The cons of a macaw:
Macaws screaming - YouTube
- turn that up as loud as you can then and then imagine it x10
Scarlet macaws, though they shouldn't be generalized, are known to be the most aggressive macaw species once they hit maturity. Most people cannot go anywhere near them due to their 'nipping'. Keep in mind a macaws bite ends up a little something like this... http://www.macaws-forsale.com/files/...8991705ff5.JPG
If your birds currently do not live with you now, and I won't ask why, then do you realistically have the time for an older macaw who is going to need working on? I ask this because before I take on birds I have to think about what is going to happen in the future and because of my birds I have had to leave a lot. My family intend on moving from the UK to Florida however because it is SO difficult for me to move the birds and I'd have to go and become an apprentice falconer to keep my current raptors I am not willing to do it. A macaw would take up all of your time. I recently kept two Hahn's macaws for a friend and they're extremely demanding, regardless of being very, very small! They're also extremely loud. If you hear a Hahn's macaw scream in person you can only imagine how loud a larger macaw can actually get! And could those little things pack a punch when they'd had enough of you. You will be literally planning your life around that bird, so please keep that in mind. Think of it as like having a kid (or another kid... I don't remember if you have said before!) who your neighbours will get you thrown out for if that kid got too loud. Like a teenager playing really loud music all the time
A macaw can and will destroy everything it touches
they have one BIG beak and that big beak will have a great time wrecking your walls!
Another thing is, yet again about the beak, if one of your smaller birds was to land on that cage they don't have a good chance of coming back off it the same way they went on. I was reading before elsewhere that someone's green cheek conure had landed on the cage of a scarlet macaw (I'm positive it was a scarlet) and the poor person heard a loud crunch. With the tiniest touch that conures beak was shattered. A scarlet macaw can kill your birds with the blink of an eye if you're not careful and nobody wants that to happen to you!
The pros of a macaw:
You could have an extremely loving, gentle, quiet scarlet macaw who you're going to have no trouble with what so ever!
To make the move easier I highly recommend that once s/he gets there that you put him/her straight into the cage with food and water and a couple of toys and perches (not too many yet you don't want to spook them) and leave them for the next day. For about a week just go in to change food and water. After that start staying in there after you have done these things. Just sit there and talk but don't make too much eye contact. Once the bird doesn't back up when you walk into the room, try handing him/her a nice treat. Although I haven't tried a training diet yet, I do recommend you watch this video because you could find it extremely helpful
How To Set Up Your Parrot's Training Diet - YouTube
I have found that trick training with birds who aren't hand tame and working with them to become hand tame can be very rewarding and fun! Get a clicker and target, you'll have a new best friend just from doing some basic tricks like touch training
this should help with the nipping anyways. Always respect your birds space though!
I can imagine that an older macaw can bond with anybody at any point BUT the things affecting these birds is it's past. Do you know anything about it's previous experiences with people? An abused and neglected bird will be most likely very fearful and so fear may look like aggression to somebody who doesn't know how to read a macaw
I'm sorry for being another to rain on the parade but you need to know this stuff waaaaaaay before even considering a macaw because nobody wants you to have to rehome the bird in the future because of the most common reasons. We don't want you or the bird being upset
Let us know what you decide though! Either way we'll support the decision