Blue and Gold Macaw
Blue And Gold Macaw Parrot Care
Blue and Gold Macaws are majestic animals and proper care should be maintained to ensure a long, healthy, and happy life.
Macaws need to have plenty of room to move around in. They should be allowed the run of the house to follow their flock (owner(s), they will see their owner(s) as their flock if they are bonded to you), but they should be in a cage at night for sleeping and if there are strangers (including children and other pets) in the house.
Blue and yellow macaws are very territorial, and they may attack a stranger, or another pet, so caution must be taken. They may even attack their people if they are protecting their cage.
The cage for a macaw should be no smaller than 40” wide, 30” deep, and 50” tall with the bars being no farther apart than 1”. The bars should also be strong enough to withstand a macaw’s powerful beak (at least 10 gauges).
Of course, the bigger the cage the better. macaws are active birds, and they love to climb around, talk, mimic, sing, whistle, and as occasional screech is in order. They are also known for chewing, so watch your furniture, window frames, picture frames, anything made from wood is fair game, at least according to a macaw. For this reason, it is important that your macaw has some guidelines as to what it can and can’t chew on. Plenty of toys that your macaw can chew up are important to have, even when it is out of its cage. Macaw parrots can be taught to put their toys away when they are done playing with them, and some macaws love to drag their favorite toy around the house.
Good care of a blue and yellow macaw also entails proper nutrition. In the wild, macaw parrots eat berries, nuts, fruits, and sometimes even small insects. Their captive diet should have the same nutritional values. A good pellet food, designed for macaw parrots is a good start. However, be sure to offer fresh fruits every day, and some cooked meat products. They can have chicken also but make sure it's limited. Remember that a macaw parrot needs a high protein diet.
Good care of a blue gold macaw parrot also entails good mental stimulation. These are very smart birds, and they love to learn. They love puzzle toys, learning new words, songs, tricks, and games.
Macaws will usually bond with just one person, however, they can accept others in the household, and sometimes even strangers, however, they have a very powerful beak that can do severe damage to adults and children, so extra caution must be taken around these beautiful, majestic birds.
Be sure to take your macaw parrot to a Certified Avian Vet or an Exotic Animal Vet at least twice a year for a wellness check up. This is important, as a visit for a sick macaw would cost so much more that the cost of the 2 yearly visits.
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Macaws love to be a part of the family and invited into family activities. They love to interact with their owners, but they are also content to have heir quiet time. While a Macaw can be noisy, proper training can easily modify this behavior. Keep in mind that a Macaw will not learn to be quieter if the household is noisy.
The large beak of a Macaw can do quite a bit of damage to a house, as they are natural chewers, however, this behavior can also be modified if given enough bird safe, wood toys to chew on. They will learn that the toys are fine to chew on and they will usually leave the furniture alone.
Macaws love to walk around on the floor, so be sure to keep your floors clean and disinfected, and make sure that there is nothing that it can chew on that will harm your bird. Many Macaws will actually follow their owner(s) from room to room.
Macaws also love to talk. This is learned from their owner(s), and they do catch onto words fairly quickly, so you need to be sure not to say anything that you would not want your bird to repeat in front of people.
With the mentality of a 2-5 year old, Macaws will test rules, so be sure that you are consistent with the rules. If your Macaw gets the behavior that (s)he can get away with anything, (s)he will.
Although it’s inviting to have your Macaw sit on your shoulder, don’t do this. A Macaw is taught to bite easily and can bite you severely the face, which in turn can cause you to not love your bird anymore, or to get rid of your bird. The main one that suffers here is the bird.
Bad behavior is learned by negative reinforcement. If your Macaw starts screaming and you yell at your bird, then (s)he has learned the this behavior will get him/her attention and will continue to do this.
Macaws are mainly aggressive when it comes to their cage, therefore it is important to perch train your macaw so that you can move him/her to a play gym while you are servicing the cage.