Animal Stories - Blue and Gold Macaw

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The beautiful Blue and Gold Macaw is a champion of large Macaws in color and personality!
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Pedro Perez - 2014-08-02
3 years ago i ran into max. . . . She's a 51/2 blue and gold macaw. . . . She's the love of my life and i take her with me in town

Rosemary Southard - 2014-07-12
Needless to say I love my Blue, and Gold Macaw. When I want to take a nap some times?? I will be asleep, and the next think i know My blue, and gold has crawled down her cage, and on to the arm of my chair, and she will roll in my lap,and turn up side down, and play like a kitten. that really will wake you up for a long time. One time she did that when I was napping, and she was giving me kisses on my cheek, and wanted to play.yea.

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.
  • Rosemary Southard - 2014-07-12
    Hello there: I also have a Blue, and Gold Macaw, and we just love her,and she is a blessing. The answer to your question is:: Dont feed her or him fruit blend all the time. feed her the Macaw big bites, that have the picture of the Hicyneth pic on it. and the big bag. Feed your Macaw twice a day or your bird will eat too much.Change the food every day, and also the water.Feeding the fruit blend all the time will make her eat more, and not get the vitamins that it needs. it can hurt the stomach some. that is why the poop is too loose. Gradually your bird may get sick, and keep check on the food every day to make sure it is fresh. Keep in touch, and let me know how your Macaw is doing. Make sure your macaw is taken to the vet for regular checkups. I do mine. If there is a problem you can catch it early. good luck.
Orlando Rodriguez - 2014-05-11
Paco is a 18yo blue and gold macaw: This spring we made an enclosure (Screen back porch ) and made him and his friends, a Goffin Cockatoo (Grasy) and a sun conure (Sunny). Today I noticed that Paco is Taking a large amount of water to the point of vomiting. It's the 1st time he's done this, please help me. Orlando

les turner - 2013-07-30
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 - 2013-07-31
    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.
jitendra patel - 2013-04-09
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Jane - 2010-03-13
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. - 2010-09-20
    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.
  • Tracy - 2010-12-04
    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?
  • Nadine - 2011-08-09
    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 - 2011-10-20
    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 - 2011-10-21
    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.
  • Kaylyn - 2011-11-09
    That's not just logic. That's really sesnbile.
  • Deborah Guirrello - 2013-03-28
    Where can I adopt? I live in Gainesville, Fl where one has to pay to practically breathe.
Jacqueline S. - 2013-03-22
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.

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.
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.