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Old 05-12-2019, 01:43 PM
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Re: Pre-first big mac checklist/advice

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Just more evidence that my deciding to never have the little guys out around the macaw is a good idea. For both the big bird and the little ones!
Well that works out then. Budgies aren't as big of an allergy trigger, and not all macaws react to allergens in the same way, but since the cockatiel is a powder down producer, that was why I mentioned it.
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Re: Pre-first big mac checklist/advice

Charlie came from a bad situation(a few situations back, not his current home or the one immediately prior) that likely had really really poor air quality. Best to assume his lungs have already been through a lot, and keep the air as clean as possible for him.
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Re: Pre-first big mac checklist/advice

Actually we have reconsidered. Charlie will go in a bedroom that we can open a window in for quarantine. There is no furniture in that room yet, mostly it is full of boxes that we can just move out. We will put a table and chairs in there so we can comftorably spend hours in there with him daily. Also, we will probably change his name. Noel says he doesn't seem to know it. Our cat is also named Charlie, though, and definitely knows her name. How best should this be done? Gradually? All at once? To a name similar to his old one or does it not matter? Should we avoid talking to the cat around him or will he figure out that the cat is Charlie? Or, since Noel did say he doesn't act like he knows his name, am I just over thinking this? Lol


Eta: or should we try to juggle 2 Charlies in one house? Lol
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:23 PM
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Re: Pre-first big mac checklist/advice

Glad to hear that you've decided to adopt Charlie!
Our second macaw, who came to us at 18 months of age, was named Trump by his previous owner. We changed his name after we got him and he's acclimated quite well to his name change. He'll say his former name on occasion, but loves to say his new name.

There are many large cages that are most definitely macaw break proof. I encourage you to get him into a bigger one with lots of toys. He'll be much happier and less likely to want to jail break it.

Do get him a large java stand to hang out on. One of the best investments I ever made for my macaws, second to having built for them a large outdoor aviary.
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Re: Pre-first big mac checklist/advice

I keep going over the play stand options again and again and again and again. The cage is a playtop type if I am not mistaken, so that buys us a smidge of time, but not really much time. I am thinking about maybe doing a play area for him in that room on a permenant basis. Why not, right? We have the space. Hang swings and boings, cargo nets from the ceiling, and cycling through various potted bird safe saplings grown specifically for him. Apple, etc. Also maybe building a tree from harder bird safe woods from the forest. Also can do parts out of PVC. Sort of do a modular playground in a bird-proofed room that we hang out with him in, and after quarantine, we could build smaller versions of the same type of thing in each of the areas we spend the most time in. I figure the modular nature would allow us to start with something easier to build and expand on it. The nearest Petcosmart is 50 miles away, and we do not live in a place we can get mail, we have a PO box so deliveries are somewhat limited, don't remember if I have mentioned that on this thread.
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Re: Pre-first big mac checklist/advice

Glad to hear you are adopting Charlie and getting him out of a bad situation.

Lots of good advice above, certainly read Birdman666's posts.
They are worth their weight in gold !!!
When he comes home, Patience, Patience, Patience. Sit in the room with him and read Birdman's posts aloud.
He will enjoy the company and soft voice tone while you increase your Macaw knowledge .

One other thing I can add is make sure you use really good, heavy duty stainless links to hang his toys. Also, any sort of flimsy rings that are not welded together will be destroyed very quickly and could possibly cause him injury.

Here is an example of a good sturdy link that we use in Arika's condo.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Blue-Hawk-S...Link/999971144

And yes, that cage is way to small for a Macaw.
The bigger, the better. Arika's is 4' wide, 3' front to back, and 6.5' high.

Please keep us updated on your new family member.
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Re: Pre-first big mac checklist/advice

About to leave to go meet Noel and Charlie!!!!! [Excited squealing]
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Take pictures! And have fun today!
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Re: Pre-first big mac checklist/advice

We are back home. Charlie is amazing. Oh maaaaaaaan. Charlie is amazing. I am in complete awe of this bird; he is so magnificent. I am in love, completely and utterly.


We did not stop at a vets, so we will go back out for a checkup either Friday or next week(I have a dr appointment tomorrow for more x rays of the foot). He has one nail that seems lighter in color than the others, cosmetic or something to ask vet about? Also his beak seems a little overgrown to me. WOW, I didn't realize how recently he was recieving less than ideal care. Apparently when Noel and her family adopted Charlie last year he didn't even have any green on him, and his colors were muted. His tail is messed up, but feathers regrow. As amazing and just simply perfect as he is now, in a year he will be absolutely breathtaking I am sure. Noel and her family really did this bird such a kindness by taking him in, it just didn't work out for them to keep him. And I'm not even all that sorry to say that I'm glad it didn't. Because now Charlie is here, and I simply couldn't be happier.


Eta: photo is of him in a dog crate for the trip
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Re: Pre-first big mac checklist/advice

All hope is lost now, you are a confirmed 'Crazy Parrot Person' controlled and ruled-over by a B&G.
Yup, in a year of so, breathtaking!
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