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Old 04-08-2009, 06:54 AM
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it was about 3 months ago at this point ... but this was a day that I can't soon forget ... look at what I go to play with!

not many people get to have the World's largest parrot on their arm, but I did and it was completely awesome!

This is Cyrus, and Cy is only about 5 months old ... to kinda give you an idea about how big he is I am holding him and I am 5'9" and from head to feet he is as long as my chest ~ His tail went down past my knees! I was told that he would probably get about 50% larger than he is now by the time he is "full grown"

Gentle as they come, and just a 100% completely addicting bird. I will take two of these guys please (well, when I hit the Powerball jackpot!)
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:23 AM
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Re: A Hy high

Awesome!

But I'd hate to get bit by a guy like that. ... you didn't need that arm did you ...
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:47 AM
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Re: A Hy high

1600 psi bite pressure (no, I didn't need that arm thanks - you can have it ... ) is intimidating, (espically when I saw him bite a "quick link" in HALF while I was there) .. but the key is to make sure that they don't know that they can do it.

Cy actually put a little too much pressure on me at one point (just playfully not in an aggressive type of way) and I put him right down ...
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Old 04-08-2009, 12:05 PM
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Re: A Hy high

He will get 50% larger than that?! That's a HUGE
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:09 PM
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Re: A Hy high

yeah, should get to about 48 inches (head to toes) and almost 3 to 3.5 pounds in weight ... there is a reason these guys are called "Gentle Giants"
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Re: A Hy high

Just thinking about that bite force...

You better ask him REALLY nice to stay in his cage. Either that or use 1 inch thick titanium rods for cage bars.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:28 PM
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Re: A Hy high

Surgical Stainless Steel cages are the only recommended cages for a Hyacinth Macaw ... everything else is just an expensive chew toy.
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:46 PM
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Re: A Hy high

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Surgical Stainless Steel cages are the only recommended cages for a Hyacinth Macaw ... everything else is just an expensive chew toy.
Stainless steel is actually one of the least strong varieties of steel. Its major virtue is that it is rust-resistant, not that it is so strong. I can see using stainless because it does not need to be powder coated though.... most large macaws can chew powder coating off.

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Old 04-11-2009, 01:49 PM
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Re: A Hy high

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I saw him bite a "quick link" in HALF while I was there
A STEEL quick link? A Hyacinth's beak material isn't hard enough to bite through steel, even if their jaw muscles are.
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:29 AM
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... A STEEL quick link? A Hyacinth's beak material isn't hard enough to bite through steel, even if their jaw muscles are.
It was the same type of quick link that one would use to hang toys in a cage, he had it in his mouth (took it off of one of his toys) and bit down and *snap* two halves when flying in separate directions.

Now, whether that link was already weakened or not I don't know for sure but I do know that I watched him do it and and I watched him open nuts like it was nothing ... it was kinda intimidating if he hadn't been such a mush ball!
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