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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-18-2011, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question for Macaw owners

I have the opportunity to home a 3 year old Tame Greenwing Macaw. The current owners hand raised this bird from a chick, so the bond with them is strong.

My question is, what am I in for and how difficult do you think it will be to form my own bond with this bird. I'm sure there will be some adjustment since his previous owners had him for 3 years.

A little about me: Mid-50's male. Only ones living in the house are me and my wife. I have owned Conures & Cockatiels in the past and currently own a 16 month old Senegal parrot, which I received second hand as well and was semi-tame. It still took me about a month before my Sennie would really accept me.


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Three years old is still pretty young, especially for a macaw. Have you had the opportunity to go and meet him yet? I've never owned a macaw, but most all of my birds (definitely all of my larger parrots) in the past were second-hand birds. I don't think you'd have a problem at all as long as "bonded" with his current owners doesn't mean "glued to his owners and not at all socialized." Even then, if your house is pretty quiet and the only people who would regularly handle him are you and your wife, I don't think it would be too traumatizing a transition.

Hope everything works out for you, good luck in your decision!!
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The greenwing is about 2 hours from me. But the current owners are willing to deliver him to me and stay for a few hours and see how he adjusts to his surroundings. They felt it would be less traumatic for him if they did this rather than me coming to their home and caging him up and leaving with him. I strongly agree.
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It doesn't sound too much of a crazy idea. I would love to have an opportunity like this at some point. I would say go for it. It won't be anywhere near crazy impossible to bond with this bird, just because it's already very bonded with its current owners. It is young, I say this is an awesome opportunity for you and you will be able to befriend it. Also, like Lyz said, you should go meet the bird first.




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I would see the bird first before you give it a definite yes. The macaw is only 3 years old and it has plenty of time to adjust to you! If he has been socialised well and has been played with enough etc you should have a wonderful bird. Your sennie may have taken some time because it was not cuddly tame, but this macaw is so hopefully you'll just click.

I hope he comes with the cage and everything otherwise you're going to be paying a lot of money! Much more than already haha.

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I would meet the bird and see how he reacts. Is it DNA tested male? Macaws tend to bond strongly with one person, but if you socialize them well they will be friendly with others. If he's bonded well with the couple now, he will likely bond with you both. The reason i ask if he's DNA tested male is big birds, macaws especially, tend to gravitate towards the opposite sex, so he may bond a little more strongly with your wife, especially when he hits puberty at 5-6 and in breeding season.

I say, if you understand his needs and his size and you're ready to make a lifelong commitment to caring for him, go for it



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Hi Jenny,

If someone doesn't step up within the next few days to offer Cha Cha a home, then I may do it. But I may ask the owners to bring him here and see if they would agree to leave him a for a few days and see how we get along before the final deal is done.

Say, if you live in West Palm, Cha Cha isn't too far from you if you'd be interested. He's located in Land O Lakes which is a few miles North of Tampa. They are asking $695.00 for him, his HUGE cage, nice perch, travel cage for vet visits, toys etc.......

here is a link if anyone here is interested http://www.birdsnow.com/bird-ad-24315

Yes, he is bonded a little more with the wife than with the husband, but it's mainly because she spends a little more time with him than her husband. But he socializes fine and plays with both of them without any problem.
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I would love to, but right now I'm at my limit One macaw is enough for me! But thank you very much Green Wings are my personal favorite macaw species because they are the most mellow, easy going of the macaw species. The biggest thing is you can't be afraid of the beak



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Here's a video of Cha Cha playiny with his hat. http://youtu.be/yLQKc19cms8
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Awww, he's adorable!! Let us know if you decide to get him



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that is SO cute!

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Awwww! How CUTE!!




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OK, here is the update so far on Cha Cha Coconut the 3 year old Greenwing. I spoke to my wife about homing him over the weekend and she said it was up to me, but she wasn't too thrilled with such a large bird that has the ability to be quite noisy & a big enough beak to do some serious damage. But if it's what I really wanted then it was up to me.

But then she brought out the BIG GUNS. She pointed out that I have always been a one pet person and since I'm retired, I devote most of my time to Tiki our 16 month old Senegal. She also pointed out how Tiki has bonded with me and dearly loves spending time with me to the point I leave the house she raises a ruckus. So her point of that is, how is Tiki going to handle having another bird invading her territory and having to share her time with me. I would have to spend more time with the Cha Cha until he gets used to us and his new surroundings.

She is right about me and Tiki, I love spending time with her and I would have to split my time between the two birds. But like I told her, Senegals are more cuddly than most Macaws. Tiki will always be able to ride on my shoulder and sit in my lap or on my knee (which is where she likes to sit). But Macaws or more restrained, I wouldn't allow him to ride on my shoulder. He would either be on my arm, on his cage or on his perch. He will also have the ability to walk around if he chooses.

So, I'm really at a quandrey here. I really would like to home Cha Cha, and for some reason know one has stepped up to give him a home. So it seems like he's meant to be with us.
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My senegal enjoys having other birds in the home, although she does not play or touch any of the other birds. My senegal was the first bird of my present birds who belongs to me. My daughter did have her bourkes before I got the senegal. Roni seemed a bit jealous when I first brought the green cheek home, but she soon learned to enjoy her company from afar, too.

Only you can determine your own ability to have multiple pets. If you have never been comfortable having multiple pets for yourself, I understand your wife's questioning this decision, but, then and again, you are recently retired, so that is a huge life change that could account for a difference in your ability to care for more than one pet.

If it is possible to try the macaw before a commitment is made, that seems good to me. I wouldn't worry about the fact that the bird has already formed a strong bond with its owners. Having formed a strong bond with anyone previously will enable the bird to form stronger bonds with you than if it had not already formed strong bonds. Birds tend to figure out that the older person is gone and it is time to adjust to new people. Macaws do NOT form pair bonds for life in the wild. Occasional ones do, but for the most part they rebond each mating season.


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so you think you'll be taking him home?

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I would find out what kind of attention Cha Cha is used to. And ask yourself if you can give him the attention he's used to and Tiki what he's used to

Knowing your birds and your own time commitments can help determine what you can handle.

My conure is my neediest bird. She needs daily time with me. She needs to hang out on my shoulder and join me everywhere I go in the house.
My parrotlet needs to be out everyday to fly. He goes beserk if he doesnt get it. He is less demanding of my cuddles and love, but he must have his time to fly and forage on the various playstands we have in our house. And when he flies to my shoulder and asks for cuddles, or demands scritches I must give them to him. He will show me his frustration if I ignore him by biting my fingers. lol! It''s funny actually.
My Senegal needs several hours of out of cage time, but he's happy to hang out on his boing or wood perch and talk away. And if I sit and talk with and to him, he's even happier. He loves to share a meal together and if I offer scritches he's content. He's not very demanding all in all. Give him 4 hours of out of cage time and encourage his vocalizations, and he's as happy as a pig in mud lol


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