Macaw Info Requested!

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Macaw Info Requested!

Post by Tina B » Tue, 27 Jan 1998 04:00:00



My boyfriend and I are getting a 3-year old blue/gold macaw this week.  It
comes with a huge (monkey) cage with lots of toys, and a perch with food and
water dishes for when it is outside the cage.  I'm so e***d!  But I've
never taken care of one before, or met anyone who has one, so we're
basically taking on this responsibility without any experience!  We would
really appreciate other macaw owners' advice or 'tricks of the trade'!

What treats could I give it?  What's the best way to teach it words,
sentences, whistles, and other tricks?  How long do they live (I've been
told 60 years, but I always thought they could live longer than that)?

I suppose I should add that we aren't total bird idiots - we have a baby
***atiel that we bred from a pair of***atiels we purchased a couple of
years ago - but there's such a size difference between a***atiel and a
macaw!  Any and all information is appreciated!

Thanks!
Tina

 
 
 

Macaw Info Requested!

Post by Winifred M. Li » Thu, 29 Jan 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

> My boyfriend and I are getting a 3-year old blue/gold macaw this week.  It
> comes with a huge (monkey) cage with lots of toys, and a perch with food and
> water dishes for when it is outside the cage.  I'm so e***d!  But I've
> never taken care of one before, or met anyone who has one, so we're
> basically taking on this responsibility without any experience!  We would
> really appreciate other macaw owners' advice or 'tricks of the trade'!

> What treats could I give it?  What's the best way to teach it words,
> sentences, whistles, and other tricks?  How long do they live (I've been
> told 60 years, but I always thought they could live longer than that)?

> I suppose I should add that we aren't total bird idiots - we have a baby
>***atiel that we bred from a pair of***atiels we purchased a couple of
> years ago - but there's such a size difference between a***atiel and a
> macaw!  Any and all information is appreciated!

> Thanks!
> Tina

 You could get the book Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot by Mattie Sue Athan.
It has some very good advice on how to manage a bird.

 Best wishes for a good adjustment eith your new friend.

Winnie and Tom, Herbie, Maggie, Elwood, and Swee'pea