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Information On Macaws
There is quite a bit of information on Macaws out there, wether the information comes from a breeder, a book, or from the information here, you’ll find that a Macaw is a very fun bird to have.
Macaw Parrots are intelligent, majestic birds that require much of their owner’s time and attention. Their acts are hilarious. These birds are known to have the intelligence of a 5 year old child.
Buying a bird for your household is a very important decision. You need to be prepared for the time, work, and the investment in toys, vet bills, food (including vegetables), and in case of a nasty bite, doctor bills. Macaws can be very loud if you do not spend enough time with him/her.
The information on Macaws listed here is general for all Macaws, wether it be a blue & gold, a green winged, a scarlet, or a smaller Macaw, this information will be helpful.
Let’s start with the cost. Macaws can cost anywhere from $1,000.00 on up. That is just the initial cost for the bird. Now you have to buy a cage, which can run into another $1,000.00 for a good sized proper cage (which should be no smaller than 40” wide, 30" deep and 50” tall and the bars should be no farther apart the 1” and strong enough to withstand the strength of your bird's powerful beak atleast (10 gauge bars)). Of course, keep in mind that the bigger the cage, the better. The powerful beak of a Macaw can easily bend the cage if the bars are any smaller.
Plan on spending a good $450.00 for safe toys, perches, and food and water dishes.
A good pelleted food for your new friend, which is recommended if your bird is weaned and to add to that you will have to buy solid food, which can get costly. Macaws also eat berries, nuts and fruits, and they are very messy eaters.
Vet bills can also be quite huge, usually starting at around $100.00 for a normal wellness check. The bigger the bird, the bigger the vet bills.
It is thought that a captive Macaw can live to be over 70 years old, so this is a lifetime commitment, and Macaws demand at least half of your free time.
Large Macaws in the wild will usually lay 2-3 eggs, while the smaller Macaws can lay 5-7 eggs, and are slow to leave the nest (usually over a year). Macaws are slow to breed, and in the wild, they have a low survival rate because of many being killed for their feathers, especially the highly colored species’.
It is strongly recommended that a person that is looking to get a Macaw gather all the information on Macaws s/he can get their hands on becausing owning a Macaw can be a serious commitment.
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