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Old 08-06-2017, 05:50 AM
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I have been researching parrots to no end, and decided I wanted to go the shelter route for my new bird. I have previous bird experience and lots of free time. Upon visiting the shelter to see if I connect with any of the birds I met a scarlet macaw who I instantly meshed with! I went over and he said "up up up!" and he climbed right up on my arm. I had no idea this bird was extremely aggressive to everyone else that even walked by him, but he seems to have taken a real liking to me (feeling being mutual). By the end of yesterday he was evening lifting his wings for me and letting me scratch under the the wings.

I've become quite enamored by the big guy, and am going to head back to the shelter all day today to help volunteer again and hang with this handsome boy. He's been at the shelter a long time and my heart flutters at the idea of being able to give him a much better life of attention, patience, love, and lots of home made goodies. But I also worry because I hear how nippy scarlet's are, and apparently aggressive? I'm going to be going back a lot, but I decided to fill out the application last night and I really would love to hand it in today! What are your thoughts? What are some important questions I should ask the shelter?
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:36 AM
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Re: Possibly adopting Scarlet Macaw

Wow, congrats on being chosen, really great. Will look for updates from you.

Questions, foods he will eat, sleep schedule, why is he at the rescue/past history, what is he like with people on the whole, preferences and dislikes, Avian Vet recommendation or it he already registered with one now? Are there any medical issues? Is he flighted or clipped? Will he go in a cage or is he free all the time?

It may be if he has been there a long time he has got used to the comings and goings and will find a home environment difficult to adjust to? Will they let you bring him back on days you volunteer for an trip out?
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He's been there for a long time, is my understanding. They have trouble with him because no one is able to handle him, he goes after everyone. That's why they were surprised when I was holding and petting him. He did nail my arm pretty bad, but we need to build trust so I'm not to worried about that on this tree play gym he loves (I'm thinking about investing in one for him). I'm hoping with a home routine where he actually gets handled a bunch and loved he will show me more of his sweet side, I know it's hiding in there.
He's around 12yo I believe. They don't like taking him out of the cage because it's very hard for them to get him back in, but they had him out that day. I also have a GREAT avian vet like 5 minutes from me, amazingly enough! Those are great questions!! I'll ask today and post my findings
They said I'd be able to bring him back in 1-2 months if it doesn't work out. I have the Prevue Hendryx silverado cage coming in about a week and I'm going out today to buy tons of toys. I'll post pics of the set-up when the cage comes!
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Re: Possibly adopting Scarlet Macaw

you may find this useful Big Beak O Phobes Guide to Understanding Macaw Beaks...

Please do much research before bringing him home, realise that there is no place for rose tinted glasses? I am cheering you on but would prefer that you are a forever home and not a trampoline back to the rescue which really will not help him in the long run don't you think?

Love to see pics and what is his name?
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Old 08-06-2017, 07:19 AM
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100% I agree with you! I've really fallen for this guy, so I can't imagine a situation where I bring him back. I've read that article It was amazingly helpful. Not sure exactly how to do the beak push though..His name is Joey I have pics on my phone, I'll take more today at the shelter and post them Maybe some videos too! He does this amazingly cute trick where he takes his rubber ducky (He loves rubber ducks) throws it on the ground and goes "Uh oh!" I'll have to get a video of that.
I'll update some more after I get back from the shelter today. Planning to take off work tomorrow (I don't have crazy or long hours at all) to visit him again.

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So guys, I've officially been approved to adopt Joey!! Things have been going so well. I have visited him four times and he's been regurgitating for me... After he does it he gets overly excited and nippy, any advice with this? I'm also really struggling to get him to step up off of me. When I'm cleaning other macaw cages at the shelter he'll sneak up on me and climb onto me. He's very gentle when he does this, he just wants to be on me constantly. This wouldn't be an issue if he wasn't such a challenge to get back onto his perch. Any advice on this? I'll be bringing him home monday or tuesday. I found him a big java tree online.
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Re: Possibly adopting Scarlet Macaw

Control how much energy you greet him with, high energy will excite him and possibly led to regurgitating. Great he is pleased to see you. Calmly does it. He wants the attention first thing so you can make use of that as his reward to try some step up exercises. You may have to take a stand and tree around with you, it is natural that he will not want to be separated. Joey is probably a bit insecure, figures doesn't it? Sit and put your self in his position, what he has been through, may see things from better perspective and understand some behaviours. Use rewards and praise for good behaviours. Search Birdman's threads as he has explained the beak push again.

Are you up to speed on providing him with a really good diet, lots of fresh veggies and fruits etc?

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Re: Possibly adopting Scarlet Macaw

Thank you, Plumsmom! I never thought about the insecurities for some reason, but that makes total sense.

I got zupreem plain pellets, fruit pellets, and the zupreem selects mix (to try to wean him over to pellets) he's on a seed diet and pellets at the shelter, but he doesn't eat any of the pellets and he only eats the pistachios out of the seed mix. I'm also going to try soaking the pellets in some fruit juice. And then for the meals I'm doing fruit and birdie bread for breakfast, some sort of grain reipe for lunch, and chop for dinner! Doing all of my cooking this weekend before he comes home He's going to be a well fed guy. What are your thoughts on that diet?
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and heres a quick pic of my boy

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Re: Possibly adopting Scarlet Macaw

How awesome for you both.

Good luck.

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and be sure to set boundaries from the get go.
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