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The beautiful Blue and Gold Macaw is a champion of large Macaws in color and personality!
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My Macaw Busbee is 38 years old, and seems to have lost a bit of weight and does not seem to be eating as much unless I hand feed him. He still asks for food every time he hears the rustling of food packaging, is very lively, boisterous and still completely trashes everything in reach. He's very lively and loving. Has anybody got any idea why he should slow down on food intake, is it recent hot weather? Any help gratefully recieved. xx
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Jasmine Brough Hinesley -
Are there any signs of a respiratory problem, such as sneezing or runny nose or eyes? Sometimes a bird may feel ill but not show many outward symptoms, and they can be hard to diagnose. If your bird continues to lose weight or has new symptoms pop up you may want to consider taking him to a vet. In the meantime, do everythign you can to make sure he is comfortable - make sure he has a clean cage, a good diet, and make sure he is not in a drafty, loud environment.
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Advice for those considering becoming the parent of a parrot:
Our blue and gold macaw, Sebastian will have his 12th birthday this coming August. I am writing this because I think it's important for everyone who is considering becoming parent to a parrot to know exactly what they're getting into.
Sebastian - or Sabby, as we call him - is the love of our lives, but my husband and I really didn't realize when we first got him 12 years ago at 8 weeks old that bringing him into our lives was actually a decision to be a parent to a two year old for the REST OF OUR LIVES.
I said a "two year old" because most studies show that many parrots are at about the same intelligence level and reasoning capacity as a two year old. If a parrot decides to talk, and not all of them do - they usually use the words they learn with cognition & context. In other words, they don't just "parrot" human speech, they also have a good general understanding of what the words mean and they use them at the right times.
I said for the "REST OF OUR LIVES" because with good health, Sabby will likely live to be around 80 - essentially the same as human life expectency. So that's a major consideration as well. Not only are you making the decision to take on a two year old, you also need to consider who will be willing to take of the two year old after you die.
Sabby's a smart, cute, active, funny, and totally beautiful two year old, but just as every human two year old that I've ever known, he can also be very DEMANDING. He just doesn't understand why he can't have what he wants when he wants it! My husband and I react to his temper tantrums just as we did with our daughter's when she was two. We take him back to his "room" (his cage in our bedroom) and we tell him that we'll get him again when he decides to be nice. And just as my daughter used to do, he plays in his room for awhile & forgets why he was mad. Maybe he even thinks about it what he did a little bit, lol. ;)
Sabby loves us all, but I think the nature of parrots usually bonding with one mate for life makes them prone to also have one person in their life at a time who they favor over the others. I know that some parrots are more loving to everyone than others, but I do think that most have a favorite.
I'm SO glad that we have that little boy. He is a center of our world, but we were also lucky that my husband and I were in the perfect position to spend all of the time and attention with him that he needs. Our daughter was 18 when we got him. She was another caretaker and buddy for him until she went off to college and recently, my husband and I retired.
I wrote this because I think it's very important for people making this decision to do so with their eyes wide open. Parrots are amazing companions and their intellect is incredible, but they require much more attention than your average dog or cat or even ferret, IMHO, and & for the larger parrots, an added consideration is that they may outlive you. Also, if you are absolutely sure you want one, it really is an excellent idea to check into adoption before you consider buying. I've seen many who need a good home and I think that unless they have just gone crazy with grief from lack of attention (unfortunately extreme feather picking is a symptom), you can usually make them very happy again very quickly with just telling them how great they are, encouraging them & just loving them wholeheartedly - just as we do with our kids. :)
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Janine, the bird lady. -
I loved your posting and agree whole heartedly in adoption. Our motto is "Dont' breed, don't buy, ADOPT your new best friend". Having adopted 6 exotic birds that were all abused and/or given up, because someone just could not handle the amount of care they needed anymore, I thank you for your posting. There are already far too many of these beautiful creatures needing homes because someone thought it would be "nice to have a talking bird" and ran out and got one before thinking it through or learning all there is to know about being the parent of an exotic bird.
Thank you so very much for sharing so honestly. You have really shed some light on things to consider before tanking ownership of any bird for that matter. As for me, I have always been a dog and cat person, I recently acquired an interest in birds. My favorite choice is a "Goffin" Cockatoo however, I was told that they are extremely needy. That being said, I have now began to take an interest in the Blue and Gold Macaw. I guess I am experiencing the EMPTY NEST syndrome, my youngest daughter just moved out and I have a void even having my dog and cat. Do you think that the Macaw would be a good choice for a first time bird owner?
Do you know how to reach anyone about adopting a parrot?
I had parrots before and know how much work they can be but would love to get another!
peter blu -
Hello from sub tropical south africa! I am disabled and spend most of my life confined to my house in kwazulu~natal. Recently(+\- 4 months ago I was given a macaw with severe feather loss. He was dumped at a bird park and abandoned. The caretaker could not manage and decided to rid the park of Cheeta. We immediately took to each other as it were and have formed a very close bond. I also share my house with 2 african greys. The pulling of feathers with Cheeta carries on. He has been to a vet and have no medical problems. Do you perhaps have any advice or suggestions to try? bright blessings. Peter Blu
Charlie Roche -
Plucking is a real problem and I don't think anyone has come up with a permanent solution or definite reason as to why it occurs. Vets normally say boredom, abuse, not enough socialization or attention. Whatever the reason, it has already occured. Some folks try putting a collar on the bird to prevent the plucking and hopefully break the habit. If you believe your parrot will accept a collar - you could try that. Initially I would try lots of attention, lots of alternate things to play with or do, branches to chew on, toys etc. Let him be around people and try and replace the behavior with a variety of things to do and extra attention. It is very difficult to deal with or change and no reflection on you if you can't change it. Try - spend time and toys and music or TV - anything to provide stimulation and distraction.
That's not just logic. That's really sesnbile.
Deborah Guirrello -
Where can I adopt? I live in Gainesville, Fl where one has to pay to practically breathe.
I My husband has always wanted a B&G, I'm so happy I recently was able to get one for him (the family)My only regret is that I wish I would of been aware of bird adoptions before hand, Don't get me wrong I wouldn't change the fact that we got our macaw just wish there was more advertising about bird adopting. I never knew. We want to add another feathered friend to our family in the future & adoption is the way we will go!!!! All my animals are rescue's. I'm very surprised at how much enjoyment Indigo brings me everyday, She is a true blessing. With that said she is a handful & keeps me going 24/7. I just want to say to anyone considering getting a larger breed bird to really, I mean really do all your home work. You need to be aware of what cleaning products you can use to candles you can or can't have. I love my oil warmer sented plug-ins, but no more, They are poisonous to my feathered friend. My point is don't just look at what to feed them or what type of cage & the space you need, check out every thing. I'm still learning, lol. Also Thanks for everyone elses posts, all have useful info & tips.
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 -
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.
Is there any method you can use to stop a B&G macaw of screaming /?
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Charlie Roche -
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).
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 ?
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.
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 -
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.
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.
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 -
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.
What should I do to my new african grey first week?
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Charlie Roche -
African Greys are more timid/shy thanmany birds. They don't deal with a lot of commotion, children running around, doors slamming etc. They will adjust to most things but are a more timid more - way more timid than a macaw. So the first week, just let him settle in. Let him get used to the sounds and smeels and sights of his new home. Talk tohim and put words to his actions. He probably won't move around a lot - just enough initially to eat and drink. But if he flaps his waings say something like 'pretty' or 'show off'. 'step up' is obvious. Id' take him from room to room and tell him what things are like bed, chair, window, sofa etc. It is a way of the two of you getting to know each other. Once he settles in - he will train you so just listen and you will be fine. They like to be close to you, they like being able to find a safe place with their cage (so against a wall - not a window). Indroduce a new toy or item outside the cage until he is used to it and accepts it. Think 3 year old shy child dressed in feathers and put sounds and words to anything you can think of. They do love to talk.
Mohammed Ahmed -
Keep the bird clean and warm, pet the bird and smile at it. They love it. Repeat words that you want him to learn, they do learn quick. if you or any one you know of, have birds to give away due to care issues, feel free to let me know. :) i love birds
I adopted a 6 yr old macaw named Blue, from Crystal, a lady I work with. Her Dr. advised her to rid her home of Blue, whom she hand raised, and Blues parents, due to Crystals allergies and breathing problems. Blue was never handled by anyone other than Crystal and she only took about 3 days to get used to me and allow me to touch her and she now steps up for me once she comes down from the security of her cage. She will allow me to pet her on her cage but bites terribly hard if I try to get her to step up while on the cage, so I coax her down to the floor and then I can hold her. My husband and 3 teenage kids (the kids are very kind, calm, gentle animal lovers) have been trying to make friends with her by giving her treats which she will accept, my husband even had her licking cream off his finger, then in the next instant she will lash out and bite. She still bites me pretty hard when she feels like it. She seems very interested in my six year old son, he probably spends the most time around her cause her cage is in our florida room where he plays his video games. She really seems to love watching him play his games and shes always dancing along to the music. I am scared to let him try to pet her because she is unpredictable but she does seem to be very calm when I'm holding her or letting her sit in my lap and he is close by. A couple of times she has tried to approach him when shes off her cage walking around on the floor but I get scared and tell him to move away from her cause his little fingers are so little and cute I don't want them injured by her. Could I please get some reccomendations about training videos, and maybe some trust building exercises or something like that cause I feel like maybe I'm holding her back from developing a relationship with my 6 yr old out of my fear she may injure him.
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Clarice Brough -
Chet Womach has good training videos., you could check them out to see if they can help:
Parrot Training Techniques
If you still have any guestions feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have alot of bird experience. I own everything from lovebirds to macaws..and have a lot of training experience. Another lady mentioned chet he is great. Chet and his brother have a ton on wonderful training videos out..but mostly for misbehaving. Anyway if you want you can contact me.