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bill - 2011-12-07
Could I keep a scarlet macaw, a blue and gold macaw, and a toco toucan together in a cage?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-08
    No - you definitely can not keep the Toca in with the macaws. Yoiu can keep the 2 macaws together but they will propbably pair bond and not be as tame for you as they should be. It is best to let all three have their own safe place and you will also have better pets. Tocos do not bite but they do punch if they get upset. As youngsters they would probably get along and if you cage is 25 X 50 feet - you can have them out together but I would kepp them in their own separate safe places.
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Stefan - 2011-12-07
okay so i just got a red front macaw and its still a baby 3 months old can it take it to friends houses??? 'of course without cats or dogs' but can i or will they freak out? in the pet shop he was very sweet and i know exactly what to feed and play time but can i take to friends house thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-07
    Sure you can take him anyplace you go - well at least any place I can think of. Remember though make sure he doesn't get cold. I would just take him in a large basket for right now with a towel (no snags) on the bottom or the basket. At 3 months it will probably just sit in there. Sounds odd but at just 3 months, I would ask your friends to wash their hands or take some baby wipes with you and hand them one. He is a little young and real doubtful that he would get anything but I was an over protective mom. Red fronts are great companions and the more socialized they are the more places you can take them. They usually love everybody. Enjoy your new one.
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Gina - 2011-11-15
Hi, We were given a green and red macaw and we are trying to get Pepper to stop plucking her feathers. What can we do for our beautiful pet? Thank you Keith & Gina.<><

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-17
    Plucking is probably the worst thing to try and stop - really hard. Things you can try are bathing the bird frequently by spraying it with aloe bird bath or just water. You can try bathing him in the kitchen sink with the sprayer or some even use the shower. Lots of toys and things to chew on. Paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, toys made from a 2 X 4 (untreated). Lots of stimulation and out time. TV cartoons or tapes like Happy Feet, Surfs Up, RIO - believe it or not they do watch. Some try a collar which will prevent the bird from plucking. It works for some and just scares the others. I'd do a collar as a last resort- The more attention, stimulation and activity - the less likely he is to pluck. No ones fault - and it is hard to stop.
  • Annie - 2011-11-29
    I think they usually do that when they are bored. How long have you had her? You have to provide a lot of stimulating toys, safe for parrots, of course. You have to spend a lot of time with them too. We were just practically given a Green Winged named Salsa with an injured foot this past week. She gets bored being in the cage so we let her out and spend time petting her and hand feeding her. Remember in the wild they spend the day looking for food and exploring so they really need to be stimulated. I have only had parakeets and Jenday/Black Capped Conures before so I am kind of new to the Mccaws and learning like you. You might want to join a parrot group online. One group I love is http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/conure-lovers/
    I joined a while ago and I have gained so much knowledge from the members. Much more knowledge then I have. It isn't just for Conures. Anyone who has a love for parrots can join or even if you just want to research owning a bird. I am also looking for a parrot group where I live also to look for more info on vet care, feeding, etc. My vet is good but I am looking for a specialist to look at her foot. She seems to get around fine but want to see what else we can do for her. The foot was broken before and never set so it has healed weird. Just having Salsa for a few days, we can't believe how calm and affectionate she is. She loves to be petted and played with. One thing she loves are the nuts in the shells instead having the nuts served. I hide them around the house and she hunts for them. Kind of messy but worth the effort because it's fun to watch her. She loves to walk on the floor which amazed me.
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david - 2011-11-18
Can they be taught to sit on your shoulder? I ride horses often, so I am also wondering if a typical example of this species would tolerate a horse back ride? Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-19
    I knew a gal who took her Blue Gold horseback riding but I don't remember whether the B/G rode on front of the saddle or on her shoulder. I am not sure I asked. I have seen B/G on the front of motorcycles riding behind a wind visor on a perch behind the handlebars. Mine rode just fine in a parrot car seat perch in the front seat. I would definitely get the B/G used to a parrot harness though. I don't know honestly how I feel about this but the ones I have seen on motorcycles truly seem to love it. Just go slow, be very careful and listen to your little guy.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-19
    Whoops missed the easier question. It is hard to keep a macaw OFF your shoulder. It is their favorite place to sit. Many feel/believe that a parrot should not be allowed to sit on a persons shoulder as possibly would nip the face. I have sat on my humans shoulder for over 27 years and it would never occur to me to nip her in the face. Depends on the training/socialization/personlity of the bird. My humans macaw also rides around on her shoulder and the macaw is a big one.
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laura - 2011-11-04
...any advise for EISA and me? EISA hatched on Christmas Eve 1989 and I bought him from the breeder 3 months later. Very sweet and intelligant bird, buddy until finally got out of L.A. Was always scitzee but not dangerous. Gave kisses, good talker but small vocab. NOW, 3 years after long ,hard move ,but beautiful , larger new cage (he now loves), I can no longer handle him. Still tells me he loves me when he is in a good mood but has severly bitten me now 5 times and he was never a biter. I think he hates me. I weened him! WHAT CAN I DO??? HE CAN'T BE TRUSTED.HEART BROKEN !!!! HELP !!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-05
    Don't give up. Macaws and pretty much all parrots (and humans) go through moods. My friend (a macaw) just had a lousy mood for over 3 months but she is fine now. She went though a bad molt. I doubt you Eisa hates you but possibly just needs some alone time. You should be able to tell her modd by her body language. If that foot comes straight out - as if going to push you - then she doesn't wish to be bothered. If the foot come down then she wants UP. If fluffy and leaning toward you then lovey and if head down wings out - leave alone. Watch your Eisa and you should be able to tell by her body language her mood. She is like a child who is all grown up now and has its own personality. Still loves mom but assertive and independent. They usually revert back to NORMAL so just watch her body language.
  • Liz - 2011-11-07
    I agree with the previous poster, watch for body language. I haven't had this experience yet but I have only had mine for about a year now. My Vet also warned me to watch for behavior like that during mating season.
  • laura - 2011-11-09
    Dear Charlie and Liz, Thank you so very much for your replies. Charlie - The seeds you planted made me really contemplate Eisa's disposition. I have really started changing my tactics and remembering what you said about body language and responses from Eisa. I am so pleased to tell you that in just these few days, I am seeing a change. Eisa is very intelligent, and I know he really wants things to work out again. Thank you so much for your help. I'll let you know how things improve in the future, as I know they will. My best to you both, and your birds. Laura and Eisa.
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Lewis - 2011-11-03
Hi I Am thinking of getting a parrot. But I don't know what one to get, either a severe macaw or an African grey. I really want one but I am only allowed to have one, could anyone help me as to what parrot I should get????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-03
    They are both good choices but way far different in personalities and type of companion. A severe macaw will say a few words but mostly is very expressive with body language - especially his foot (honest). They will be comfortable wherever you go and with whatever enviornment you are in. You can take them to your friends house, etc. They travel easy and will adapt easily to a harness if you want to take them to the park or for a ride in a car. They usually get along with most people - especially all those that are a constant in the home or frequent visitor. They might like you best but are usually fine with all people, places, noices, commotion, quiet, toys, alone time and lots of play. More socialization than the friendly they are with all people. A grey is almost always a one person bird and will tolerate others but sure not like them much. They do not like commotion, loud noises, traffic, kids going in and out. They like attention from their human and require much attention and stimulation or they will pluck and most pluck. They will not adapt to different enviornments, and do not like change. They are excellent speakers and quite clear but it takes a lot of patience and teaching to have them talk. Amazons don't speak as clearly but they usually have some sounds going on. So you have severe that you can hold, play with, cuddle, have around other people and take out and will be OK on his own playing but will love playing with you and learning. Or you have a grey - which you will be able to pet but probably no one else can. A grey is the ruler and he wants peace and quiet and will not like change. They require much stimulation. People who are at home, quiet home, absolutely adore their greys - to the best of my knowledge. People who are active, go out, have friends over or young children running in and out etc and can't devote a lot of time - a grey probably won't work regarding lifestyle.
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Norm's Hawaii - 2011-11-02
Thank You! I LOVE Severes and have worked with 2 in years with parrots. That SURE DO have a personality! VERY Endearing !! ♥♥

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-03
    They make great companions.
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Liz - 2011-11-02
We have been the third home for our Shamrock, and will be his last. Camelot truly has a fantastic personality and great attitude. Fantastic talker, has a HUGE vocabulary. I would recommend a shamrock macaw to anyone. He is the light of my life (next to my cockatoo) and I look forward to owning another one in the future. Truly a great mix of each parent macaws traits.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-02
    So glad you are enjoying.
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Ashley - 2010-05-18
I am about to get a severe, well he's already mine I'm just waiting for my friend to come around and give me a ride because his cage is so big I need a larger vehicle to fit it in. He's very comical though, very good talker too, oh by the way his name is Chester. He loves to talk and doesn't need very much time to learn how to pronounce words, I think he's about 23. So hes even older than me haha, he doesn't like boys tho, really I've heard he doesn't like very many people but the last few times I've been going to see him, he won't try to bite me or do the things he does when he gets angry (he bites his foot when someone's too close to him) but when I talk to him he just climbs out of his cage and wants to get real close to my face and pretty much repeat everything I say. It's soo cute!

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  • alex - 2010-05-28
    Oh hi do they talk real good cause I'm going to get one do you think if I buy one that talks already and when I get him do you think he'll still talk thanks please get back.
  • Dotti - 2010-07-30
    Where did you find your Severe Macaw I live in Georgia and don't know how to find this type of Macaw.
  • Mayda - 2011-10-19
    Dotti, my name is Mayda and I live in Tampa, Fl. I'm getting one in the spring when they breed again, the place I'm getting it from, is called Everything birds. Look them up on line and call and ask for Linda, they will take it to you or ship it to you. I would get a baby and hand feed it yourself. You can trust them, they are great.
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Claire - 2011-10-09
My Blue and Gold Macaw's beak has become very long and it needs to be trimmed. What causes the growth of the beak? What is used to file down?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-10-09
    A Blue and Gold Macaw's (Ara ararauna) beak will continue to grow throughout its life (similar to the way our fingernails continuously grow). It is a good idea in general to provide your macaw with a mineral block or lava block (purchased at pet stores) that it can regularly use to keep its beak trim and in shape. However, if it becomes too long and needs to be trimmed, you may want to bring it into a pet store or into your vet to have it trimmed. They will have more experience and will help you trim it. For more information, you can read the general Macaw Care page.
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