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Rebecca Stevenson - 2012-01-20
Your post made me laugh. Macaws are just so full of personality.

I'm 24 years old and have been looking for the perfect macaw for about a year now. Everyone keeps telling me I am crazy for taking on a long term commitment, but they don't realize I actually spend all my free time with my pets, I don't go out partying like most my age, I stay at home with my babies. I am a social gamers so computers are my form of socialization. (Sounds sad, but I have great friends, and enjoy life with them.)

The life span of a macaw is very frightening, which is why I have decided on one so early in life, most macaws I've met have outlived their owners who were much older than me, and now have severe depression and issues.

I've also have koi fish that currently are about 16 year old, I've been committed to their time and needs for almost my whole life. Koi can live longer than macaws, but indeed are easier to care for, but cost almost as much money in bills and supplies.

I first considered adoption, and I found a few macaws who were well socialized, and very friendly. I was very close to adopting this 24 year old greenwing, but someone else beat me to the punch.

Everyone I've met who owns a bird says they've never been happier. But recommend I get a baby macaw. I did consider this as well, I am in contact with a breeder who specializes in Camelot hybrid macaws, as well as dropping by a few stores so can meets macaws ands on.

I am also starting to volunteer with a macaw adoption, to get more hands on practice with macaws.

I would love to just go pick up a macaw tomorrow but a few things are holding me back. First off is noise. I adore the squawks of a demanding macaw, but neighbors might not. I've been researching on possible ways to entertain a macaw to keep the noise level down. Another scary trait is mating season. I hear macaws can become overwhelmed with hormones and many owners have been driven mad by the fuss. And the last is what happens if I need to travel for a week or two, trying to find a caretaker has proven a challenger. Plenty of vets, parrot stores, and airlines that allow pets in my area, but a babysitter is harder.

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Cindy - 2012-01-18
Can anyone tell me can a macaw have mushrooms?? We just bought our hahns 'Henry' and is three months old and is sexed a male. I just want to make sure we are not feeding him something he should not have.

Any help you can share would be appreciated.

Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-18
    Ovviously, your little macaw can eat anything that is a high quality see/nut/pellet mix for macaws. Additionally, he can eat anything that is nutricious that humans eat except no avocado. Chocolate and wine are not nutricious. I have fed mine meatloaf with mushrooms in it but realize some mushrooms are toxic to both humans and birds. I don't know how to tell the difference so unless you know - I wouldn't do it. Here is a list of things Macaw foods which lists foods ok for macaws and those not suggested such as salty or sugar. Hope it helps.
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Tania Davis - 2012-01-17
Having been owned by a Harlequin macaww, I must say they are beautiful! The behavior is typical macaww, you must try and change it young as when they get older it becomes a problem since they really never leave the "toddler" stage. Enjoy a long and healthy life. BTW mine would pinch bite and when you said oww she laugh at you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-17
    I stopped mine from pinch biting. Scarlets actually. I would put my thumb in their beak when they went to pinch bite and do a figure 8 with their head. Took about a week but instead of pinch biting they would twist their head into a figure eight and go back and forth. It worked and it was humorous. Just a thought.
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Lynsey - 2012-01-15
I have a question ...... dont know if anyone knows or not i have a friend that said her Flame Macaw mated with her Millitary Macaw . Does anyone know what the babies would be called? just intrested thanks all!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    I don't know of a specific name for that cross. The Flame is a second generation hybrid and gorgeous. So although I can't find a specific name, I know they will be beautiful.
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robbie - 2008-05-31
I have my hahns macaws sitting on eggs right now, I'm all excited about that. They have had a couple of clutches before I got them and had three eggs out of each clutch hatch. So right now I noticed three eggs and have left them alone so they can do their thing, and I monitor the eggs only when they are out of the box eating. They are great little birds... I really enjoy my Hanzel and Gretel.

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Stacy - 2007-12-01
I have had my Catalina Macaw for over 5 years now! Prior to, he was my brother-in-law's bird. He's in his "terrible teens", lol. He loves to go for car rides (van only...hates the mustang). There is about a 15 minute window before he begins regurgitating (he really loves me)! I've read and heard their vocubulary is approx. 15 to 25 words. Well...be informed, this is an extremely conservative estimate.
My "Buddy" (Budweiser)has a vocabulary in excess of 50 words and min. 20 full phrases/sentences, that are most of the time-used in context with full appropriate expression. And that's only what I've heard! This is excluding his sound imitations, little dog & big dog barks, eeeew, kissing, coughing, sneezing, opera singing (I don't have the heart to tell him he's no "song bird"), whistling, laughing, humming, sighs, Uuuugh-I'm sick sounds, etc. He hasn't met a yellow nape or African Grey yet that he hasn't "put to shame" in a verbal war! He was raised with another Macaw and a Nape and I wonder how much influence that had on his verbal skills? To this day, I'm amazed at what comes out of his mouth. Since new things are always "popping" out of his mouth-that he didn't hear at home! For over a year, at approx. 8pm every night, He'd call out "Boo Bear". I had no idea why until my brother in law was at my house and heard him calling "BooBear". Boo Bear was a dog my brother in laws-father had when Buddy was a baby! His new phrase for this week, "That's enough-You better behave". He's in his rebellious/teenage years and reminds me of this daily with his "whatever, shut up and spoiled brat"! I recently began fostering a handicapped (one leg) female Green Wing, who supposedly only said "I love you" and "Hello"...whether her owner (tsfrd. overseas for military duty) didn't know, or Buddy has had an influence...within the short 3 weeks she's been with us, I have heard her say many of the same phrases and words as him. I'm worried about him being a bad influence on her and the four letter words will start coming out soon. lol My buddy is a spoiled, bratty, narcicist and I wouldn't trade him for the world! When both my cats (a year apart) were losing their battles with cancer, Buddy would go stand next to them and just gaze at them. It was as though he was trying to comfort them in some way. Prior to them getting sick, he never gave a care in the world about those cats. Didn't even acknowledge their existence. After they both passed to kitty heaven, he didn't speak for several days. I think he was grieving or allowing me to do so.
I can't ever imagine beginning my day without hearing, "Goin to work-crappy work-hurry up"...and ending my day with kisses, "I love you-see you in the morning".

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  • Micheal - 2012-01-09
    Woah nelly, how about them appels!
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thomas mc manus - 2011-11-01
Hi could you tell me if hahns macaws roost in the box or is it a sign they are going to go down ?? thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-01
    Not sure what you mean by your question. Yes, sometimes a macaw will roost or sleep in their nest box. More the smaller macaws than the larger ones. I don't know what you mean
    'to go down?.
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-11-02
    I kept and bred their close relative, the Severe Macaw, for many years. They always roosted in their nest box at night, so I imagine the Hahns may also.

    It's good you're keeping an eye on your Hahns behavior. When I noticed something like a change in roosting habits, I would also keep a close watch for other indications of illness. Check out the list of potential signs in the article above, it can help!
  • andy - 2011-12-15
    I've bred these lovely noisey nosey birds for the past ten years. I couldnt say if they roost in the nest box at night but they were always around the box. the male used to sit on the perch and the female sat on the top. One or the other used to go into the box during the day. Once eggs had been laid the male sat by the entrance to the nest and she sat very well. I've recently lost my male and I'm looking for another must be 5 years old plus. with a dna cert and close rung if you know of anyone will buy of them and let them have 1st baby off the 1st clutch
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Tamera Gibson - 2011-10-10
I have had my Blue and Gold for 3 years now and just recently she is continually trying to "mate" with me - she is constantly "mating" with the bars on the cage putting her privates through the bars and protruding it out. She is also spending a lot of time at the bottom of her cage and she has shredded her liners as if she is nesting. My question is; is this normal and should I encourage it by giving her bedding and nesting materials?

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  • hector - 2012-01-03
    It depends if you want her to breed yes yes this is normal but then she will become very aggressive no matter how calm she is just know all your hard work and training will be lost and very hard to regain and will just be come a cage bird and not a companion. To stop this limit day light in the morning keep her away from dark small boxes to hide and when she seems to try to make get her focus away from breeding if she lays eggs leave them there for about 1-2 months so she sees there not fertile and she stops laying more eggs because if you take them away she will try to breed again and try pre-shredded liner to see if she only wants to play and not make a nest
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Hannah - 2006-12-04
I own a Scarlet Macaw named Sander, a Blue and Gold Macaw named Lucas, and a Hyacinth Macaw named Jackson. Although hyacinths are great birds, they certainly are not easy to care for. He screeches a high-pitched scream to wake me and he demands attention throughout the day. His beak is very strong and he has broken through many locks, cages, and antique furniture (but I'm thankful he's never used this beak strength against me). On the positive side, he is gentle, laid back, and very devoted to his family.
Although he a gorgeous, sweet, and loving macaw, these enormous parrots are not for everyone.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-26
    Hyacinths are known and called the Gentle Giants. I have had several over a whole lot of years and they all got along with everyone. My Hy now somehow talks my conure into loosening the lock on his cage and the conure goes in and sits next to the Hy. I had one Hy that was absolutely terrified of a little white belly caique. Eclectus are way more agressive - just by nature. In the wild the female is so territorial of her nest she will often kill another female. Many males will compete for a female in the wild and she will only choose one. Hyacinths are just not agressive as they have no natural predators. You are getting an older one and his companion has just died. You need to go slow and allow your new friend (Hyacinth) to adjust to you. They are gentle souls and they may look big to us but we are really big to them. Just go slow and they love talking to you, funny things like just going up and down and singing. Mine have all been big nut eaters so I do the nuts plus pellets - best to stay on the diet she is used to for awhile. As far as meeting her several times at her location and then moving her to yours. It doesn't make a difference. She is going to take a few weeks to get used to you and her new location and yes you will need a large cage and a perch. They are loving, like attention, affectionate and gentle souls.
  • Jerry - 2011-12-26
    I may be inheriting a 14 year old female hyacinth. I already own a pair of eclectus parrots who are very good birds and I frequently take my menagerie to schools for outreach presentations. How well does the hyacinth travel (in a car)/sky kennel. How jealous are they of other birds? If selected to inherit her I believe I need to go to where she is and to be there for a couple of days just for her to see me and show me what she thinks of me. Am I wrong for thinking this way? Is it best for older hyacinths to pick out their owners? Her original owner just died and I'm sure she is missing and mournig the loss. Any ideas you have would be well appreciated. PS I habe 2 large cages for my eckies and let them wander back and forth-they are not destructive at this point. But thinking I'll need to get a very heavy duty large cage and then an open hanging branch when the bird is out of the cage.

    Budget per month you estimate spending on your hyacinth is: $

    Thank you!

    Jerry

    http://zoocrewkids.blogspot.com/ is my blog site-I'm retired and just work with animals and kids.
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Stephanie - 2011-02-11
I was wanting to know what a cross between a Catalina and a Blue and gold would be called. And does anyone have pictures? Thanks so much!

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  • LeeAnne - 2011-12-12
    It is called a Catablue Macaw.

    http://www.floridabirdswholesale.com/images/birds/catablu-macaws-lg.jpg

    Here is a link to a picture.
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