B&G questions

by Gina

Hi, for the past few weeks I've been looking up some information on blue and gold Macaw parrots as I'm contemplating buying one. But I never seem come find any straight answers. Can you help?

How do parrots get mites?

If a parrot happeneds to get mites, can they be transferred to other animals/people living in the house?

This may seem a daft question but I have to ask, does a parrot go to the toilet where it is at the time or could it be trained to go into its cage?

Does its feathers fade colour over time?

If there's any other basic information you could tell me it would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks, Gina.

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Jan 02, 2010
B&G questions
by: Linda

Hi Gina and thanks for writing. The Blue and Gold Macaws are some of the most beautiful and most docile parrots you could ever have. They are sweet natured and though large tend to act like Big Babies all the time.They are also heavy and can be difficult to handle if you are a novice parrot person. I never suggest the larger parrots for inexperienced people because they usually cannot handle the birds properly, and cannot afford the larger cages they require.

Mites are transferable to other birds, and don't think they would be with humans or other pets. Always keep your bird out of the floor and dirt if taken outside. They can pick up all kinds of parasites by being outside and on the ground or even in trees. Contact with wild birds can transfer parasites, viral and bacterial infections.

You will need to do a lot more study before getting your BG because they need a very large cage, large natural branch wood perches, and their toys are more expensive because they have to be larger and made from safe hardwoods.

Your Macaw will also need to be eating a high quality organic pelleted diet, and Tracie has several kinds out here. Your bird will need to be seen by an Avian Vet as soon as possible after you get him as birds tend to have bacterial infections when being moved around. Feathers become a little dull when bird is ready to molt which happens twice a year in the USA once at the end of summer and again beginning of spring.

The cage needs to be huge, not just large, and the cage will run in the area of $600.00 USD. The big birds HAVE TO HAVE A BIG CAGE or they will feel squeezed down, and eventually go crazy from being in too small a cage. There ARE smaller Macaws called mini-macaws like the Severe and the Hahn's, and they are easier to house, feed and handle. If you've never owned a bird before, I suggest you get a smaller bird and wait on the BG until you understand more about handling and training as well as all the basics. Get some reading material to learn the basics of parrot care, and then make your decision based upon your financial situation, which includes large cage, wholesome food, toys, natural branch wood perches, and your time.

Thanks again for writing and be very sure what you are doing before you do it. In the case of the large Macaws, there is much initial expense, and it goes on from there.


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