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Becky Rendle - 2015-10-10
I have a Blue & Gold Macaw she is 24 years old she started laying clutches of eggs at 12 years old & I was wondering how long do they normally have ckutches of eggs?

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michelle - 2015-10-09
I have a Flame Macaw and she has all the traits of her parents and grandparents. She is very independent most of the time and love to be on her swing with her brother (green wing) She has moments of wanting to be loved on and cuddled with. Normally that is when we are trying to get her and her brother to calm down for the night. BUT she is very dominate is all aspects of the house. Her cage and the whole room in general are hers and don't try and tell her differently. She tends to get nippy (like the scarlet) when she is on the lanai. We have had her for 7 years and have loved every minute of it. Her coloring is different from her clutch mate. Where she has a more green head her clutch mates is more orange. Her wait is over 1400 grams (not obese) her clutch mate is on the smaller side. (her grandfather 3 times removed is a very large green wing.) She is the 5 generation from Hartman Aviary. From her climbing the curtains (literally) to climbing into the shower with us she has been amazing.

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leigh roth - 2015-09-12
Regarding bonding with another bird/human. I live in Mexico part time in a house I own there in Zihuatanejo. I adquired a male and a female (Paloma) They were not bonded they were just there together. She fell in love with the manager of the hotel next door to me. At precisely X hour in the morning she would call me to get her off the balcony looking out at the ocean and the extensive gardens of the Hungalows Alec. She would scurry out the door and down the cobblestones through a portal into the yard across the street of the Alec. There was a shack in there and she would crawl through a hole she had made there, get up on his bed and he would say he had just wakon up. He decided to go back to Chhiapas, and a couple of days after he left she flew away....you be the judge.

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Ann M Kerr - 2015-08-23
My Severe Macaw is TIKI. He is affectionate to only me. I can cuddle with him, roll him over, spread his wings for inspection...a play thing. The Question I have is that he will only eat large black striped sunflower seed, peanuts in shell, pizza, any kind of cheese and of course anything sweet. Is this normal for this type of parrot. My previous parrot was a conure and he did the same thing even though I offered the fancy birdseeds that come in plastic bags and are expensive. He will nibble on mixed vegetables especially corn and peas. He also drinks from a cup if it is a fruit drink. He lives with a dog and cats and all is well. He is a squadker at times,but if you pick him up he stops. Does all this sound normal for him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-08-24
    He sounds like he is a happy fellow, but I would think about what he is eating for good health and longevity.  Parrots can get picky, but this article on parrot diet will give you some good info.
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Jennifer - 2015-08-15
I rescued my harlequin macaw, Jack, about 15 years ago; her circumstances were horrible, and all I can say is that she was lucky enough to survive being starved (most of the other birds did not). She's my first and will be my only bird. She's not easy to love, but I love her dearly. Recently, she has had some health issues, I took her to a very well known avian vet (he's always been her vet and has written books on macaws)and she has heart disease (I've always fed her quality food). So now I've got her on meds and she has shown some improvement. Then just this week she presented me with her very first egg! Go figure.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-08-21
    'Jack' is so lucky to live with you! So sorry about her heart problem, but congratulations on your surprise:)
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Tery Scott - 2012-07-27
I found Tody 26 years ago when I went with a friend to buy a parrot. We went to this house where the people were retiring, bought a motor home and were now planning to travel for their retirement. I have always been an animal lover and was so taken by her. I guess you gotta jump in to things sometime. She was my first big bird and boy what I have learned from her. I can do absolutely anything with her. At this point in life, her now being 28 I feel as if she is my daughter. I have gone through all the stages as she has matured. People have told me I should have got her a mate. If anything I have learned from my relationship with Tody is that the domesticated world is not ready for any pet that can out live you. People all to often buy them, much like I did on a whim only to find they have to re-home them when the owners life changes for what ever reason. Thank God I now live in a rural area where Tody is free to welcome in the new day, she can sleep out if it's warm or come in side if it's cold. These birds take a life time commitment. I should know, she out lasted 2 of my marriages. I should have known when she didn't like my spouse that it wasn't going to work. Now my concern is who do I will her to, as she will most likely out live me and the thought of her ever being in a situation where God forbid she were neglected of unloved is unthinkable to me. These birds can adjust to change but it takes an awful lot of time to win their trust and love. I've worked with abandoned and abused birds. This is the living fact that a Macaw or for that matter any large parrot is not a pet for just any one. Will my saying this make a difference, probably not but I feel better for having said it. To all you bird lovers out there, we are a special breed. My hats off to you all. Tery

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  • Alicia Manolas - 2015-07-27
    A suggestion, go to a bird show with her, that has macaws, pick a nice spot for the two of you to sit, and wait to be inundated with folk. Over the course of the day you will spot the different type of people you are looking for the child in poor clothes, but neat, who comes back again and again. Ask them to bring their parents over if they are not with him/her;THAT kid, the one who keeps coming back and is too poor to buy one and whose mom says tgey cant afford one... that is the family you invite to 'visit' your bird at home. You can say you want the bird to get used to young handlers, whatever. That kid, ifgentle and understanding of you bird after a few visits, is who you Will your 'daughter' to. And take to visit your lawyer or whoever has your Will. That way you will have done the best for your girl.
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Jo - 2008-09-18
I am extremely saddened at how far someone that calls themselves a breeder will go to make a hybrid. A Hyacinth is an endangered creature and should only be bred as a Hyacinth.

I realize (sadly) there is no governing of breeders and they have free will to breed however and whatever they want together and that includes mixing and matching. I would only hope their moral thinking will drive them to do the right thing.


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  • Anonomous - 2015-07-14
    I agree with the statement above. I have both sexes of Hyacinths and NEVER would hybridize them. They are beautiful just the way they are. I do think the hybrids of the other Macaws are beautiful, just not the Hyacinths.
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Tapabroto Guha Roy - 2015-01-04
Thank you

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  • anoyjdhudhui - 2015-06-14
    You should call it the muddy macaw.
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Anonymous - 2015-06-12
my mom will not let me have a bird. when i found out i would not be getting one i wore a black cape and it was for holloween so it had fake blod on it lol.

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Matt - 2010-02-19
I've got an approx. 10 year old female Military. That was a good bird up till the day that the Male B&G that she was raised with died( he ended up with a heart condition. Now she is the MEANEST bird that I have ever seen. I also have a younger B&G that is like a big baby, but the Military can no longer be handled. In turn, she gets less attention, in turn gets meaner, because no one wants the blood, & scars that she can inflict. There are days that I feel like opening the front door and throwing her out. I know, thats cruel, and I wouldn't do it. I'm even afraid to proceed to try and tame her again, I've had a lot of birds, as many as 6 Macaws, 2 greys, a bunch of Canaries, & a boatload of Finches, all at the same time. All but 2 Macaws, and about 10 Gouldian finches remain, and I'm slowly getting out of the finch hobby. Any ideas as to what I should do. I now hate this bird, but she is so pretty. I think that she is a womans bird, because she will get real close to my daughter when she talks to her. But my daughter has seen what she can do, and won't have anything to do with touching her. HELP

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  • Brampton, Ontario - 2010-02-26
    Please don't give up. She is grieving. I am sure when she accepts a new companion and is over her sense of loss she will be sociable again.
    I have a 4 year old MM named Carlos. He is hilarious. He only lets me handle him but he talks to my daughter and grandson whenever they walk by. He yells Jordan when we are calling my grandson to dinner, he meows after the cats, feeds the dogs his pellets and says haha when they pick up the food. Peek A Boo is his favourite saying. He always says night when I put him back in his cage at bedtime, but he seems to know when we are putting him in his cage because we age going out. Then he always says BYE quite loudly and he sounds a little disgusted with us. I would love to know how you make out.

    Brampton, Ontario
  • David Turnbow - 2010-08-26
    Matt,

    I do not have much of a reply other than patience. I have rescued a blue and gold, a green wing, and a panama amazon. They were all the same way in the beginning, but now they are all very sweet birds. If you would want to place the bird I would gladly take her. Just a thought.

    Thank you, David
  • martie werbacher - 2012-06-24
    hi... I started dating my boyfriend 7 months ago and he has a military macaw. My boyfriends wife passed after haveing this bird for 17 years, my boyfriend said the military macaw stopped eating and was sooo depressed he thought he'd lose the bird. After taking him to the vet the vet said to post a pitchure if you have one on the cage, his bird came out of his depression but was ok but my boyfriend hasn't been able to handle but to feed him. Since IIve been here it has taken me months of patience for the bird and I to love... he now follows me everywhere.. please, try a picture and if you don't have one find one in a magazine or internet to post on his/her cage..
  • Jessi - 2015-06-09
    Patience and calm is the key. I've heard of the picture working. Parrots develop strong bonds to their partners. How long does a human grieve? Dogs have died of grief. again, patience and consistency. Maybe separate the bird or only room with one other bird so that when you do spend time with the bird, they perceive this time as 'their' time. Speak softly and keep back ground noise to a minimum if you can. Try this time together to work on training. Try the stick up and a small treat for half hour or so. Close the door to the room and let them out of the cage for a bit. Patience and you'll both be rewarded greatly.
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