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Old 12-20-2013, 09:59 AM
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Large Macaw & Mini Macaw compatibility?

Well, we did it. Considering that I am still deeply mourning the loss of our baby amazon, Bacci, I am a little embarrassed to declare, that we have welcomed another bird into the family. I do not want anyone to feel that we take our role as parents, caretakers and providers lightly. That is not the case. We love parrots so much, and on a recent trip to the breeders for toys, my boyfriend and a three month old Military Macaw fell in love with one another.

He is a beautiful, sweet, BIG baby. In contrast to Loki, our Yellow Collared Macaw, he looks alarmingly TREMENDOUS. He is very gentle, and loves to lick my face (weirdo?).

We are keeping them separated, for obvious reasons. My question, for all of you more experienced bird owners is, should we NEVER let them get near each other. Will the fact that they are both Macaws mean anything in terms of how they relate/communicate? The size difference has made me very wary of ever allowing them to be near each other. Although he seems gentle, one bite from him could kill her.

Any advice, experience and opinion will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Large Macaw & Mini Macaw compatibility?

You forgot to tell us WHAT type of big mac you welcomed into your home. Many congrats, and no, nobody will think you take your role as a parront lightly, I assure you.

I know how deeply upset you are about the loss of your Bacci. HUGS!!!

Is this new baby the Military you spoke of not long ago??

There is no way of telling if your 2 will ever be friends. It's possible, but not guaranteed, even though they are both macaws.

My big macs only want to do one thing to my Amazons...and it's the opposite of "play".
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:10 AM
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Re: Large Macaw & Mini Macaw compatibility?

Yes, he is a Military. I was talking about him, when I asked about the clicking noise, which has greatly subsided.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:10 AM
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Re: Large Macaw & Mini Macaw compatibility?

I hope Birdman comments here. He stated that Military Macaws can be nippy, so he may change as he gets older. I assume with proper training, he will be gentle, but I'm not a macaw expert.
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Re: Large Macaw & Mini Macaw compatibility?

Quote: Originally Posted by BirdyMomma View Post
Yes, he is a Military. I was talking about him, when I asked about the clicking noise, which has greatly subsided.
Oh that is just TOO awesome!!! Got any pics for us....please??????
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:51 AM
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Re: Large Macaw & Mini Macaw compatibility?

So happy for you that you have welcomed a new bird to your family. I think that is a testament to how you loved Bacci that you allowed another in to love. I don't have any advice, but just wanted to say how thrilled I am for you
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:13 PM
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Re: Large Macaw & Mini Macaw compatibility?

I don't have advice regarding your question, but I wanted to say congratulations on your new baby and I don't think you should feel embarassed by bringing in another fid into your family- there are no rules stating anything is "too soon" or "not soon enough"....when the time is right, it's right...and you're the only one who determines when that is.
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Re: Large Macaw & Mini Macaw compatibility?

I want to offer my congrats also on your new baby I also hope that they do learn to be friends with each other, that just makes life easier. As other's have already stated, we'd love to see a pic - I wonder why they call them 'military'? lol
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Re: Large Macaw & Mini Macaw compatibility?

I have a soft spot for militaries. Congrats!
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Old 12-20-2013, 09:46 PM
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Re: Large Macaw & Mini Macaw compatibility?

Thank you so much, everyone, for your supportive comments. After Bacci's death, included in the horrible sequence of emotions was embarrassment. I will always hold myself responsible for the series of events which lead to the accident. I was, and still am dealing with feelings of guilt. I did not want the parrot parent community to think I was irresponsible, or an unfit parent. I have accepted responsibility for what happened, and I deal with it on a daily basis. His tragic passing has made me a more cautious parent.
I will include photos of our big fella ASAP. We have not thought of an appropriate name as of yet, and no one will let me name him GENERAL MACAWTHUR, which I think is an awesome name for a military macaw!!!
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