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Re: Some questions about a beautiful scarlet (?) macaw my family inherited.

looking at the picture again I see she is fully feathered and appears to be outside without any form of precaution to make sure a gust doesn't take her away. I do see that orange cord going down from the perch? Is that connected to her leg? if so I advise against doing that as such forms of tethering can really injure a parrot.
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Re: Some questions about a beautiful scarlet (?) macaw my family inherited.

Quote: Originally Posted by ChristaNL View Post
Weird thingy I noticed: because those birds are so freakin' large you think they have an easier time balancing/ sitting on a forarm or wrist instead of the fingers (see the youtubes with the people from BirdTricks, esp the ones with Morgan)- the opposite is true!
They are far more stabile on the fingers than the wristearea!
Yeah I have been watching those videos and working on getting her to stay on my fingers with my thumb lightly on top of her feet. She isn't fully comfortable there yet and still tries to climb up my arm, but yesterday she stayed on my hand. It was a nice improvement.

I've found an avian vet in the area and do plan on taking her as soon as I can.

I'm excited to give her a shower, from what I know her previous owner never put her in the shower, only misting with a water bottle.

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looking at the picture again I see she is fully feathered and appears to be outside without any form of precaution to make sure a gust doesn't take her away. I do see that orange cord going down from the perch? Is that connected to her leg? if so I advise against doing that as such forms of tethering can really injure a parrot.
The orange thing is just an extension cord in the background. The previous owner would put her in the backyard on her perch all the time and she would just stay there, so I thought it was fine. Like I mentioned in the first post, I don't believe she has ever taken flight and has been cage bound most of her life. I doubt that she would even have the muscle to fly.

When I start working on flight with her (probably won't be for a very long while). I plan on seeing if I can get her to work with an aviator harness. I'd love to be able to take her to the park with an aviator harness and a very long leash one day.

Thanks for all the replies everyone.

Here are a few more pictures I took of her.

http://imgur.com/a/deWj9GE

The third one I took a picture of her bald spot. I don't know the history of this spot. But I was wondering if she's likely to never regrow feathers there?
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Re: Some questions about a beautiful scarlet (?) macaw my family inherited.

She is a beauty ! The bald spot is in an interesting spot though. Not an area she could pick at herself . Is she still in moult?

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Re: Some questions about a beautiful scarlet (?) macaw my family inherited.

You've inherited a beautiful Macaw.

Regardless of their age, most Macaws will be like a flying 2 year old toddler for their entire life that will love to socialize, solve puzzles to keep them entertained, play, and also get into mischief.

Quality food and fresh water is essential. No human food. Also many topics here of good foods and the ones that can cause sickness or even death to your feathered one.

All the advice above is excellent. You will find a wealth of information and good people here on the forum.

I would like to touch on the subject of cooking and Teflon cookware (in the event that you have any).
There are many articles on how this can kill a bird in seconds.
Please take time to read the threads here and take the warnings seriously.
If you have anything with Teflon, PTFE, PFOA, seriously...... discard it or give it away. It's just not worth the risk.

Feel free to research and ask any questions. Again, the people here love their birds deeply and have a lot of knowledge to share.

You have a lovely opportunity to share your life with one of God's greatest creatures. Enjoy !!!
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Re: Some questions about a beautiful scarlet (?) macaw my family inherited.

She is truely a gorgeous looking bird!


Ask the CAV to do a skin-swab?
The bald spot could be due continous scratching or even rubbing against the cage.
So find out if there is a source that makes her itchy (fungus?/ yeast is a well know irritant).


No idea if the feathers will grow back, I do not see many pinfeathers or darkish points in the skin that signal beginning pinfeathers- but you never know, a picture is just a single moment in time...
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She is a beauty ! The bald spot is in an interesting spot though. Not an area she could pick at herself . Is she still in moult?

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Hey, I just noticed that your location is Murrieta, CA. I actually live very close, in Fallbrook. I was wondering if you had a recommendation for a CAV in the area? I tried to PM you but I just joined the forum and there is a post requirement before I can send a PM, so hopefully you see this!
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Re: Some questions about a beautiful scarlet (?) macaw my family inherited.

Yes!

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