hahns macaw breeding behaviour

by Joanne

Hello, I have an ~8 year old Hahns Macaw who is showing new and unusual behaviours which I think could be breeding behaviours. As he was a rescue bird we do not definitely know a sex however he has started to tear the paper at the bottom of his cage and at times is noisier than usual. I am worried this will lead to possible agression or depression and have read that this behaviour should be discouraged however I am not sure how best to go about it, any advice would be appreciated?

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Dec 06, 2013
hahns macaw breeding behaviour
by: Linda

Tearing up paper could definitely be breeding behavior, and all birds like to tear paper up, so not sure really. I strongly suggest you have your bird examined by an Avian Vet to make sure this change in behavior is not from a physical illness because sudden changes in behavior point to that more times than not. Take bird ONLY to an avian vet, and do it soon to make sure bird is not harboring some kind of infection.

The other advice is to leave bird alone as for any kind of chemicals to curb breeding behavior. Sometimes older birds coming into breeding age do become a bit more aggressive, but they will not get to a point where you cannot handle them. Since this one was a rescue, his basic temperament depends on whether he was abused and to what extent. Parrots do lose their minds when they have to live in constant abusive/neglectful situations but you would have seen this long before now.

So, relax and have your bird examined to make sure he is healthy. Use regular training methods after that to curb any new bad behaviors. There are training materials here, and you cannot begin any training until bird has been examined and cleared by an Avian Vet.

Thanks for writing,

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