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chris Biro - 2009-11-27
I would avoid hiring someone to help me train freeflight unless they have many years experience doing so themselves. The womachs are internet marketers claiming to be bird trainers. I have been freeflying parrots since 1993 and do not consider womachs a reliable or credible resource. Be very careful if you rely on their information. Chris Biro
EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks for your point of view Chris. Keeping pet birds safe is a first priority! Their bio states they have years of training experience, and they have a money-back offer on the bird training videos they offer on the internet. So the bottom line is: research, make your own informed decision, and only try the products you feel comfortable with.

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Bobby - 2009-10-30
According to my interpretations of color mutation pigment extremity diferences,
I feel that the particular "Hyarlet Macaws(I name it myself)" is strong co-evidence agaisnt hybriding the Macaws.
Raising greater than 28 Hyacinth Blues, raising extreme yellow stripes, 30 scarlets macaws feel that this combination should be a total Failures. We probably walks further than nature but nature knows their own way better.

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Cindy P. - 2007-09-18
My Commando is an 8 year old miligold macaw. We adopted him from the Humane Society just over 1 year ago, being his second owner. He was not abused per say, but neglected somewhat due to a new baby in the home. We feel so blessed to have him! He is IN LOVE with my 12 year old daughter, allowing her to swing him in a blanket, making kissing noises and laughing the entire time! He says just about everything, too. If I come up to his cage at night, he always whispers, "I love you", everytime! He comes with me to the local elementary school, with some of my other animals, and shows off while I talk about his background. He is the perfect animal ambassador, and always says "goodbye!" to the kids when we leave. He is a big part of our family. (Hopefully they'll let me add a picture later..)While not for everyone, this macaw was a perfect fit for us!

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Eva J. Blanco - 2008-10-03
Hello, My name is Eva and my husband just bought me an Illiger for my birthday about 1 1/2 months ago. When he purchased "Chulo" he was about 1 month old. Since we've had him, he's been very isolated. He gets very agitated whenever we try to talk to him or touch him. He does not like for anyone to talk to him or whistle at him. I have tried leaving the cage door open so that he can walk around the house and he refuses to come out whenever we are around, but he will come out if we leave the door to the cage open and leave the room. I don't know what to do, I don't want to get rid of my baby Chulo but I feel he is not happy with us.

If anyone knows what we're doing wrong, please let us know!!!!!


Eva J. Blanco
Delano California

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  • Jeff - 2010-03-01
    You got Chulo at too early of an age, He shouldn't have been removed from the nest that early. Be careful with his diet and watch that he get enough Protien. Patients and love is all you can really offer this baby Illiger's. Make sure he gets plenty of Avian Vet visits until he is around 6 mos old.
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Gaz - 2009-03-06
In life, you get what you give. A green wing does take a lot of work, but the rewards are worth every minute of it. You get a companion like no other. A big red dinosour that loves nothing more than to cuddle up and have its feathers stroked, a friend who loves to play, loyalty like you'd never imagine and an intellegence that challenges yours!
Mine is called Dino because my friend who has two Blue & Yellow Macaws said he looked like a big dinosour standing next to them. Many ask about the cage size, well I couldn't afford one I personaly feel would be big enough for him, so he has his own room with branches jammed between the walls. During the day I take him out for hours at a time and plonk him on a chair next to me or let him run around the patio and even take him for walks around town, which he loves. But please, anyone thinking of getting one, they do take a big commitment in time. They do sometimes squalk extremely loud, which may well upset your neighbours, and until you teach them not to bite hard, they can do damage to you and you simply cannot leave them unattended outside of their cage. They bite through everything, including electric cables! Are you REALLY ready for that commitment?

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Lindsey - 2011-04-02
I have an 8 year old ruby macaw named Louie. My husband rehabilitates birds on the side. Louie came into our lives about 2 years ago. At the time we had 3 other birds. He fell in love with Louie. Don't tell him but I did too! The 3 other birds were rehabilitated and are now in new homes and Louie is still with us and is never leaving. I must admit I am not a fan of birds nor am I very fond of them. I just don't quite get them or understand them. I have yet to hold louie but I have bonded with him and I truly enjoy him. He loves being pet and scratched. He loves listening to music and singing. He can be very loud and as another post said on hard wood floors their screams and screeches are ear piercing. I think birds are very moody. Some days he's extremely happy and other days he's not. He's very playful and energetic and loves attention. He is right in the center of all the action so he does not feel left out. Louie grew on me. I think he's just the cuttest thing now. And we have a special relationship. Of all bthe birds we have helped the ruby macaw is by far my favorite. I love their personality!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-02
    I had a Ruby macaw and she was just full of fun. She was as tempermental as they come - sorta reminded me of my teenagers. I;d wait to see the modd of the day and go from there. They are beautiful. I just went on the assumption that Ruby ruled on occasion. I adopted her and was told she was 5 - 6 years old. She became quite loving in her independent way and enjoyed being pet, held and loved.
  • Ezfarahani Kamarudin - 2011-12-20
    I live in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur and Im looking for a ruby macaw did you import it or did you bought it from a petstore.Please reply to me at ezfarahani@hotmail.com thank you
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Pan - 2012-02-26
I just got an 11 month old male blue and gold 2 weeks ago. We couldn't decide on a name for him so we just kept throwing names at him until he responded to one, so his name is Freddie. since about an hour after we got him he needs to play with me constantly, and spends alot of time on my head, trying to crack it open like a large nut! He's started playing very rough and bites me anywhere he can get a grip on me, and he bites really hard, and although its only playful biting, it hurts like Hell. Also tonight he pooped on me, the first time since we got him, he usually flies to his stand to poop, then comes back to me. He's a real pain in the neck, but I love him to bits. I don't care if he never talks, his personality more than makes up for it, although I think he tried to say 'hello' this evening

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    He will talk - not real well but he will talk. I don't know what is true but this is real. Macaws - all of mine - seem to go through what I call a teething stage and it is about 1 - 1/2 years old. They chew on me, the rug, the spread, my shirt etc. They bite and chew on anything. Best thing is to grab the beak and say in a loud voice 'NO' or 'NO HURT' and let him know it is wrong. Be firm. Yes, it hurts and it gets too rough. Another thing I did was actually 'TIME OUT' where I would turn themover on their back and hollder 'TIME OUT' and count to 10. They get excited and are having fun and they need to know it gets too rough. Human babies will bite - puppies and so do macaws at this stage. They are not biting to bite - they are just playing too rough and you need to teach them. Yes, they love banging on your head - all is new and fun. You are the teacher and you have to decide what isd acceptable and what is not. Behaviors can be cute at 11 months but maybe not cute when full grown, independent and 10 years so think about what is acceptable behvior to you 10 years from now. You probably don't want the fella on top of your head. He is in control there. You need to be somewhat in control. I like the way you choose the name. That, I think, is the perfect way to do it. Sounds like your having fun - just think - now you get to go into the terrible twos. Enjoy.

  • Pan - 2012-02-26
    Actually it's more of a squawk than a 'hello'. He's not tapping my head, it's more like trying to rip my scalp off! I do roll him on his back, and sometimes he does it himself, but when I try to tickle or stroke him he just bites harder because he thinks we're wrestling. If I try to go anywhere around the apartment, he will fly to my head only a few seconds later. He has tried to remove my ear, my fingers, my wrist, has gone for my eyes, and tried to remove all my finger nails. He does NOT like being told 'NO' when he does the things he shouldn't be doing, but he does it all playfully, and in no way aggressively.
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Pan - 2012-02-26
I just got an 11 month old male blue and gold 2 weeks ago. We couldn't decide on a name for him so we just kept throwing names at him until he responded to one, so his name is Freddie. since about an hour after we got him he needs to play with me constantly, and spends alot of time on my head, trying to crack it open like a large nut! He's started playing very rough and bites me anywhere he can get a grip on me, and he bites really hard, and although its only playful biting, it hurts like Hell. Also tonight he pooped on me, the first time since we got him, he usually flies to his stand to poop, then comes back to me. He's a real pain in the neck, but I love him to bits. I don't care if he never talks, his personality more than makes up for it, although I think he tried to say hello this evening

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    He will talk - not real well but he will talk. I don't know what is true but this is real. Macaws - all of mine - seem to go through what I call a teething stage and it is about 1 - 1/2 years old. They chew on me, the rug, the spread, my shirt etc. They bite and chew on anything. Best thing is to grab the beak and say in a loud voice 'NO' or 'NO HURT' and let him know it is wrong. Be firm. Yes, it hurts and it gets too rough. Another thing I did was actually 'TIME OUT' where I would turn themover on their back and hollder 'TIME OUT' and count to 10. They get excited and are having fun and they need to know it gets too rough. Human babies will bite - puppies and so do macaws at this stage. They are not biting to bite - they are just playing too rough and you need to teach them. Yes, they love banging on your head - all is new and fun. You are the teacher and you have to decide what isd acceptable and what is not. Behaviors can be cute at 11 months but maybe not cute when full grown, independent and 10 years so think about what is acceptable behvior to you 10 years from now. You probably don't want the fella on top of your head. He is in control there. You need to be somewhat in control. I like the way you choose the name. That, I think, is the perfect way to do it. Sounds like your having fun - just think - now you get to go into the terrible twos. Enjoy.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    You sorta really have to get some control over Freddie. This is what they do - it is normal but you just can't have him flying around and landing on your head or biting too hard. He could get hurt and you could get hurt. Many would tell you to clip his wings - I won't. I will say that you should firmly tell him 'NO' and put him back on his perch. If he doesn't stay then back in his cage. If he does fly to you, raise your arm up so he lands on your arm - call 'COME' and let him land on your arm - not on your head. Yes, they pull hair and chew on ears - you just have to be firm and it is 'NO' and then on perch or cage. He needs some training. Start with basics while on a perch. 'up' and just on your hand. 'come' and on your arm. 'NO' when poor behavior. Now it is cute and fun and funny but this fella is really going to be able to rule the home if you don't get him a little under control. Put words to anything he does - if he spreads wings say 'PRETTY' Carry him only with your hand and keep your thumb on one of his toes - you have control, he is secure.
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Stefan - 2012-02-14
My parrot doesnt want to step up other than that he is fine. He has started talking, and alyways wants to be in the same room but doesn't want to step up only when he feels like it. What treats can I give him.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    No bird will 'step up' all the time unless really well trained. Sometimes they just want to hang out by themselves or play alone or sometimes they just don't want pet. If your macaw is putting his foot up and sticking it straight out when you are trying to get him to step up - then he is saying 'I have a headache or leave me alone to hang out'. Now if this is most of the time, I would say to put him on his perch or on your hand and say 'step up' When you say this place your entire hand directly underneath your birds chest and in front of his feet. Raise your hand gently and he will have no choice but to 'step up' I do this hand over hand 'step up' going from one hand to another with my birds sorta like a game. It would be as if they had to climb stairs. Now if for some reason they don't want to 'step up' right that second, I will give them their space. Think about why/when your macaw doesn't 'step up' My birds won't do it when strangers are in the house. They just look with the big eyes. If it is the majority of time - try the stair trick. Red fronts are usually quite attached to their humans and excellent pets. They normally like just haging out with their human but they do enjoy some alone walking/playing around time too.
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Atalanta Starnight - 2012-02-07
Don't do it! Don't get one. I have one. You won't be able to do anything else with your life other than babysit the macaw. They are adorable but very very needy. They have the emotional nature of a two year old and never grow up.

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  • Atalanta Starnight - 2012-02-07
    Oh and no matter how much attention you give it, once day they will pluck everything off (because you had to go to work or something) and you can't stop them.
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