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Old 04-22-2019, 04:28 PM
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I "rescued" Charlie last year. He's a challenge. He was found in a dead woman's home, locked in a back bedroom, in a small dog cage. He was covered in feces and his colors were muted. The deceased's son said Charlie was 31 years old and he didn't know his name. Just that he was cantankerous and very loud.

I can handle him a bit. I have to use a stick most of the time. He allows me to "scratch" him while he's on the stick and through the cage, but he lunges frequently. I just know there is a kind and loving bird in there, but I lack the experience to find him. I'm in Central Virginia.
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Old 04-22-2019, 04:54 PM
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Re: Rehoming B&G Macaw

This has to be hard!
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Re: Rehoming B&G Macaw


If you are used to an african grey a macaw is something completely different.
(been there, doing that)
So I hear you!


Sorry to read he has not come around as much as he could- mine only started being more parotty a few months ago but was not always very nice to work with for at least 8 months, but she started out as reasonably tame in the first place.... so I can imagine you being at the end of your tether with this guy.

Macaws will lunge (it part of their communication/ they love to bluf) but if a lunge is always followed by a true bite (or even a chomp that does not break the skin but still bruises a lot of tissue) it just is no fun handling that parrot.
(Sunny is not that bad, but I have not had whole, unbroken skin for as long as I 've had her in my house.)



You tried your best- and maybe if you tried another year or so he might turn around, on the other hand if you feel : "this is it, I can do no more" I totally respect that: you know your bird and more important you know you!


I asume your CAV etc. were not much help?
(Sometimes it helps it someone can talk you through certain behaviours and help you cope.)


Anyway- whatever you decide: thank you so much for being there for him when he really needed a home and I hope there will be someone to help you (both) in your journeys ahead!
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Old 04-22-2019, 05:49 PM
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Re: Rehoming B&G Macaw

There aren't any true CAV's around here. Rural VA. I was able to find one that would consider seeing avian, but only if they were very tame. So a no go for Charlie.

I had always prided myself on being a "bird" girl. I've always had birds, but Charlie has truly tested me. If I devote hours a day to him, he gets better, but I honestly just don't have the time to do that. Does anybody, honestly?

And between writing my initial post and this reply my husband was just notified that he will likely be laid off...again. I am literally typing this through tears. It's just too much.

I appreciate your response and your lack of judgment. I truly do.
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Re: Rehoming B&G Macaw

So sad, B&G's so beautiful, and most are charactors with good hearts. If I lived closer I might be tempted.
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Old 04-22-2019, 10:21 PM
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Re: Rehoming B&G Macaw

I and my fiance are in rural Kentucky- not too far from you. I have never had my own Macaw before, but I have worked with a few at the parrot shop and have rescued and/or adopted "previously loved birds" before.... two of which were amazon parrots. Not the same as a macaw, but I figured I would mention them since I currently only have small parrots and didn't want you to think I am without large bird experience... One of the amazons was quite old, and passed away from a stroke. The other I had to rehome when fleeing an abusive domestic situation.


I also am not afraid to ask for advice from those who know more than me, and I am not too prideful to accept that advice or to admit when I am wrong.


I think I would be willing to take him in, or at least to talk to you more and see if we would be a good fit for Charlie.



Does he know the name Charlie? Might be a little confusing at first to juggle 2 Charlies under 1 roof(cat is named Charlie), but I think as far as potential issues go, that one is minor.


I know how sometimes it can seem life just throws at you everything it has got, but hang in there! Some of the best times in my life have come after very, very dark times.



My fiance is going to look for a job outside the home to help us get started, but I stay at home, and the goal is for him eventually to do so also. We own 60+/- acres and want to support ourselves farming and raising "exotic" animals. Parrots(Charlie would be a pet though, and not be bred), reptiles, equines, etc, as well as some traditiinal homesteading type stuff (goat milk soap, hatching eggs and poultry of various ages and types, etc etc etc).


Charlie would start out in the house full time, but we have plans for very large and very nice outdoor aviaries, which he would be free to enjoy in nice weather if he was not afraid. I am currently laid up with a broken foot, and for the next several months, I have nothing *but* time, and would be completely willing to spend that time sitting near and speaking with a frightened or shy bird.



I am no stranger to special needs birds, traumatized birds, or "older" birds. And, not to get too personal, I have personally been thru some dark things and traumas(diagnosed with Post traumatic stress disorder). Charlie's story speaks to me, and my fiance supports me when it comes to birds(just confirmed with him it would be alright to make this offer).


And I know how hard it is to give up a bird. If we end up adopting him from you, we would love to stay in touch to send photos, updates, and to ask questions about his past.



Sent from my phone, please forgive typos or weird formatting.
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:32 AM
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Re: Rehoming B&G Macaw

Apologies for my very late response. I tried to PM you, but the system won't let me. Can you PM me?
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Re: Rehoming B&G Macaw

Ah, I see the issue. You have only made 11 posts on the site, I think PMs open at the 20 post mark. Hmm, I wonder if a kindly mod will come along soon to act as a go-between for us to message...
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Re: Rehoming B&G Macaw

Bug-N-Flock you are my hero!

I sure hope this works out for all.
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Re: Rehoming B&G Macaw

I hope so too. Mr. Bug and I are quite excited. We will have to order a few things since all of our toys and accessories are for small birds, with a few exceptions that are for Amazon sized birds. We have some bird toy parts that I could make toys for a large bird from, but these would be shredded in short order(plain pizza boxes and takeout containers, seagrass mats, etc I was planning to stuff with crinkle paper for use in small bird aviaries, but could make these big beak appropriate and of course, order more toys and supplies appropriate for beaks larger than a budgies').

But of course, first we need to make sure we would be a good fit for Charlie. But excitement is in no short supply around here.



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ETA: pizza boxes and takeout containers and popcorn cups are from a bird toy part store, not from leftovers lol
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