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Hello everyone =). My name is Heather and I am from Chicago, IL. Right now I currently do not own any pets although I have been desperately searching for a Green wing or a Blue and Gold Macaw. If anyone has one that they need to rehome please let me know I am willing to travel. Also if anyone has owned a GreenWing or a Blue and Gold and would like to tell me about their personal experiences owning one I would appreciate it. Thanks guys =)
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welcome to the group is this going to be your first bird or have you had bird experience in the past?

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I worked at Petsmart for three years and have worked with some of the birds there, plus some of my family members have a lot of birds that I have worked with and handled.
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Welcome to the forum! What types of birds have you worked with and handled? Have you spent any time with the species that you are considering?

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I have not spent anytime with the species I am considering getting I have just done a ton of research and purchased books.
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I am in no way trying to discourage you or say you are not capable of owning a macaw as a first time bird, but.....owning a bird is a lot more different than handling a bird for a few hours. It's kind of like the difference of babysitting kids for a few hours or raising them . Because, especially the larger parrots, are like perpetual children with power tool mouths . Speaking of kids....what stage of your life are you in. Making a commitment to own such a large, long-lived species is not to be taken lightly. Are you where you are going to live for the next 30-50 yrs or is there a possibility that you will move. Finding a place to live with a macaw is a little more difficult than with a smaller bird (just the physical space alone, forget about the destructive power of such a bird). You might have loads of time now to spend with your bird, but will it most likely be like this for the birds projected life span? And if not, do you have a backup plan?

Again, I am not saying you shouldn't get a macaw, but sometimes you can research all the info on behavior, personalities, cage and diet requirements, but you have to ask yourself can you honestly deal with the loudness, the destructiveness, and the longevity of such a bird.

For example, I love amazon parrots (especially the blue-fronted, lilac-fronted and double yellow heads). My family owned one for a couple of years when I was a teenager and I loved that bird. Right now, I am pretty stable (house, husband, kids finally school aged ) and I have the room and financial ability to get one. However, I don't think my husband would appreciate a bird that could remove the door moldings faster than he can put them up and my kids are not mature enough to leave the bird alone when in a mood. Also, right now I don't think I could deal with that--it's not like the bird is ever going to outgrow being loud or chewing up the furniture. Maybe in the future (like when the kids move out )

A macaw is beautiful and intelligent and a great companion, but they are big step (plunge) into bird keeping. Is there a particular reason for a large macaw? (they do come in "mini" versions )

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Well I am 21, I live with my boyfriend, he works all night as a truck driver so I do not work. I am home all day and all night so I have plenty of time on my hands, I want to do a lot of training with the bird, and harness train. I have had dogs, cats, fish, and an iguana before I moved here and now my boyfriend and I are ready for a macaw. I just am not attracted to small bird/animals. I have always been that way even when I had dogs I always liked the larger breeds. Have you had a macaw before? if so maybe you can tell me about your experience. I would appreciate it =)
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I also do not have any kids or animals right now.
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Oh no, no macaws for me, I can't stand their squawks . I had an indian ringneck for a about 20 yrs (and that was another noisy bird ) so when she died I wanted a quiet bird, that wasn't very destructive--since my irn was limited to her free flight time since she would try to destroy things she wasn't supposed to. That kind of limited me to the smaller birds, so I ended up with the almost perfect linnie (lineolated parakeets)--they would be perfect if they came in three sizes s, m, l, like poodles .

It's just, that when my IRN died, I kind of had many possibilities open to me, since I have a large cage (4ftx4ftx2ft) which could house anything from budgie to amazon. However the larger parrots (larger than a small conure) usually require a life-altering commitment to their management (it's not like getting a large dog...which is essentially a small dog that requires more space). The larger birds need more interaction, more space, more expensive toys, more expensive food, etc. etc., for a much LONGER time. Also, the destructive power of these animals isn't to be taken likely..I know I don't have anything of value that I would mind if the animals/kids messed up or broke, but I would feel different if the dogs chewed up the baseboards or my kids took a screwdriver and removed the moldings from my window or started to peel the wallpaper from the walls, or pulled all the keys from your keyboard in about 30s or ate all the buttons off the remote control (a favorite of my amazon a long time ago)....these are things the larger parrots can do. You might not mind, but will your landlord....or your future landlord......

Sometimes in the excitement to get a new pet, we forget to consider these logistical aspects to pet owning (I know I was guilty of it when I was younger ). Just bringing these up as something to think about.

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Just wanted to add my two cents. Years ago, my husband and I knew a couple who owned a very small bird shop out of their home. When we first went to visit their shop, I had never seen a macaw in person (l was involved in showing Great Danes, and not interested in birds then). Before she took us to the room where she kept the macaws, she warned us to be very careful about our fingers and not to touch the birds, as their were very capable of surgically removing us from our fingers. From the look of her shredded smock, I believed every word she said. She led us to the closed door and from the noises coming from behind that door, l was convinced I was going to have a face to face encounter with Godzilla. Inside the room looked like Godzilla had just attacked Tokyo. The huge wood perch looked like one of my Danes had chewed it, the room looked like she kept tazmanian devils as pets. And in the midst of the carnage and wreakage serenely sat two of the most beautiful macaws I had ever seen. As our friend calmly took one of the macaws and placed him on her shoulder, I understood how her smock got into the condition it was as he began shredding it in front of us. He was a gorgeous bird but I was very happy to go home to my Danes!

Maybe you could try foster homing a macaw on a trial basis first?


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I know a woman with a B&G macaw. She has had it since he was an egg. He is extremely territorial of her daughter but was a great pet when her daughter wasn't around. He is now 14 years old and unfortunately she has to rehome him to a breeder because he has become too hormonal for them to keep. Not too long ago he got their Moluccan C2 in a head lock and almost killed it...a bird that he used to get along with. She has aquirred some pretty grusome scars over the years from that bird. I know one other woman with a female B&G macaw that is very friendly but cannot really be held by other people. That bird is 4 yrs old I believe.

Those are the only two people I have met that own one. Gorgeous birds, but they consume your life in my opinion. I could never make that commitment. Little birds for me! I know it is easier said than done, but you should try finding someone that has one so you can spend some time with one. Or fostering like Sparrow suggested.

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a few days ago I spent looking at different rescues for the birds, I emailed them asking if they would allow me to foster their macaw and just about every one of them said no because it would be too stressful to come to my home and get used to me then go to someone elses home to stay. My house is animal proof all my living room has in it is a couch and a tv I never bought nice things for the house because I knew I would get a large bird. My boyfriend will be building the cage for the bird, he wants to build one that will allow the bird to fly in.
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I have seen quite a few people that are fostering birds, I'll keep trying to foster one hopefully they will finally let me, still waiting for a few emails back though =)
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welcome to the group i myself also am a new member maybe we can help each other out ones in a wile any way welcome to the form
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My house is animal proof all my living room has in it is a couch and a tv I never bought nice things for the house because I knew I would get a large bird. My boyfriend will be building the cage for the bird, he wants to build one that will allow the bird to fly in.
I would love to see pictures of the cage building process...just make sure you use strong enough materials Hyacinth Macaw destroys cage - YouTube

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This is too funny, but I can understand him.
It's a tiny cage for such a big macaw.


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Hello everyone =). My name is Heather and I am from Chicago, IL. Right now I currently do not own any pets although I have been desperately searching for a Green wing or a Blue and Gold Macaw. If anyone has one that they need to rehome please let me know I am willing to travel. Also if anyone has owned a GreenWing or a Blue and Gold and would like to tell me about their personal experiences owning one I would appreciate it. Thanks guys =)
Hi Heather,
I too am from Chicago. I just wanted to introduce myself. The second Saturday of each month in Rolling Meadows is a Bird fair. They have all sorts of parrots there to buy. They are breeders and their prices are less than the pet stores. they also have cages, and supplies too. I have six parrots, parrotlets, lovebirds and one Sun conure. They also have Rescue Birds there too. I belong to the association and its a lot of fun to get together and talk about birds.

Good luck in your search Parrots Rule.

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Thanks, have done ALOT of research on building a cage want to build a walk in cage.
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