Animal Stories - Hahn's Macaw

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The Hahn's Macaw is the smallest of all the Macaw Parrots, and is one of the best talkers!
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Donna - 2012-06-07
Hi Charlie -- Just wanted you to know that our Hahn's 'Dublin' is doing well after all the help you gave us. She has a large vocabulary and is talking all the time (quite clearly) and always has us smiling. Now the problem -- she still has a problem with stepping up on our fingers/hands and still bites quite a bit. We cannot try to touch her or she bites. We would love to hold her but she still wants to bite both my husband and me. How can we get her to trust us? She is approximately 9 months old (we got her when she was about 5 months) and we think she wasnt' treated very well. Can you help us again?????? Thanks for any suggestions. Donna

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    If you go to and just enter 'how to stop a parrot from biting' you will bring up several articles from trainors etc on that subject.  Me - I would concentrate very hard on exactly what your Hahns is doing before he goes to bite.  What is the body position, wings, look of the eyes etc.  Just what is he doing before he goes to bite.  If you take your hand and make a tight fist (thumb in) and you present the back of your hand to the Hahns, he can't bite it cuz he can't get a hold of any skin.  You can do this a bunch of times and it will relax you and it will start to show him that biting just isn't going to work.  Hold that fist tight - he can hit you with his beak but honest, that doesn't hurt.  Just do it - he will slowly start to give up trying to bite.  That was step 1. This is step 2 which will sound terrible but not going to hurt him at all.    I would take that fella and I would throw a towel over that guy and then grab him up in the towel and hold him.  You throw the towel over him (better if you start with him on the fllor) and then just push him down to the ground or a flat surface and wrap your fingers around his neck holding the towel.  You are using the towel sort of like you would use a kitchen mit.  He will be able to bite the towel but not you.  It may take a few minutes ( not more than two) but he will settle.  You don't squeeze - just hold, like you hold a childs hand firmly when crossing the street.  Now you just hold him, talk to him, sing whatever and gradually just pet the top of his head.  The idea here is to get him used to the fact that you will not hurt him.  You are just going to hold him.  Now take it from there to placing him on the bed or on the floor in a small room (like the bathroom) and let him come to you - great if you have a treat.  I had one bird that would bite (out of a bunch) and just couldn't get her to stop.  I called a trainor and she said when the bird looked like it was going to bite, grab it yell 'JAIL' and put it in the bathtub.  Turn out the lights and close the door and count to 60.  The third time I yelled 'Jail' - that bird shook like a dog coming out of water but assumed the relaxed position.  She never bit me again.   I still can't get over that one but that is what the trainor said and it worked.  Closet, bathub etc.  That little guy can't be just 9 months.  Baby birds beaks are soft - the bite doesn't hurt.  It is sorta like a puppy gumming you to death.  The top thing to remember is that you have to relax.  You have to be not nervous.  I can see where you would be but you have to relax.  Get that Hahns on the floor - on the bed - anywhere but the top of his cage.  It will help a lot.  Have no idea why the 'Jail' thing worked but it did but you have to be able to grab him to do it.
  • randombirdgirl - 2014-09-14
    what are hahns macaws like? are they really bitey and feisty by nature or just if you neglect them? I went to a pet store to find one and it was kind of bitey. and how many hours a day do you need to spend with them to make sure they don't bite and get aggressive. in general if you've never had a bird but want a tiny bit of a challenge are they a good pet? and if not what is?
  • randombirdgirl - 2014-09-14
    what is the hahns macaw like? Ive never had a bird but a wan a small challenge. are they a good pet for what I would like? and if not what is? I just would like some pet expertise here.
someone - 2014-05-07
I had a baby hahns but she sadly passed, she had seizures.

lynsey mcne - 2014-05-04
Hi i have just rehomed a parrot called Río who's a handfed macaw. I don't have a clue of age but previous owener said she had for a few years but never had much time for him. Will I be ever be able to get him to talk, I have a busy home with 3 kids that range from 1 and a half years to 6 years and 10 years and we would love him to talk and step up and to be able to let him out of the cage. I got him on Friday 2nd may 2014 so not had him long at all any advice would be great. T.I.A

Anonymous - 2013-03-22
Hi my hahns macaw is nearly two, and very happy and healthy, but in the lst few months his tail feathers have got shorter and shorter, and look jagged and rough, like they have been rubbed away by climbing the bars. His cage is massive and came with him so is proper size and everything, and this hasnt happened before. could it be too many toys, or the cardboard box house i gave him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    It does sound like his tail is being rubbed against something, so it could be the toys. Tail feathers don't really get shorter or ragged on their own.
  • Jake - 2013-05-28
    Sounds like your hahns is plucking/shredding its own tail feathers. Get it some toys that look like they are good for shredding like platted palm leaves or lots of ends of natural string poking out of something.
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.
Susan - 2012-10-28
I have a Hahn's Macaw who is an 11 year old male. I have had him since he was a baby. He has always been an avid talker, greeting me in the morning with 'Good Morning!' For the last few months he has been pulling his feathers from his back, under his wings and then his chest. He did not chew the feathers, just left them lying whole in the bottom of the cage. Two days ago I decided, after reading so much on line, to make some major changes. First, I cleaned both his large daytime cage and his smaller sleeping cage and spraying them with mite spray. I also doused the bird in mite spray (made for birds.) I bought a lamp to hang over his cage with a full-spectrum bulb, which he uses for about 6 hours a day. I also sprayed him with Itch Soothing Spray for birds. I bought him a new bed, washed all his toys in the washing machine (no bleach, little bit of soap), got him a fancy mirror, threw away all seeds and bought ZuPreem coloured pellets and lots of fruit. We are approaching day three of these changes and he will not stop 'quacking.' I have never heard this sound before. He uses the new bed but sleeps in the old bed, eats the pellets and fruit since that is what he used to eat a year or so ago, he loves to look in the mirror and is much more loving, not nipping at all. He has not pulled one single feather since the changes. These all seem like good things but I am afraid there is something wrong. He is not talking now, he just keeps quacking. Is he reverting to normal Hahn's sounds due to the mirror? Last night we took a shower together and then I blow dried him, which he loves. Has anyone had a quacking Hahn's. If you mate them to they talk to each other that way? Is there something wrong with his respiratory? Please let me know. Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-29
    My guess is the mirror.  He is reaching puberty, possibly thinks mate, but so much better than plucking.  Now parrots this time of year also go into a heavy molt and will pull old feathers out to et new feathers in.  They literally molt 100% of their feathers so I don't know whether molting or feather plucking.  But congratulations you solved the problrem.  I would just remove the mirror occasionally and see what happens.
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-01
    He might be sick if the quack is anything like a hiccup. As for the feathers, there might be multiple causes, bugs, or dry skin.
Jake - 2012-05-13
Hi, I have a baby hahns, The baby was 12 days old when I got her, I got from a friend of mine that bought the baby but didn't know how to care it. the baby seems to be doing fine, I've had her for about 3 weeks now, and growing bigger every day, but I'm alittle worried about her legs, there out to her side, she moves the around and her claws grab hold of my finger, is the normal for a baby, I haven't gotten 1 this small before. Thanks Jake

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-13
    Sounds like splayed leg. Somehow the mom sitting of the baby nesting, somehow got the leg(s) got squished out to the side. Probably should take her to an avian vet - make sure avian though. The vet would actually splint the legs in place using guaze. He'll do a figure 8 bandage with guaze wrapping the legs fairly close together so the legs aren't 'spalyed' but upright and baby will be able to stand. This is usually done when first seen and at 5-10 days old would be all right in 5 days or so. Your's is older and so I am concerned about the age and that is why I say vet. Just should be a bandage wrap to put the legs in their correct position. They grow so fast at this age, they heal fast so should be OK. But need to fix the condition. OK?
  • Jake - 2012-05-13
    Thank you so much, I'll take the baby to Doc tomarrow am Thanks
  • Jake - 2012-05-14
    Charlie, thanks again for your help, I took the baby to the vet today, and the splint the babys legs, hope this does the trick, thanks again, Jake
  • Jake - 2012-06-08
    Hi Charlie, just wanted to let you know that the splints came off our Baby yesterday and she seem's to be doing fine, Doc said she should be running around soon lol, Thanks again for your help, Jake
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-08
    Isn't it amazing how hey can heal like that.  Glad all is great.
  • Jake - 2012-06-08
    Charlie I believe how much the baby grows seems like over night you see a change, alot differant from when she was 12 days old, thanks for every thing.
ANN - 2012-05-31
Hi, I have a 6 month old Hahns that I had raised from 3 weeks. When I got her, her beak was about 50/50 black and fleshy colored. It is now about 85% black with a few lighter areas on it. I had a breeder tell me that she wasn't a hahns but a noble. From pictured that I have researched Hahns beaks are black and nobles are flesh
But the spots on her beak that are lighter aren't bone colored like a noble. Any thoughts?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    I don't know whether you have a Hahns or a Noble but here is a photo of a Hahns side by side with a Noble. I think you will be able to tell which one you have from the photo. Here it is Hahns Noble
randall white - 2012-05-15
My red shouldered hahns macaw is having problems with what seems to be a parasite problem which is consuming his feathers. I have tried mite sprays anticeptics and daily baths but nothing is working. None of my other parrots seem to be affected. Any suggestions

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-15
    Take him to an avian vet as soon as possible. He might be plucking his own feathers but the way you are saying this with such anxiety and no relief I'd have him tested for beak and feather. It is a virus and contagious.
kevin - 2012-04-29
we have a hahns macaw and we were wondering about introducing a mate would anyone have any tips on this subject

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-29
    First is you need to know what sex your Hahns macaw is and get the opposite sex. Place the second macaw in a cage next to the first. You will see after a few days/ a week they will be obviously interested in each other. Set up a nest box andplace it in the females cage and then place themale in with the female.