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Old 10-28-2017, 10:54 PM
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Greetings all.

I am looking to be the proud father of a Blue & Gold macaw. He is 8 years old, talks, domesticated, and is being sold as the seller wanted a female to breed with his Scarlet - and the B&G turns out to be male. C'est la vie.

I have not collected him yet and am posting the two photos I have of him. He seems to have a nip on his wing (probably from the Scarlet), and a broken tail feather - I do not know if either issue is much to worry about. I would be much obliged if anyone spies any issues about which I should be concerned. Otherwise I think he is a healthy, happy bird.

We have a budgie in the house, and previously had a Quaker. The budgie will have his own cage. I am not sure how much interest a macaw and budgie will take in each other.

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Re: Rafael of Florida

Welcome to the forums, Rafael!! The B&G looks great at first glance. How does he seem with you? Macaws have the intelligence and temperament of a toddler. They are challenging but the rewards are enormous!

I'd recommend reading through the macaw subforum; it is a wealth of information. A quarantine to protect your budgie for 30 days is a generally accepted precaution. Chances are they will show little interest in each other, though the obvious precautions apply with birds of dissimilar size.

Good luck, let us know how it goes and if you have further questions!
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Re: Rafael of Florida

Welcome and be welcomed. Raffi looks well cared for , from the 2 pics. You shuld go to the Macaw subforum, and read all the stickies at the top, and ALL posts by Birdman666, our resident Macaw expert. I love B&G macaws, but our house is too small for one of these big guys. It was a close call for us, becasue the weekend we got Salty, the store had just released 2 young B&Bs from the weaning program. Cute, fully feathered and curious, one them almost came home with us instead of Salty. Good luck!
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Re: Rafael of Florida

Welcome to you and your soon-to-be companion!
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Re: Rafael of Florida

Welcome to you. Lots of good info here. Macaws are very majestic and yours is no slouch either. I'd wager to say, the injury will heal up in time and the broken feathers will grow back. I think your budgie would take to a macaw like a T-Rex would be to a velocirapator...!
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Re: Rafael of Florida

I would be hesitant to even let the budgie get close, if it landed on the Macaws cage the Macaw could easily rip a toe or leg off through the bars. Other than that the bird looks healthy enough to me.
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Re: Rafael of Florida

I would keep due diligence with both Budgie and Mac. Budgies and other small birds don't seem to realize they're smaller than the big ones!

Fingers crossed they do get on and you end up with something akin to this
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Re: Rafael of Florida

That it cute......bear in mind that probably to a lot of training OP (Rafael).
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Old 11-04-2017, 04:59 PM
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Just updating that the macaw introduction was a dream. The seller had noted that the bird liked me when I picked him up, and he was quiet in the car despite it being a long, long drive. The wings were in worse condition than had been shown in the picture and the seller didn't know if it was the result of plucking or the Scarlet macaw he had been caged with - I'm all but certain it was the Scarlet now. When I was packing up the car the bird asked, Can I help you? And later said Hello during the ride, and asked what I was doing if I had to brake too quickly. When I brought him (to a nearly hysterical foster mother), he had no reluctance perching on either one of us. Later I found that he waves his wing when saying goodbye. After about two days his swaying behavior stopped and he began exploring. We also finally built a proper perch for him. He also got a shower, two showers - he was saturated with feather powder and a little smelly (seller left him in the rain for baths or else hosed him down).

He has not paid too much attention to the budgie except to swat at him for flying too close or trying to land on him. We are not sure if he can fly, and we may teach him that to have flight recall as part of his exercise. After I left I was told that he misinterpreted leaving the room for a shower as a disciplinary walkout for being too loud and he said I'm sorry and I love you to make amends. He also got his beak on a piece of bread and said Mmmmm... Just how smart are these critters?

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we have more or less settled on a new name for him: He is Colocolo (Colo for short) in honor of the Mapuche war leader, Chilean football club, and the Kolokolo bird from Kipling's Just So stories. He seems to like his new name and the Bobby McFerrin song about the Kolokolo bird.

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Re: Rafael of Florida

Wow Rafael that is amazing.

I have a twenty five year old B&G rescue.
He was essentially neglected his whole life and is a biter and screamer.

please be careful with your budgie.
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