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Old 11-02-2014, 06:06 PM
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Help!! 4 month old macaw- breeder says I can take her home

It's me again! Thank you for all of your comments on my previous threads.. I haven't had the chance to go back and respond.
I do need your advice again!
I went to meet *my* parrot yesterday.. She is a scarlet macaw and was born June 27 2014.. She is such a sweetheart!! Super friendly, lays in your arms like a baby, isn't aggressive.. The breeder said that she eats seeds now but she continues to feed her using a syringe and that I would have to do it 2 times a day. I have never done this before and expressed my concern- she said that it is just something she does for comfort for the parrot and that her 3 year old even gets hand fed sometimes. My greatest fear is killing this parrot while I'm trying to care for it.. She said it is easy to hand feed and sent a video of her hand feeding *my* parrot. The parrot didn't bob it's head and flap it's wings like I've noticed them doing in other videos.. It was just very calm while eating (is this normal?)
The plan is that I pick up the parrot November 15th.. Now I have no problem doing te handfeeding (time and effort aren't the issues).. I just don't want to damage this parrot in anyway.. I have researched about it and saw lots of negative comments.


Also on a brighter note.. I am deciding between these2 names : Crayola or Skittles
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:08 PM
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Re: Help!! 4 month old macaw- breeder says I can take her home

So today she would be 4 months and 6 days old..
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:52 PM
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Re: Help!! 4 month old macaw- breeder says I can take her home

I'm sure more people will chime in on this! This is a pretty heated topic in which many of us have quite a passionate opinion about.

Check out this thread I posted a little while ago. You will find that the majority of us (including responses from experienced hand feeders) will say NO!!! Don't do it! This thread is long, but skim through it to get an idea why (or confirm your thoughts as to why we say it's best to not do it) unless you're already pretty experienced and confident at it and have done it enough times before.
Unweaned babies a trend these days?

No professional breeder should expect any customer (especially one not experienced in hand feeding) to finish the job on any species, let alone large macaws which are more of an advanced species to feed anyway. So much can go wrong. The link above is interesting, and I encourage you to read it when you get time
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:14 PM
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Re: Help!! 4 month old macaw- breeder says I can take her home

I just had a look through! Does it make a difference if she says the parrot is eating food normally? Do you think she is only saying that to comfort me?? She seemed like she really cared about all of her parrots..
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Re: Help!! 4 month old macaw- breeder says I can take her home

If you are not experienced at handfeeding and don't feel comfortable learning on a Macaw (very understandable!) then you should tell her that until he/she is fully weaned you want him to stay with her. I'm sure if you tell her your reasons she will understand
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:59 PM
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Re: Help!! 4 month old macaw- breeder says I can take her home

Well, she may care, and if she does, she evidently doesn't know enough about WHY the inexperienced customer shouldn't be finishing her job. Not all well meaning breeders are really experienced enough themselves as to all the dangers and mishaps that can happen.

I don't know how I missed it before, but I just saw the pic of the adorable babies! I love the colors of Scarlet macaws. One of my faves to look at
On the Aviator harness DVD, the Scarlet Macaw he uses as an example is named 'Crayola' also. That's cute. Good luck.

This forum has seemed a bit slow the past few days, but hopefully some experienced hand feeders, breeders, and macaw people will see this soon to give their input.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:16 PM
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Re: Help!! 4 month old macaw- breeder says I can take her home

I really would love to do it.. I am just nervous after researching and reading people's opinions!! I would do it if it was safe! I just don't want to hurt a helpless parrot.
She said at this age I won't kill her and that the parrot is eating fruits and veggies fine. She is really comforting me and making me feel like I can do it! I want to believe that she truly cares and doesn't just want the $ (I believe this in a way because she told me I didn't have enough time for a large parrot).. I told her I wasn't finished work til 6 and she assumed I worked 9-6... I work part time (7-9 and 2-6) I plan on spending all my time in between work with the parrot and also any time I have after work. The fact that she didn't want to sell it to me because of that really made me like her!
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:25 PM
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Re: Help!! 4 month old macaw- breeder says I can take her home

Yes I hope more people respond! I love this forum... So many helpful people
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Re: Help!! 4 month old macaw- breeder says I can take her home

RavensGryf has it right. A reputable breeder would not be trying to get an inexperienced person to take home a baby that is still being fed 2 feedings a day. This bird is not weaned. You only want to bring home this baby when it has been eating totally on it's own for a minimum of 2 weeks. Don't allow this person to shift the responsibility of weaning the baby onto you.
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Re: Help!! 4 month old macaw- breeder says I can take her home

Also I wanted to add that I just recently asked her more questions..
New info:
- breeder thinks the parrot might be weaned by pickup date (nov 15)
- parrot eats seeds.. doesn't like pellets
- parrot eats fruits and vegetables
- parrot eats unshelled nuts
- parrot flies a lot (not sure if this matters)
- breeder recommended I feed her twice.. 10 am and dinner time (20ml)

Does this info change anything?
Also hoping someone comments on the head bobbing I mentioned in my initial post!
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