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So I have some news.

I finally asked my mother if I worked really hard at my job and possibly got a second job, and saved up money, if I could bring home another large parrot. (Kind of like when I saved up and bought Alex - for those of you who don't know, about a year ago, I saved up and bought an African Grey. He is in a different home now.)

Why I didn't say "good news" and only "news" is because...she really hasn't given me an answer yet. But that's actually a good sign! Usually when I ask for pets her immediate response is no, but I can see she is struggling to decide whether she should say yes or no this time. She has "mixed feelings" she says. Basically, I know she hates the messes, the noise, how I neglect to clean up poop when the birds poop all over the house (teehee..oops ) but on the other hand she knows I love birds, and she knows it would be really good for me to set a goal like this and to work hard saving up for the money.

So, I'm not going to bug her about it. I'm going to let her think and give her time. Meanwhile, I'm going to look for a second job, research more on macaws, get more hours at the job I already have, and blab about it all here. LOL!

At the Bird Farm where I buy my birds and bird supplies, they have Greenwing Macaw eggs as well as Blue and Gold Macaw eggs right now. What I was thinking is, as my birthday is coming up soon, (July 11), I could ask my parents (if they agree to this, of course) if they could put in a deposit to hold one of the macaws. That way I'll be a couple hundred dollars into buying the bird already, and while I wait for them to hatch and become old enough to go home, I can save up money like crazy.

And, even if in the end my parents decide they don't want me buying a macaw while I live with them, I can still spend the summer saving up for a macaw and then put all the money away and use it when I move out, which should be in the next couple of years.

So, I'm excited! I will be contacting the Bird Farm soon to find out more about these eggs and how much a deposit will have to be.

What I'm already struggling with deciding is which kind of macaw I should purchase...a Greenwing, or a Blue & Gold? The Blue & Gold is $1200, and the Greenwing is $1600. I think if they were the same price, I'd go for the Greenwing, but as one is more expensive than the other, I have to consider that it will take more time/energy and if I'm racing against time to get the money before they are ready to go home, would it be better to settle with the cheaper macaw? In the future I might get a second macaw, which will probably be whichever one of these two I don't buy now (unless a Hyacinth somehow enters the picture, of course!!) So yeah...opinions? I also wanted to know how much of a size difference there is between the two macaws? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!



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Thats great Abby . I can't really be of any help since I've never seen a green wing in person. But if it was me I would probably go for the blue and gold, simply because I really like blue and golds, lol. Daisy will be able to give you some great info on both. Looking forward to pics if all goes well
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Thanks, Shannon. I'm extremely excited. I hope it all works out.



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There is a lot of difference between the two when it comes to size in my opinion. I mean b&g aren't small at all but green wings are as big and bigger than hyacinth macaws do they do military macaws? And have you looked into red fronted macaws? They're still big!

I think I may be getting a macaw in October but I wasn't going to post yet in case I was disappointed. My family are fine with it but I will have to save myself. If your parents don't want as much mess and they absolutely say no then ask about Hahns macaws

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I believe they do breed those macaws but they aren't currently available, and frankly, the only macaws I think I would ever consider getting are Hyacinth, B&G's, and Greenwings.

I just checked and the Bird Farm sells Blue & Gold, Scarlet, Greenwing, and Hahn's. They used to sell more if I remember correctly; I remember they used to sell Hyacinths for $8000 which is the cheapest I've ever seen them at.

But like I said, I've never had much interest in other macaws. :P And if I have to go somewhere other than the Bird Farm for them, well, I'm not sure if I want to do that. That's a lot of effort and work looking for a breeder or another store and there aren't any other bird stores in the area that I know of. The 'rents hate to drive far for bird-related stuff, LOL.

WAIT. I take that back! There are some hybrids I'd be interested in. Harlequins especially, but also Catalinas. The Bird Farm definitely does not have those, however.



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There's another bird farm by you I think but I'm not sure? They do all kinds! If you want a blue and gold AND a green wing then go for a harlequin. They have the sassy in your face attitude of a blue and gold but the sweetness of a hyacinth. They're very beautiful too!

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You are right, there's another "Bird Farm" but it's not necessarily by me. I mean it's in Ohio but it's quite a drive if I remember correctly. And with the Bird Farm close to me, I could visit my baby whenever I wanted, help handfeed him and all, take lots of baby pictures. That's really important to me. I want to be in my baby's life as much as possible.

Here's the Bird Farm close to me and what they sell:
http://sugarcreekbirdfarm.com/pricing/bird_prices

And here's the other Bird Farm. They sell a TON more, including Harlequins, but they look more expensive...
http://www.birdfarm.com/sale/



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Daisy- I just checked. That other Bird Farm is four and a half hours away from me.



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WHOAH! That's far that is the one I meant though

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Yeah I was surprised also! I thought it would have been closer. I would really like to visit it sometime and see what it's like, but it's not really a drive I could make casually, LOL. I am impressed by all of the birds they breed, however.

So..when it comes to the B&G vs. the Greenwing...I think I will ask the Bird Farm what's up, how many eggs they have, when they should hatch, etc.



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They take a very long time to wean. Just keep that in mind. You may have a lot more time than you think!

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Here is what it says on the Bird Farm's site: "Prices quoted are for 4-10 week old babies handfeeding 2-3x per day." Would this be different or longer for macaws?
I took Alex home at 3 handfeedings a day.



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They may be older than ten weeks... I dunno. They take a lot longer to grow because of their size but I mean 2 and a half months may be right to be fluffy with some feathers

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I sent the Bird Farm a message, not only asking about the babies but asking advice for which bird would be best. I actually sent it on Facebook to the owner's daughter, who I love, she's great! So it's a bit more personal, you know? Hopefully she'll give me a good and honest response. I'll let you know what she says.



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That's cool. I've been emailing a hawk head breeder about prices

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That would be amazing. You should definitely go for one of those, Daisy! How much do they go for in America? I've never seen one for sale!



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I think they're like 3000!

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Wow. :P And about how big are they?



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3 grand!
If I won the lottery I'm gonna buy a enough land to have a bird park!
Personally Abby I love b&g macaws.
My friends have 2.
They have no skirting boards, an inch off the top of every oor and its destruction city!
These are spoiled birds.
I think if you had a small but very sturdy aviary like birdtricks have for unsupervised time,
And firm rules from the outset you'll be onto a winner.
I'm a little jealous because I know I couldn't handle a macaw.
I hope your mum says yes. Maybe you could toilet train it too!

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I went into the Bird Farm today to buy seed. I also asked one of the owners. The Greenwings have hatched but they have not pulled them yet, and the Blue & Golds are eggs right now. Putting in a deposit is simply $100 for either of them, and he said it depends on the bird but it could take up to ten weeks to get to two hand feedings. I'm wondering if I will have enough time to save up. I probably will. I shouldn't worry too much. I like the owners, the owners like me, so I'm sure they'll hold the bird for me passed two handfeedings if I need it, especially if I'm making deposits and visiting the bird often. I have a strong feeling my parents are going to say yes as I also talked to my dad today, who took it seriously and didn't say no right away.



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