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Old 08-27-2015, 04:47 AM
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I never thought I would own a bird!

A friend of mine's father recently passed away suddenly. His Dad owned three birds. Two Cockatiels and a Macaw. My friend is unable to take the birds himself. I happened to mention this to my wife and the next thing I know we're on our way to go look at the Macaw.

He's 15 years old and was purchased as a baby by my friend's Dad. We got the cage all set up last night and are scheduled to go pick him up tonight.

My main concern is we hope the bird won't be too freaked out by the sudden change in enviroment. He's always lived in the same house with the same person.

Anyone have any experience with a situation like this? Any tips that may help the transition? We certainly want to make it as smooth and comfortable for him as possible!

I'll post updates and maybe some pictures tomorrow.

Wish me luck!

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Old 08-27-2015, 05:19 AM
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Post some Pics!
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I hope it likes you guys!
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They are very picky as to who they like and don't like. They are almost pets for life and so I wish you good luck on how he adapts to you and your family. They can and often do bond with only one person. Its unpredictable how they will react. Just go slow and easy on working with them and be consistent. They can be very jealous, very emotional and very loud!
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Be very careful what cleaning and cooking products you use in the home. Air the house out before bringing the bird in.....
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You will love it when it Starts squawking at first light
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Appreciate the info. We have been researching the breed for a few days. I have heard they can be a handful. I get up at 4am every weekday so if he's noisy it won't bother me. Just everyone else! LOL

Would putting a cover over the cage help to calm him?

FYI.....his name is Willy.
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There's a guide/commercial fisherman here that has one. She takes it with her wherever she goes. Cool chick. Cool bird.
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Hope it goes well.....post up pics.
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Would putting a cover over the cage help to calm him?

FYI.....his name is Willy.
Yes but it can backfire if it is used too often. He can become sullen and start pulling his feathers out. They are like spoiled little children. He's basically a teenager.
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Just be very careful while handeling him/her for the first few weeks. Trust me when I say you don't want to get bit.
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Just be very careful while handeling him/her for the first few weeks. Trust me when I say you don't want to get bit.
They can take a finger off. They can actually crack and eat the insides of a peach seed. And will... And don't give them any of those because the internals of a peach seed have naturally occurring cyanide. It will make them sick. And eventually could kill them.
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Those are pretty birds, don't know anything about them other than what I just learned on a google search.

I'd hope someone would give my pet(s) a good home after I passed. Good on you.
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Having been around birds a lot... my advice --

Go slow, talk to him and around him so he learns your voice, respect the beak, don't tease him, use treats and such also. They are very smart and can be wonderful pets, but like anything... it takes work.

Being raised from a baby, it will be used to people and may not have any issues at all with the transition....
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Yes! I've been warned about their bite abilities! Guess I better bring my welding gloves in from the shop! We're going to the pet store tonight to get food, litter for the tray and some toys and treats for him. Unfortunately.....he's been alone all day every day in his old owner's house with no contact except for when my friend goes over to feed and check on him and the other two birds. That's why we're in a hurry to get him home.

Hopefully he'll get use to his new surroundings quickly. I've heard they will pluck their own feathers if stressed. Maybe he'll bypass that once we get him and spoil him some.
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Don't use Google Images to look at "parrot bites"!
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I have never owned a bird but I've been around several chicken heads in my life.
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Welding gloves won't even take the sting out of a bite. You just have to hope he does not bite.
My wife is a vet and her specialty is birds. We have cockatoo's which are smaller but similar in behavior to macaws.

Do not cook with Teflon around the bird. Teflon, when heated, releases a chemical that will kill him. Make sure he's not too close when you're cooking.

Watch out for electrical cords, moldings and trim, wooden furniture, etc as suggested above. If you keep him pre-occupied with wooden toys and things he can chomp on he will probably leave your stuff alone. There are tons of web sites that sell large bird toys on line. Keep him in toys and entertained and he should be good.

They can eat pretty much anything accept avocado. Guacamolie or anything avocado based can kill him. Ours likes twizzlers, peanut butter, eggs and chicken. Basically, they can eat most things but get a good pellet food like Harrisons and Zupreem for their main diet.

Macaws are usually really friendly and sweet. It's pretty rare to get a mean one. It may take you a little while to get to know each other but you should be fine. Be social, keep him entertained with toys and company, change the cage paper a couple time a week and you'll be fine. They are really cool birds.

Probably worth finding a vet that will see him too. They can get upper respiratory infections, foot problems, etc, just like us. Its usually not a big deal and they are very hardy but not many vets will see them so look around for an avian specialist. They can be a pain in the butt at times, but all in all they're great companions. Also, you probably already know this, but at 15 years old, he has easily another 50 years of life to go. He's just a kid so plan accordingly.
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Rio.....Thanks for the info! We have a friend that works at a local zoo and specifically works with the birds there. She will be coming over to check him out and to trim his claws, which are overdue for trimming.

Didn't know that about teflon! I'll be sure to tell my wife.

Yes. We had heard they can live 60 plus years. He'll probably outlive me! I'll be 51 in a couple of months.

We have the cage set up in our family room. This is where we hang out the most so he'll be constantly involved with us coming and going. Our kids are older so no worries about young kids teasing him, etc.

We're excited but cautious in our approach to this commitment! We just want to do the right things for him.

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