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Barbara Foster - 2013-01-29
I have a problem with my Macaw Izzy. Her poop has turned really loose and runny. Doesn't seem to be food related. She eats ZuPreem Fruitblend for large birds. She has never done this before. She is four years old and very healthy. She is a happy bird and she talks a lot. She can get loud but nothing out of the ordinary. Any suggestions on what I need to do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    Sounds like Izzy is a wonderful bird, and a great companion too. Your concerns are not uncommon, the most common causes for loose stools in parrots are an overgrowth of either bacteria or yeast. Another is a parasite known as giardia and there are others too, but these are by far the most common.



    Of course the best bet is to take a fresh stool sample to an avian vet to help determine the cause. However initially something that you can try that won't harm your bird is to mix a probiotic like Bene Bac (which you can get from any bird store or large pet store) in with its food. This will help you put 'good' bacteria back into the GI tract, and can often eliminate any 'bad' bacteria at the same time. If the problem clears up (observe the stools for 1-2 weeks) then you're good, if not then an examination by a vet is in order.
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Joyce Zampieri - 2013-01-31
Does any one know what a flame and a blue and gold would make ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    Well, a Flame Macaw is a second generation macaw (F2). If you cross that with a Blue and Gold, then you will have a 3rd generation macaw (F3). These multigenerational birds could be designated something like this: Flame Macaw (Green-winged Macaw x Catalina Macaw (Scarlet Macaw crossed x Blue and Gold Macaw)) x Blue and Gold Macaw.



    You can learn more about them in the sections on their breeding, and characteristics here, Hybrid macaws,.
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weko - 2012-09-10
Is there any method you can use to stop a B&G macaw of screaming /?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-10
    Let them watch TV - Surfs Up, Rio   cartoons withmusic - they do watch it.  Intelligence of a 3 year old (possibly higher0 and they like entetainment.  That usually works.  Also, locatin of the cage should be near the flock (you are the flock).
  • weko - 2012-09-11
    So you think it's a good idea to get a macaw to my flat ? I already have a DYH amazon and screaming won't be a problem hopefully whats your point of view ?
  • Lynn - 2013-01-25
    When ours does this I will cover her cage with a sheet. Not only does she stop, but she also says 'hush' as I'm putting the cover on her cage. Does it only scream when it can't see you, and do you go to the cage when it screams? If so, it has learned that by screaming it will get your attention.
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Catherine G - 2013-01-17
We have a 10 year old B&G macaw, he's been with us for about 9 years now. He has become ill over the past 2 weeks and we cannot figure out what is going on with him. It began with some behavioral changes: less active, sleeping more, just sitting on his perch not doing much. Then he began vomiting quite often, and I noticed his weight felt different. We took him to the vet today and he's lost 1/3 of his body weight. He now just seems listless and weak, he just sits on my arm, leans against me and sets his beak on my shoulder. He just sits there with his eyes closed, or he's got his head turned around and tucked into his feathers on his back. His stools haven't changed, and when he vomits he brings up a lot of mucus. I haven't noticed any blood in his vomit or stool. We're very worried about him and trying to figure out what is going on. Nothing in the environment has changed recently except that we had new windows and doors put in our home. We moved him and his cage into a room where he could stay warm and not get exposed to any of the work that was being done. Any insight would be appreciated, he's my baby and I'm so worried about him! Thank you!

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  • Catherine G - 2013-01-23
    Our beautiful Harley passed away this past monday. He had a crop infection that we did not know about until it was too late. We had taken him to the vet and they could not find anything wrong with him. Early monday morning we took him to the emergency room and they said he had a large bacterial infection throughout his gut. They tried to clean the excess mucus from his crop, however he was just too weak and died right after they took out the tube. We are so distraught and heartbroken it is hard to do much of anything. He was our baby. I wish that it had been caught sooner. He was only 10 years old, and we were looking forward to having him for the rest of our lives. Our home is not the same anymore without him.
  • Lynn - 2013-01-25
    Catherine, Did your vet run any blood test on him? Our 25 year old female became egg bound about 8 months ago and became very ill. When I took her to our vet she ran several blood test on her that check for illness that effect birds. Does your vet specialize in birds? If not you need to find one, it made all the difference in the world with ours. Our baby had to have surgery to remove the egg, and she stayed for about 3 days at the vets office. My friends thought I was nuts because not only did it cost us dearly but I would go and visit her every day, and it just broke my heart not to bring her home. I think it cost us about $300.00 for all the blood test but like i said it does check for all illness common to birds.
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feathers - 2013-01-18
Keep the breeds pure!

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  • feathers - 2013-01-18
    PS. WAY too many in rescues etc. who need homes now. Breeders are only for profit.
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Gypsysmom/susi - 2003-09-06
This bird looks very close to my girl however my Gypsy has blk and red in her face and yes she is the bird of many colors!!!!you have a beautiful bird thank you for sharing with me


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  • Sabrina Berchtold - 2013-01-17
    hi susi! i have several shamrocks, and the feathers in their face can be both black or/and red,and they can change with time. So your gypsy may very vell be a shamrock
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Anonymous - 2013-01-15
I have owned a maui Sunrise Macaw for about 2 years, He/ she (we prefer he) is a wonderfull pet. We have raised him from a baby, hand fed him and weaned him. He reminds us of a kitten, he is very affectionate, loves to snuggle and willingly turns over to have his belly scratched and his feet tickled. We have recently introduced him to another 2 1/2 year old Macaw and they get along fine at the moment. I would recommend this hybrid as a pet if you have the time to devote

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    What a great pet, its nice to hear about such a good natured and well loved macaw. And its great that you have gotten a companion for him too. That's a super home you are providing for these two:)
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Matt - 2011-11-11
I am about to get my very first severe macaw, he is 5 months old and I've decided to name him Mojo. I was just wondering if anyone has any advice on this type of bird and its needs? He is very friendly to me and doesn't seem to mind my wife too much. I had an african grey in the past and he was very much a one person bird, he would fly and attack people that talked to me, almost seeming to be jealous of my interactions with anyone that wasn't himself. I was told the severe macaw is a very social breed of parrot and that they make great family pets. I'm in this for the long haul so any advice is welcome. Peace love and crackers!

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  • Tamee - 2011-11-18
    I have a Severe Macaw. I inherited her 6 years ago. She is 35 years old. Well we think she is 35 anyway. She was caught in the wild and was bought just out of quarantine.
    I just read on Wikipedia that the Severe Macaw got it name Severe because once they reach puberty they are not so sweet.
    Well that can be true. Mandy Lynn can be sweet as punch then in the next few minutes a real bitch. That is just who she is and I love her anyway.

    Be sure to socialize your bird while it is young. Socialize socialize socialize I cannot emphasize that enough. Get him one of those little bird leashes if you are unsure of his safety in the open.

    Mandy never socialized and is scared of everything and everyone except Me and my boyfriend. When she is on my shoulder no one better touch her not even my boyfriend even though she will roll over coo and let him pick her up cupped in his hands. A feat I was only able to do with her in the past.

    She is messy and no your cage will not contain the mess just know you will be cleaning up after your bird daily and taking the cage out for a hosing about once a week.

    DO NOT FEED your bird a diet high in nuts. I just found that out. Mandy has spent her whole captivity eating mainly cashews. Now she is severely Vitamin A deficient and no longer has the little natural barbs in her mouth that help hod her food so she can swallow it.

    I did not know until she just recently started feather plucking. Something they do when they are ill. Or if they don't get enough attention. Nuts should only be given as treats. I am not sure how often. I have just stopped giving them to her.

    Now I get up every morning give her her medicine on a piece of bread for her feather plucking. Then I give her yogurt with her vitamins in it. She loves that. I feed her Harrisons. I am feeding her the Harrisons that you would start your little guy on because the vet said she needs the extra nutrients for now.

    Not all the tests are back so she could still have some issues to deal with. He liver is very enlarged. So she does not have the lung capacity she should. Her original owner was a chain smoker that smoked in her vicinity her whole life. She actually lived with him on a boat for 11 years. Close quarters.

    I also would definitely build him an aviary in your back yard. One big enough for him to fly. I hate to think that my bird has given up its greatest natural gift to be my pet.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-18
    Severe macaws can make a wonderful family pet - they learn who does what the best and go there. Maybe your spouse gives him a treat or your daughter pets his head the best etc. They are normally quite comfortable and affectionate with the family. Unl;ess socialized and out a lot meeting other people, they have a tendency to be leery or afraid of new people. After they know them a few days they usually warm up. A grey almost always bonds to one person. They may tolerate others but will usually be jealous of their human mates interactions with other humans. Macaws are quite expressive in their body language and the little severe will train you and the other members of your family quite easily. Learn their language, interact and watch them. Have them where you are most frequently whether the kitchen or the TV room - on a perch - preferably separate from their cage. Start the basics right away such as 'up' when you pick him up. 'Kiss' when you kiss him on the top of the head. 'Foot' to shake hands etc. Put words with actions just like you would a child. They learn and they understand. I believe macaws go through stages like the lovable infant, the naughty twos and puberty. During molt or start of puberty - they can be pretty independent. It is just a stage -
  • Jo - 2013-01-15
    I have a Severe Macaw don't know the sex. I have had the parrot for about 7 year's. They like being out on a tree most of the day. Jade is very, very loud. They vocalize in the morning and in the evening. I also have a 20 year old african gray. She laid 2 egg's last year RT before she turned 20!! Good luck!
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LORA - 2012-11-08
I just got a neglected 10yr old hahns and I don't think he ever had a toy or a bath. Any suggestions how to get him to play and forage & bathe

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-08
    Bathing - now that is a hard one.  Some like it and some just do not.  Mine will only bathe when I am running the vacumn so creativity is good with this.  You can try spritzing or just make a game out of it by giving a treat at the kitchen sink and dripping water on her to et used to bathing.  Just get imaginative and try anything.  Playing - that is pretty easy.  Just take a towel and put it in your lap and introduce her to toys.  You can also take a towel and place on floor and put toys on the rug.  Toss posislce sticks.  Let her try and roll a toilet paper rolls.  Let her tear apart a cash register roll (bought at staples and real cheap).  Take a macaw toy apart and play with the Hahns with the pieces of the toy - as you would a child.  Let her get used to playing with you and she will start to learn to play by herself.  Hang toys on the outside of the cage if she is afraid until she is used to   it and then hang on the inside.  Playing is pretty easy - bathing is not ---   if she wants she can always bathe in her water bowl - messy but works.
  • Julie H. - 2013-01-05
    I got my Gabby when she was 5, from an abusive environment. New toys scare her. I hang them on the side of her cage for about 30 minutes before she goes to bed, so she can see them, then hang them in the cage just before I cover it for her sleep. She is nervous with the toys, but she wakes up and they are there, and she accepts it.......also, lots of patience.
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chris martin - 2012-02-27
I am considering adopting a severe. I have experience with birds having had a goffins cockatoo in the past.
Are severe macaws screamers? That is my most important question. I know that some birds call out in the morning and/or evening, but I don't want a bird that sits on its perch, inside or outside his cage, all the time.

Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-27
    A severe macaw can and will make a pretty big noise for a little guy. Yes, usually in the morning and as the sun sets but sometimes if they want out or attention. They are not, however, as vocal as a cockatoo and are more independent and wiling to play on their own.
  • dusty - 2012-08-29
    My severe is much noisier than either my goffin or mollucan...but I love the commotion...lol
  • Shellie - 2013-01-03
    I have a severe mini named Zoe, he is absolutely adorable. He is not a screamer, he makes sounds nothing annoying. I spend time with him everyday petting and rubbing under his wngs. He always fly to me and sit with me. I have taught him to give a kiss, flap his wings when I say show me your feathers. I bought him for my son but I'm the favorite one. Zoe is shy but once she gets use to someone she shares her love for them as well. Everyday around 4ish Zoe starts to speak and bark like the dog. I don't respond when she tries to get my attention everytime I walk by the cage. It takes time but they are easy to train, I've only had him since 12-14-2012. Good Luck!!!!
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