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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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Tommy VanVleet - 2012-12-28
I just got a blue and gold macaw. She's bout 10 years old with an awesome personality she plucks her feathers. She's been plucking her whole life and the owners tried almost everything. She's still a beautiful bird just won't leave her chest, legs, and tip of wing feathers alone...... The other problem I have with her is I don't know how to bond with her, she's was super sweet too me at her other owners house but now she's so skiddish around me, I can barely pick her up anymore. Am I doing somethin wrong??? Or does this just take time for our bond to be closer. And as for the feather plucking what should I do about that?? Need desperate help.!! I don't wanna lose her or have her hate me! Please help me!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-29
    It will take some time to get your macaw to become comfortable with you and its new home.  Parrots bond with their owners and become very withdrawn with that type of change.  You will just need to recreate a bond and earn the birds trust.  The plucking can be a number of things.  Can be stress or even the mix of foods.  I would get a vet that specializes in large birds give it a physical and look for medical reasons as well.  Good luck with your new friend.
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Belinda - 2006-02-25
Hello Greenwing lovers! I have a wonderful boy named Sebastian and he is the light of my day! I have only owned him 8 months, yet he is 4 yrs old. I am his second and last owner! I find it remarkable how smart he is. He not only talks, but sings and dances. If you love birds the greenwing is the way to go! But please remember before you buy...they are a lifetime commitment, not your life only, but theirs too. So stop and think what would happen to them if something happen to you? It's sad to see birds sent from home to home over and over again. So make your choice wisely, and if you choose to own a greenwing.... you won't be sorry. they will be your best friend for life!

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  • Anonymous - 2012-12-09
    Hi, Do you still have your greenwing, Sebastian? Where did you get him? I am thinking of getting a rescue macaw, and am looking into the Greenwings.
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Deborah Pearson - 2012-10-14
As you can see by my name, I am the owner of the pictured bird. That picture was one of the first I took after acquiring him. He was a rescue and totally unhandlable when I brought him home and named him BIRDIE. It took over a month of sitting in the same room and reading and spending time to finally get him out of the cage- another couple weeks of getting on the stick, then a couple weeks of walking around the house with him on the stick to move him to his day cage in the computer room. I had never had a macaw before and must say if Birdie is a 'usual' Ruby I highly recommend them. He is an only bird and does not and never has been a screamed. His day cage is in front of a sliding glass door and he will let out a startled squawk if a hawk swoops by and when home alone a few squawks at sunset but not the continual ear bleeding screams some macaws subject their owners to. His being a nonscreamer may be due to his being an only bird which means no other bird to scream to and we do not share our time with another bird. Whenever we are home his cage door is open and when he wants company will slide down the side of the cage and cruise over to climb up my leg to spend time. He has picked up quite a vocabulary as well as what we call bird 'Morse code' tapping. In the subsequent years since that picture was taken, he has transformed from an unhandlable pile of feathers to a friendly, easy to work with, wonderful pet both of us can handle. Just be prepared as there are a lot of people who fervently dislike cross-breeding any birds. While such an attitude is understandable as macaws are no longer imported so the pure breeding stock is limited, once the deed is done, giving the off-spring a good home is all that counts, and my Ruby has been a delight.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Thanks so much for sharing your story. Your bird is truly awesome. I love the  picture and its great to have you share your experience and history with this beautiful creature. How awesome, you've got a great bird!



    And thanks again Deborah, for sharing that picture. That was way back in 2004, and at that time you told us it was the first photo you took of him. You did a great job and Birdie's picture was the only example we had for several years. It has really helped to have Birdie's portrait for people to see what the Ruby Macaw looks like. So many, many thanks!
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