and she still doesn't 'trust' our hand/fingers. After she 'flies' down to the floor, she will climb up my arm to my shoulder (most of the time) and I think she is getting more and more comfortable. She is also starting to talk quite a bit. I still would love to have her come right out and 'step up' on my finger but I guess that will take a while longer. Took all of your suggestions and they worked more than anything else I tried. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Will keep you posted on Dublins progress. Donna
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