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post #1 of 8 Old 07-23-2009, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Parrot owners! Advice please!

I've been looking online for not only macaws but different types of parrots for sale. I currently have a Senegal parrot, whom I love dearly.

I would love to know what the downside is to owning a macaw. The one I'm looking at now needs to be saved. The lady said she hasn't taken the bird out of its cage for a long time. I'm a huge believer is rescuing animals. The animals that people say have no hope. I'm willing to devote all my time and energy to try and get this bird back into great shape mentally and physically.

The add I'm looking at now says "For sale is a proven, prolific, quiet and very gentle greenwing hen. She is an excellent mother and an all around nice bird. She is not destructive at all, even when she is out of her cage. Her only vice is she plucks her belly and shoulders bald. She is nice, but does not step up and has not been handled in a very long time. If someone had A LOT of patience, she may be able to be a pet again, but I am selling her as a breeder because I cannot be sure she would become a suitable pet to be handled."

I'm NOT looking to breed her, I'm looking for a forever friend. Even if it takes months or years for her to come back to normal. I know the ad and the picture look bad but what do you think? Please post or email me at

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-23-2009, 01:39 PM
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I would guess that a lot of her plucking comes from boredom (not being out of the cage/handled for some time) and/or stress (being used for "prolific" breeding, not being happy in the current home, etc). Given what you said about the life you wish to provide her, I think she would do well for you.
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-23-2009, 01:40 PM
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How old is the bird?
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I couldn't tell you, I emailed the owner and asked her if she would take a down payment to hold her for me until I get the money for her (I spent my "rainy day" money on an emergency vet bill). Mind you, that bird has been for sale for a long time now. Because she isn't a far drive I was planning to meet her in person and ask her all those questions. Macaws live for a long time so as long as she's healthy and is UTD with the vet I really wouldn't mind her if she was an older bird.

About the feather plucking, I was thinking the same thing.
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i saw a program with Dr Harry on it fixing the same problem. the bird was plucking his own feathers because he had nothing natural to chew. all he had was unatural toys made of plastic. does he have anything to chew on like cuttle fish, leaves, twigs ect? i don't own one but it was on the program, thought it might help you.

anyway, she will look like a cute macaw once those feathers grow back.

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Downsides is that they live very long, are very noisy, and their bites can be really bad. They need lots of human attention and care and this bird I would say is special needs. It's going to take a lot to get her to be "normal" and she may never be fully trusting or friendly depending on her situation. They are also quite expensive, and at least around here it's fairly difficult to find a vet used to working on exotics like her and someone to take care of her if you have to go out of town.

I think if you can provide for her physically, emotionally, and financially, it sounds like she would have a good home. Birds do bond quite strongly though so I'd be hesitant if you planned to do something like rehab her and re home her because though it can be done, she seems like she's had enough stress already.
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Thanks everyone, all opinions are appriciated.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-25-2009, 08:28 PM
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Oh, yes. VERY messy. Parrots in general are messy, but Macaws? Ha!

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