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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by sophierout88, 9 May 2007.

  1. sophierout88

    sophierout88 New Member

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    I am planning on buying a baby macaw and i was wondering as the parrot will be living in my bedroom im worried about the so called "bird keepers lung", so I was wondering I have a big wooden shed out side and was wondering can they been kept outside in all weather conditions even if I insolate the shed.
     
  2. Writhedhornbill

    Writhedhornbill Well-Known Member

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    You need A LOT of room for a macaw. They are highly inquisitive and are always looking for things to do. If you get one you'd need to make sure that you're prepared for a big commitment.

    They should be alright. Chester keeps it's macaws outside all year. They still have a heated indoor area for when they need it.
     
  3. Pertinax

    Pertinax Well-Known Member

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    You should take note of what 'Mr Hornbill' says. Macaws are extremely demanding as pets- they're really better off flying over the rainforest, or failing that,with their own kind in very large flight aviaries in experienced hands.

    Have you considered a Cockatiel?- THAT is a parrotlike species that makes an excellent pet- cheap too.
     
  4. Zoo_Boy

    Zoo_Boy Well-Known Member

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    remeber you are dealling with a potential 10 thousand dollar bird, that will live for 70 years, my old boss had 4 (grand total of 50 grand), his were in alrge outdoor aivaries, the animals will need some access to outdoors.

    keeping them confined inside is exactly the same as a 4yr old in side, they will destroy everything uinless prop trained

    as for the lung conditions, more common with household budgies, its a mite that causes irritation, my dad had it and had surgury to fix him up (water on lungs- hes a smoker to so that didnt help), if you sourse your bird from a reputable breeder, and keep it in hygenic environmen, you should have no worries

    Do NOT CONFINE
     
  5. boof

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    I didn't get my higher school certificate. And I'm just a dumb coppa, but shouldn't 4 macaws at 10 grand each equal 40 grand or are they 10 grand each before GST..:)
     
  6. patrick

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    are you a policeman boof?

    a tatooed policeman named boof! ;)
     
  7. boof

    boof Well-Known Member

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    yep! just new to the job.
     
  8. Coquinguy

    Coquinguy Well-Known Member

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    wow
    good career choice.
    i know macaws are alot more cheaper in the uk then here in australia, but its not jus tthe $ sid eof thing that worries me. as zoo boy pointed out, a macaw is a long-term investment in an intelligent bird. maybe if youre serious this forum isnt the best place for research?
     
  9. Nigel

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    I have to agree with Grantsmb , Mr Hornbill , Zooboy and others .
    The fact that you are asking questions like this suggests that another species of parrot would be more suitable for you at this stage .
    Even if you built a large aviary complete witrh central heating , any intelligent bird that gets bored starts to get destructive , and gets noisy .
    And I mean REALLY NOISY !!!!!!

    I dont know how much you actually know about having parrots as a pet , but a bedroom is not a suitable home for a macaw ! I assume that there are bird clubs in the UK that you can get more detailed information about keeping parrots --- please do your research BEFORE obtaining your bird , and not afterwards .
    I am not a bird expert at all , but my personal (past) experience with parrot species ( budgies , cockatiels , peach face lovebirds ) made me grateful that I had those , and not some large macaw .
    Baby macaws will grow into large ones !!
     
  10. Zoo_Boy

    Zoo_Boy Well-Known Member

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    sorry boof, as a rought they are 10 grand, bu then move to dif species and you will apy a bomb

    green and golds, scarlets, blue and golds, all diff, one more 'rare' than the next