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Anita - 2010-03-10
My husband and I adopted a 4 year old Severe from a pet store 1 1/2 years ago. We were told it's a girl but she says,"Hi Bubba" all the time. We renamed her Bella and she can talk very well but she refuses to say Bella. I initially thought we made a big mistake and never in a million years did I think we would own a Macaw. She would run to the back of the cage away from me and wanted nothing to do with us. She was very nippy and un- predictable. She is now the love of my life and the sunshine of my day. We also have an African Cape that I adore and raised from age 4 months but the personality and affection of a Severe tops it all. She went from running scared to never leaving me alone. She will march through the house looking for us with her sister (our Cape named Gabby) behind her. I can now wrap my arm around her to hug and kiss her and she loves it and just melts. She throws herself on her back while laying in my arms to play. It took about 9 months to gain her trust by taking it a step at a time and now she loves all of us. We were told she was raised by a male so she favored my husband at first but now she loves my daughter and I'm her favorite. Love and time made our Bella the love of my life and our lives.

Mark - 2010-02-28
I have a two year old Severe named Jade and I absolutely adore her. She is very sweet and cuddly. She can be a little nippy at times and has drawn blood, but with minimal training I have gotten her out of it. She loves to be on my shoulder and will groom me and she loves to clean my ears for some reason, LOL. She is a really great talker, and loves to whistle as well. She says a lot of things including; Hello, Pretty Girl, Good boy: talking about the dog, and many more things. I would recommend this breed of bird to anyone who is looking.

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  • Debbie - 2010-03-06
    Hi Mark... I just got a Severe Macaw, she is about 4-5 yrs old and we are working with her.. She was suppose to be a hand fed baby but with the previous owners had her in with other parrots and now we are trying to get her back to be that tame baby. We see she can be nippy at times but you said you got her out of that stage.. Do you have any hints? Several years ago I had a Goffin Cockatoo and there is a big difference in learning to deal with these parrots verses them. Look forward to hearing from you. Debbie
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Letty - 2010-01-25
Hello all. Well I'm getting a male B&G, he is 7 months old and was weaned by the person I'm buying from. My question is I'm wondering if once I bring him home will he consider me as his mommie/owner. Will he still be considered as a young/baby that will be allow me to handle him or will I have to work with him. Is this still an age where they consider you their mommie, or will he already be use to this breeder and I will have to work with him and train him to trust me.

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  • Mike Hodges - 2010-03-03
    All birds require some time investment and some work for them to trust you. Trust is the key word. Being a young bird, in a very short time, with a little love and some time investment, it won't be long before your B&G will be your best pal. Half the time mine follows me around like a puppy. It's pathetic...but we love him and wouldn't trade him for anything. You'll be glad you invested the time later on. Good luck.
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Susan - 2009-12-18
I think this is one of the prettiest hybrids-it looks like a lacewing or a pearl wing with the varigated red in the colours. Keep posting new pics!

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chris Biro - 2009-11-22
I have been freeflying Blue Throat Macaws for several years now. They are wonderful flyers and I think if raised correctly make wonderful pets. Ours are quite cuddly and affectionate and often fly down to us to snuggle or to get a peanut. They spend most of their days loose outside flying around our property. On Youtube we have videos of them and other macaws flying on a windy day over a large canyon and valley in Moab, Utah. Chris Biro

Connie Vasquez - 2009-11-10
I don't know how many see this site, but I just wanted to share a story about Tika, my BTM. She accidentally got loose and went missing. She was just a baby and had not yet mastered flight. The wind was blowing hard and she could not figure out how to descend. When she flew out of sight my heart broke. Since she is a critically endangered species, the local newspaper and news channel spread her story to the community. We searched endlessly for her and the out pouring of friends, family, and community support was heart warming. After five days, our hope of recovering her turned into relentless grief. But then, a miracle happened. a stranger was watching his grandchildren play outside when he heard Tika screaming overhead. He looked up and spotted Tika who was being chased by two large hawks. Tika took refuge in a small oak tree nearby. He spoke softly and called to her, enticing her with an apple he had been eating. Out of desperation, she landed on his shoulder and began ravenously consuming the apple. He took her inside and called our number, and we were reunited!!! It seemed like a miracle! Tika was so weak she could barely stand, but she recovered fully. In tracking her travels (our sightings and others) we figured she went approximately 40 miles. NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY... our breeder put us in touch with Dave & Jaime Womach, professional bird trainers. They encouraged us not to clip Tika's wings, but to teach her recall flight training instead. We wanted Tika to enjoy being a bird and to be healthy and happy physically and mentally. We were hopeful and terrified at the same time, but we signed up for the expeience. We worked with Tika daily, increasing our bond tremendously. This October (2009) we joined the Womachs and others in Moab, Utah, and we free flighted our birds. It was beautiful, amazing, and our hearts were filled with joy to watch these magnificent creatures fly across canyons, play in the wind, and be free. Mind you, this is only something I would recommend under the strict guidelines of a trained professional, but our experience could not have been better. Tika now free flights with us in our home state of California (being very mindful to take all safety precautions of course). But, I really wanted to share this story because it is not just a story about Tika, but a special testimant of how amazing the BTM's and really, all parrots species in general can truly be.

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Len - 2009-10-27
I also have a Miligold Macaw named Jade. She is approxiamtely 8 months old and is by far my sweetest bird. She loves to be held and cuddled and she too likes to lay on her back and be tickled on her tummy. She loves anyone that will give her attention. When she is out of her cage and I leave the room, many times she will jump down and follow me down the hall. If you want a very affectionate bird, then a Miligold is for you!

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Katie - 2009-10-04
I recently got a 'rehomed' Harlequin named Bailey, after he was given up due to the economic situation. Seems this is happening more and more, sadly. I was lucky to be there at the right time as a local rescue did not have room for him and I was willing to give him the large cage and other amenities he needs to live happily. I've had him 3 months now, and it's been very interesting and fun to get to know him. I also have a rescued African Grey who has had a very difficult time adjusting, he was in the rescue for several years after being given up. Bailey has done wonders for the African grey who now vies for the attention he sees Bailey getting. They talk back and forth when I am not in the room and seem to enjoy one another. My personal approach to a relinquished bird is to feed them, spritz them, take the cage outside and let them get some sun and air, speak to them, whistle, sing and generally pass the time with them but not to touch them or otherwise put my hands in their face except to give them treats until they start coming to me. Once Bailey was settled in and not relieving his stress by crushing up a large multi level wooden block toy every week, he started coming out of his cage to see me little by little. He WILL NOT step up. Nothing I do will get him to step up so far, but he is to the point he puts one foot gingerly on my arm. Little by little, he is hanging upside down when I open the cage and grooming my sleeve feathers, he rubs his beak on my arm and will let me scritch him till he closes his eyes in ecstasy. Today, he showed me his wings one at a time by stretching a foot back and extending the wing over it. Then he dunked his head in his water dish over and over and shook water all over the place when I said I had to go to work. He says "Hi Bawee" and tells my dogs to shut up when they bark, and tries very hard to mimic me when I speak to him, he mouths and sounds out what he hears all the time. He dances when he hears music he likes (Margaritaville is a fave) but he can be evil if not babied a bit before the actual approach. I find if I talk to him sweetly for a few minutes, he comes running out and is in the mood to be companionable. If I rush it, his eyes pinpoint like crazy and he can be a little pisspot, at which point I generally leave him alone for a while and then try again. He has called me MOM! or screamed several times when I've walked away from him.

I was dismayed to read on another site that a Harlequin or any hybrid should not bred and that the site owner would not buy one or otherwise own one. I can't imagine this combination hasn't occurred in the wild a time or two naturally! Strange things do happen in the wild. I honestly think this guy is full of it, and dead wrong. And once they are here, they deserve to be well cared for and enjoyed.So far, from my experience I think a Harlequin is a wonderful, smart and enjoyable pet - but does require the same kind of time, care and patience one would give to a toddler. The same kind of safety, feeding, medical and long term housing considerations have to be made in a home to allow one of these magnificent pets to live happily in confinement. I have a very large room on the upper level of my house that would allow Bawee to fly should he want to - so far when he has been up there it's been enough to look at the view, he has not tried to fly - altho I did think he was bouncing around and looking at the curtain rods like he was thinking of going up there and I was willing to allow it just to see him do it. But as I said, this is a new relationship, altho I hope a very very long one. I am lucky to have had large bird experience babysitting a neighbor's blue and gold macaw over the years, and have wanted a macaw for a LONG time. By getting involved with a rescue and by being willing to deal with some behavioral issues, I have been very very fortunate to now have my sweet Bawee buddy. And I may have listened to too many popular songs, but with pets I have found in dogs, cats and now birds that a lot of love and compassion - tempered with some facts about the animal's needs - is about all it really takes to mend their trust and build a life together.

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john - 2009-09-23
Bama sez "Hi There". Just an update on my life with my Greenwing Macaw Bama. He and I are doing great and enjoying life. I have learned a lot from him over the past year. Training has been on going and fun for both of us most of the time. I have been blessed with a mild mannered guy who takes most everything in stride. If you read my post below from a year ago you know of my two chocolate labs Ty and JJ. Bama gets along well with both and they have taken to taking food from Bama. In the beginning Bama would drop half of everything he ate. Well as you can guess it didn't take long for two starving labs to figure that out, LOL. Now both Ty and JJ will sit and wait for Bama to feed them snacks from his meal. Bama has a varied diet of his peleted food along with fruit and veggies and what ever I am having. So all three of them can't wait for meal times. Ty is the bravest of the two dogs and will lick Bama's beak clean which stimulates Bama's feed instinct I think. Seeing them share spaghetti like Lady and Tramp is hysterical. Hope you enjoy this GWM true story.

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Dina Richter - 2009-08-27
It's been almost 3years since I brought Maxie Macaw into my home. I remember asking everyone when will she start to really love me and let me pet her....
I was told that birds can take a long time, not weeks, or months; but sometimes years.
It seemed like an eternity; but here we are just 2 months shy of 3 years,.....and
Yes,...Finally I can say that Maxie Loves me as much as I love her. I was on a reclining chair and she climbed onto my stomach, walked up my chest to my face where she started kissing me, while I caressed her body. It was worth waiting for.
She is a one in a million bird....and we love each other more everyday!


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