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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-10-2014, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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I am baby sitting the biggest monster ever!

And I have died and gone to heaven.
This bird is stunning, amazing and just perfect.
He acts like a baby but is 5 years old.
I so want one but the price is just not reasonable at all.
No one should have to pay this kind of money for a bird.
Think the worst if something goes wrong you have just lost a small fortune
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How beautiful! They've always been one of my favorite macaws, incredibly jealous you get to baby sit him (: It really is insane how expensive they are though.

Edit : Though I do agree with the posts below that his beak appears to be uncomfortably overgrown.



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Beautiful animal! But his beak appears overgrown, doesn't it? Hys do have long upper beaks but the tip of this one reaches almost all the way to his chest and that's not normal. It has to be uncomfortable for him to eat with it...
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Yes this beautiful parrot cost $$$$$ so I'm surprised the beak has been neglected. My friend who also owns her own bird shop has 2 of her own. One is plucking feathers. They need and carve so much attention. IMHO they are too precious to be kept as pets, instead of flying free.

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What a beautiful parrot! I'm glad they cost so much, in all honesty. With their wild status they need to be pricey birds, not to mention they're quite hard to breed in a sense that they have large requirements and don't have many chicks at all

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He is absolutely gorgeous, lucky you!!



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My first instinct was exactly that his beak seemed way overgrown. She only just purchased this bird about 2 or 3 weeks ago. Reason i am baby sitting him is her mom just passed. I have passed the info on to her and she made an appointment for his beak to be trimmed on Thursday with my Avian Vet. It sure does seem like these guys are a handful. He wanted to be with me all the time. Not the type of bird that you can leave in a cage. But then who would not want to be with him all the time. Was an amazing day.
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Mind you, a beak trimming should only be used as a temporary Band-Aid to help the bird eat better because the cause needs to be figured out and taken care of. If she just got the bird, does this mean it's a baby? Because, if it is, she needs to get a super COMPLETE physical on him as overgrown beaks are usually due to too much protein in their diet (with the corresponding liver and kidney issues) but this takes a long time to make a beak overgrown so, if the bird is a baby, we are talking about the possibility of some pretty bad genetic problem.
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Gorgeous bird!
At the age of 5 years he is still young.
If I was the keeper I would be concerned about the beak and run bloodwork soon.
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this is a stunning example of nature's true beauty how lucky you are to spend time with him!!
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Oh, I missed the 5 year old info... Well, he is still way too young to have liver damage due to a bad diet UNLESS all he has been eating are nuts (hy owners feed too many, in my personal opinion) OR if he has had a disease that would have damaged the liver (like psittacosis or metal poisoning, for example) so I agree with Karin, a physical with blood work (bile acids test included) is in order.
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