I need help from experienced macaw owners please!
Posted 09 August 2011 - 02:21 PM
I'm considering getting a blue & gold macaw during the next month. My only concern is the noise. Everyone keeps warning me from the screaming and yelling and that it cannot be tolerated inside a house. But still I do live in a villa and I guess it would be okay? Can anyone please guide me to the right direction regarding this matter? Also are there any other potiential macaw problems?
Posted 09 August 2011 - 06:58 PM
If you've close neighbors, or a noise sensitive family member, yes they can cause problems.
Mine doesn't yell all that much, but when he does, he ca raise the roof.
If this is to be your first bird, I'd meet some Macaws before making this decision. Macaws are bluffers, and have it down to a science. That huge beak can be terrifying to the uninitiated. They can destroy a chair in a matter of minutes if they are out unsupervised.
They are a lot of bird for a first time bird owner. Research, and research some more. They can live up to around 80 years also. They change your life.
Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:13 PM
So their beaks are that strong? I didn't know that...
They can destroy a chair in a matter of minutes if they are out unsupervised.
I've been researching for well over a 6 months now and I'm getting attracted to the Blue & Gold more and more.
Do you have any advice or precautions to first time bird owners as myself?
Posted 09 August 2011 - 09:04 PM
Landing Foundation and they had wide open spaces but continued to pluck, once they start it very hard to get them to stop. Keep searching the internet for information to find out if that is the bird for you.
Posted 10 August 2011 - 12:10 AM
Own your own home....apartments and Macaws don't mix well.
Have a strong personality.....many of your friends and family will not like your bird. You must for always protect and cherish your feathered buzzsaw no matter what.
More marriages have broken up over large parrots than I care to think about.
Are you settled in life? If so, is your other half/children also wanting such a bird?
If you're not, think of the future. A Macaw that come with you as a package deal, may scare many suitors off!
Posted 10 August 2011 - 01:23 PM
Becky hit it on the head with all her points! :-)
Posted 10 August 2011 - 01:32 PM
Lol, they are not exactly canaries their noise is not music to human ears.
My first question is why are you considering a macaw? Did you recently meet one that you liked? Did you read something about them? Or, is it based on appearance, etc.
An important point to keep in mind is that a macaw, or any bird, will behave differently in your home than what you are experiencing at the store, breeders, etc.
I’d advise you to carefully look into which bird would be the best “fit” for your lifestyle. Not necessarily the biggest or the brightest bird. A lot of people think of the larger parrots as the “pinnacle” of bird ownership and so often it becomes their dream bird. Well, let me tell you, the smaller birds, right down to the budgie, have all the love and personality than anyone could want.
Is your home attached to neighbors? If so, based on your living situation, you could also consider a medium sized bird, maybe with less noise potential, greater independence level (if it’s going to be only your bird), etc. Again, it’s about “fit” not the size of the bird as it can mean the difference between heartache and a great relationship.
Speaking from my experience, macaws are very intelligent, can be loving and curious but also very energetic, (when younger are needy and will scream for you a lot), assertive, and like to play rough (which can be fun, annoying or even painful to us). Physical playing is a juvenile tendency in all, even human, animals and coincides with brain development and is said to promote intelligence. So, don’t deny any (young) bird physical play.
You asked about noise so you need to understand that noise comes from your bird’s need for social attachment. They constantly maintain contact with each other in the wild. Social needs are as important as food and water and when denied can lead to life long mental issues. Just like human children that grow up unloved from infancy (they sway back and forth in their cribs, etc.). It’s the same stereotypical motions that animals with poor welfare show. Not to scare you but you must be able to meet your pet’s social needs. In my case, I have a wife that equally loves our birds and so between the two of us the get a decent amount of attention (still never enough it seems).
If noise is a potential issue then seriously consider another speices. The larger birds are frequently rehomed due to noise issues.
Posted 10 August 2011 - 02:08 PM
I haven't looked at any other parrot species. Can you recommend some?
Posted 10 August 2011 - 07:32 PM
Many are wonderful, and some might fit into your parents home more easily.
At 18, a Macaw is an iffy purchase. My 'young adult' daughters hate the noise mine makes. He seems to sound off during their TV shows, and phone conversations. They're also terrified of him, and he makes the most of the situation. In an emergency, they'd not be able to do anything with him. I'd take you parents with you to an aviary just so they can hear the different sounds parrots can make. Help them to know what they're getting into!
Posted 10 August 2011 - 10:49 PM
You're still young and have just begun to learn about them. Given what you've already posted I really think you should wait on any pet.
Posted 10 August 2011 - 11:17 PM
Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:46 AM
My 'starter' bird is my smallest, and still the first in my heart. My Macaw had to share my love when he finally joined my little flock.
Have you thought of another species while you're starting your life? Many of the smaller parrots are easier to move with, easier to handle, not as loud or destructive, and are a great introduction to living with birds. You'll find you love your first, just as much as that Macaw you'll some day have.
Who knows, your parents may just fall in love with it too.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:55 AM
My first bird ever is Olive - a greenwing macaw. I started researching macaws when I was about 21 years old (boyfriend wanted one, I was scared of them and wanted a dog). That changed over the years as I learned more about them and saw some in real life (never had even seen one before!) My first choice was a blue and gold, but after researching I decided on the Greenwing pretty quick. I waited 8 years to get her. For never owning a bird I had a ton to learn. Also in my early 20s I would move every few years, I worked full time, attend college, and worked part-time jobs on top of regular jobs - didn't even have time or space for a dog, let alone a macaw.
I am glad I waited until the time was right to get Olive. I just turn 30 this month and got her the end of last year. She was well worth the wait. You never know what changes could happen in your life, and you need to make sure your parrot will fit seamless into whatever could happen. Even at 30 I am dealing with changes in my life (boyfriend and I broke up after 10 years together, starting graduate school next month) but I can maintain the life Olive deserves because I waiting until I had enough going for me on my own that I can care for her no matter what. Olive is out of her cage 6-10 hours a day and needs constant supevision when out. It also costs a small fortune to feed, entertain, house her.
And just a note on the sound. They can be crazy loud. I own a single-family house and installed new contruction windows last summer - when she starts screaming, I can hear her at the end of the driveway.
Olive - Greenwing Macaw - DOH: 04-10-10
Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:52 PM
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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:54 AM
I believe also that these are birds and as such they are designed to fly so all my birds are flighted and are fully capable of flight, that means that I have to also change my house and surroundings to accommodate them and their natural abilities. You cannot get complacent with these over intelligent creatures.
Ya wait a few years until you know that you will be settled in your life solidly, you have GOT to be prepared for the beauties. Hannah is a lot of work for me but I have dedicated my life to taking care of her no matter what she destroys, how loud she gets, or how expensive she may be, but............she is worth every bit of it all. I I walk into the house and I can already hear her screaming from several hundred yards out for me, when I open the door she greets me with a "Hi" and/or "Hello" and wants out of her cage right away. When I have treats out she will fly over to me and land on my shoulder wanting a piece of the goody. She will cuddle up to me and show others that I am her significant other by poofing up an lunging and bluffing other family members(although the family members know that she is just bluffing)
This bird is my everything second to my wife and child, but it is constant hard work, the reward is worth it though.
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