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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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Jennifer - 2008-12-23
I have a 5 yr old gold/yellow macaw bird. I have had him for 3 yrs and he has been acting weird the last few days and don't know what he is doing or feeling or whats the matter with him. Let me tell you what he is doing. He (Oliver) sits in his swing and puts his butt up in the air and makes these weird sounds that I can't describe. Oliver is constantly wanting my finger to put between his beek and he goes back and forth if this makes any sense. When I got this bird he was a very mean and disturbed bird but now my children and I can hold and cuddle to him. He seems pretty happy most of the time unless we have company, then he yells a lot like he doesn't like a crowd. But like I said lately he has been acting like something is bothering him and didn't know if someone could give me a heads up what he is needing. I have tried doing some research and it's a dead end for me, so please help. Thank you Jennifer/Oliver

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  • Bryan - 2012-02-05
    Jennifer,

    Feb 05, 2012

    From what you are describing about your Blue and Gold macaw, doing the beak thing by nibbling and chewing on your finger and making certain noises he is bonding to you. by playing along with him he will soon regurgitate his food back to you, DO NOT get offended or grossed out, they do this to thier female Bird mate in the wild.

    Sometimes though they will bite harder than they should and it might hurt you. it is important that you set boundries to this behavior early on before it starts to get out of hand, Macaws are very intelligent, sensitive and loving creatures and you have to set boundries, just be firm, speak positive you don't have to yell at them loudly just a gentile somewhat sharp spoken NO!

    My wife and I have owned our female B&G macaw for 25 years we are the 3rd owners of her and she will play the beak thing with both of us. as for the squawking when company comes over.
    Several things are going on here,

    First Macaws are social birds, meaning they crave interaction with the family/crowd and or the flock, so make sure your bird is at or near where you and your friends are as they are extremely curious and very much like being the center of attention.

    Just rememeber on important thing!!! they are creatures of habit, if you start something and especially if they like if theylike it or get accustomed to it WILL demand it, and they seem to have super accurate clocks built into thier brains,our macaw demands her peanuts given to her at exactly 7:30 in the morning, this is the time my wife leaves for work in the morning, if she does not get them on time she will scream for them. this can be most annoying to us.

    They also crave attention and could be jealous of NOT getting any attention since you are paying attention to you friends or guests. so they scream for attention.

    A word of Caution if you bring your Macaw close to the action with your other guests and the bird is loose (outside its cage) on a open pertch monitor it closely so it does not lunge at you or guests out of jealously. Also NEVER EVER tease a Macaw as they have bad tempers and can easily hurt you or someone else.

    Also you should strongly caution your guests not to poke at your bird or provoke him or touch or pet him without your supervision or presence.
    thier beaks are large and powerful and they can inflict serious injury to you or anyone else. Sometimes they will bite without any warning or provocation
    and it will take you years of bonding and reading of your birds body language, they also read our body language and voice inflections as well, sometime they misinterpret our intentions and can become aggressive to you or others and we are left wandering what happened, what did I do?

    If you leave the birds immediate sight it might take flight or jump off it's perch out of fear from not being comfortable with your new unfamilar guests and if he has already bonded with you, he will not want you to seperate from him, Macaws mate and bond for life with thier choosen mate both out in the wild and in captivity, if they do not have a bird for a mate, Guess what??? they will choose their human care taker for their lifelong mate.

    All things aside, they are wonderful creatures and my wife and I continue to have many great moments with our Macaw, and our African Grey whom is Just way too Smart for his Britches (Grey Feathers) we both find ourselves having short meaninful conversations with our grey he answers us back with just the right words many times sentences at the right time with the proper tone and inflections if you were in the other room you would think you are talking to a human person. by the way our gray does the beak thing with me only since he has bonded with me, but my wife can stil do toher things with him I can't.

    Both of them may just outlive the both of us.

    Hope this helps you

    Bryan
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Randy Lykins - 2011-11-15
I have what you call a buffwing. The female is aprox. 7-8 years. Looks a lot like the picture however I was told she is a butterscotch macaw. Could you help clear this up?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-16
    I have never heard of a Butterscotch Macaw. Who told you this, was it a previous owner or someone at a pet store or breeding facility? I would guess that she is actually a Buffwing Macaw, simply because I have never heard of a Butterscotch Macaw.
  • Martin Alain - 2012-01-31
    The Buff wing Macaw is one of the largest Macaws. It is a hybrid cross of the Green Wing and the Buffon.

    We have a Buff wing and it easily rivals the king of macaws (Hyacinth) in size.

    The Buff wing is extremely socialable and outgoing (Green wing trait). You do need to ensure that this bird knows thay you are the boss (step up and step down commands)

    These birds make excellent talkers and are easily trained by their owners. Lots of socialization and out of cage time is what is required.
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Mickey - 2006-10-07
We have a maui sunset, and I wouldn't mind seeing/swapping pics of others to see the different variations in colors. Right now we're pretty clueless as to how Halyn will end up, and would love to see some more adult birds aside from the beautiful Mariah on this page, who I would like to see more pics of as well if anyone knows how to contact these people. Email is visionteacher at gmail dot com.

~Mickey

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  • Roxanne Rogers - 2012-01-25
    Where did you purchase Uno? Can you give me the name of a breeder?
    I've been looking for this type of macaw with no luck.

    Thank you
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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.

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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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