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Old 12-30-2018, 05:31 PM
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Re: Cage free, who does it?

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She is flying around freely.

I got home one morning. My Altar got knocked out... Flowers pot/cups of water all on the floor... nothing broken.


She got busted and she flew to her cage hidden.


I have someone came over and create a daybed into her playground. things hanging on ceiling so she can fly there and play. Foods only in her cage so she can go eat and sleep..

Her cage has toys surrounding from inside and outside..


SHE IS A SPOILED BRAT... and I LOVE HER



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Old 12-30-2018, 07:55 PM
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Re: Cage free, who does it?

Julio is, to use Kiwi's mom's words, 'free range'!

- With great clarity, I do not recommend 'free range' lifestyle for everyone. It is very demanding and can be seriously dangerous for all.
- Regarding a cage; I do not recommend a true 'cage free' lifestyle as I believe that the Parrot needs to have a place to call their own and it provides a central 'Food Island and Poop Place,' which helps as a part of keeping the place clean.
- As a foundation, everything is earned! As you are aware, A strong bond is the foundation for near everything. Trust is just as important, when it comes to 'free range' status. The Adult Parrot has a proven pattern of a self-guided lifestyle. To get to this point, the Human(s) have over a long period of time provided a World that provides on-going activities and the Parrot has and continues to take great advantage of keeping busy and safe.
- A Parrot Safe Home. This is one of the most missed consideration when Humans start down this road.

The list goes on and on! The reality is that what you feel is natural and what you and your Parrot are ready for is likely very different.
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Re: Cage free, who does it?

Cage free, not free range.
I know for a fact that a young macaw can be taught to stay on a manzanita tree all day and not leave it, as long as the tree has everything it needs. My future tree will have security, space with many branches to climb, foraging toys and toys, a way to climb up in case it accidentally flies down, foods, water and more.
Then at night my macaw would go to a roosting (sleeping cage) cage in a separate room where it's safe, warm and quiet.

I just have to figure out how to attach the water and food bowls to a manzanita tree to make it macaw proof. I am trying to get ideas and advice's from this forum's members about keeping parrots cage free and how to secure the bowls and water bottle.

Many years ago these 2 young and happy macaws stayed on this tree and would not leave it. In fact they stayed on this tree while I went on a 1 week vacation with no problems. Their cages were arranged one on each side, doors bridge to the branches and I hired a trusted pet sitter that stopped by twice a day. Believe it or not these macaws were surprisingly quiet (except for once a day), healthy and happy
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Re: Cage free, who does it?

Quote: Originally Posted by Timneh View Post
Cage free, not free range.
I know for a fact that a young macaw can be taught to stay on a manzanita tree all day and not leave it, as long as the tree has everything it needs. My future tree will have security, space with many branches to climb, foraging toys and toys, a way to climb up in case it accidentally flies down, foods, water and more.
Then at night my macaw would go to a roosting (sleeping cage) cage in a separate room where it's safe, warm and quiet.

I just have to figure out how to attach the water and food bowls to a manzanita tree to make it macaw proof. I am trying to get ideas and advice's from this forum's members about keeping parrots cage free and how to secure the bowls and water bottle.

Many years ago these 2 young and happy macaws stayed on this tree and would not leave it. In fact they stayed on this tree while I went on a 1 week vacation with no problems. Their cages were arranged one on each side, doors bridge to the branches and I hired a trusted pet sitter that stopped by twice a day. Believe it or not these macaws were surprisingly quiet (except for once a day), healthy and happy
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That is a magnificent and likely expensive playpen! You should, with advice given and creativity, adapt it to hold food, water, treats, etc!
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Old 12-30-2018, 10:40 PM
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Re: Cage free, who does it?

Four of my birds are free-range. Three goffins and one TAG live in a bedroom converted to aviary. There are 3 cages always left open, 2 playpens, and "resources" in three locations to avoid competition. The only time any of them are locked in a cage is for a brief behavioral "time out." Thus far they have proven extremely trustworthy. (at one time there were six, so fairly large numbers can co-exist well)
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Re: Cage free, who does it?

LOL, trees are made of wood .. so just use stainless steel screws and the sky is the limit in what you can hang in/on them.


No bird will behave itself for ever- and macaws do not 'testbite' or 'nibble' like smaller birds: they go clean through anything electrical etc in one go.
A half eaten/demolished couch is a nice wake-up-call, a deep-fried / thouroughly shocked bird is not...


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I am all for birdrooms instead of cages, but unsupervised in the livingroom...not a good idea.
Get her an aviary
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:04 PM
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Re: Cage free, who does it?

Mine are only in their cages for sleep or when we have to leave them home alone. I work from home so they are mainly out of the cage on playstands or trees.

Be careful about leaving them unattended. Macaws can and have chewed through drywall, and easily destroyed windowsills and wood trims. And one bite on an electrical wire is all it takes...
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