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Readers Respond: What It's Like to Own a Macaw

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From the article: Popular Pet Macaw Species
Do you own a pet Macaw? If so, post a comment below to let other bird lovers in on your experience. We all know that Macaws aren't for everybody, so contributing your knowledge of what it's like to live with the species could help potential Macaw owners decide if a Macaw is truly the right bird for their families. Share your thoughts now!

get it

i have a hyacinth macaw and im 13 years old i rent an apartment but for leo my bird is so quiet for a macaw he is 1 year old pretty feathers and my parents love him have no cage just a large playstand he behaves because of my grandmas strict disapline and if you want a macaw do reserch and try to convice your parents just dont annoy them
—Guest robert cooper

Rarely Do

Rarely! My macaw HATES cage covering, so I don't bother.
—Askme

My New Hybrid

I got a hybrid macaw after my sun conure died. So far it's been great, much messier than a conure, for sure, but if you take the time to get to know them, they can be affectionate and loving companions.
—Guest Penguinline

My New Hybrid

I got a hybrid macaw after my sun conure died. So far it's been great, much messier than a conure, for sure, but if you take the time to get to know them, they can be affectionate and loving companions.
—Guest Penguinline

My New Hybrid

I got a hybrid macaw after my sun conure died. So far it's been great, much messier than a conure, for sure, but if you take the time to get to know them, they can be affectionate and loving companions.
—Guest Penguinline

no pet was this messy...except dogs

Macaws are way MESSY, I'll tell you that. They might even top monkeys, not saying that they are just messy, but also as smart as any monkey. You'll be surprised at just how intelligent these creatures really are. And affectionate, don't even get me started on THAT. They are so affectionate, they snuggle with you, you could even give them kisses. Love my little Frais.
—Guest messyhouse

Bought a new B&G Macaw, Leroy

Thank you, Leroy For the times we had together You, and you only, Filled our lives with joy We had no long history though We did just meet But the chemistry between us Is impossible to explain You go with me on car rides Long or short You go to the beach with me Mastering the tides Hope this poem makes you happy Leroy, my little fool Thank you again You are the most precious in my life Go ahead, say hi to life
—Guest Cloudy Mitsi

Lovin' it

It's great. Awesome. My friend, who is also my neighbor, had a blue and gold macaw and a green winged macaw and said that macaws were great pets. We took the advice and went to get a severe macaw and named him Cactus. We bring him to our friend's house and the three birds get along great. I bet they're great friends already too.
—Guest i'm awesome

got a mean macaw!help!

HELP ME! SOS! My macaw is like impossible to tame! PLease leave tips if you have some. My bird is a four year old scarlet macaw. She is a mess! Destroys everything in the house! Can't train her. Tips please! HELP!
—Guest stormbird637

100 percent fair

sure, owning a macaw is a pleasure. my new bird, a hahn's macaw, is already learning to trust me, do tricks and play with me. they are rewarding if you take the time to get to know them.
—Guest feather7891

REWARDING!

Yes it is very rewarding if you do your research first. My bird plays hide and seek with me, tag too. He is funny and gentle. :)
—Guest lovethembirds

Bird Died...Bought a New One

RIP my sweet little Sunshine...(sniff sniff)My old macaw, a twenty year old green winged macaw, died a few months ago. It took me a while to recover, and after Sunshine died, I thought something was missing in my life, so I bought a mini macaw species instead, a male yellow collared macaw named Tiko. Sunshine was still my favorite though, she went with me everywhere, not lying. She went with me on car rides, long or short, she went with me downtown, into malls, even, riding on my shoulder or even standing on my head. And everywhere I went, the people walking by would stop to ask me what kind of bird it was, what the name was, how old she is...I really missed that feeling, and Tiko wasn't getting it back. Sunshine died so suddenly and unexpectedly that we were all surprised to find her lying at the bottom of her cage, many feathers missing, dead. The last thing I want to say to you Sunshine, is that I love you, and no bird could ever, ever take your place.
—Guest dovenugget

Got a Dangerous Parrot

Yes, my blue and gold macaw, Monkee, is quite the animal to live with, but he is very rewarding. I will never, seriously, NEVER, look at these birds the same way again. He calls me up each morning when he is hungry or thirsty, snuggles with me in bed, goes with me everywhere, riding on my shoulder, seeing the views I see... It's really just life-changing, if that's the word to describe it. Adopting a macaw though, is a lifetime commitment. Macaws usually live very long, so that bird will be your companion for life. When you go out and buy a bird, don't just think of the fun and rewarding parts, think about the messy, bad, and ugly. If you are sure you got what it takes, then a bird might be the right pet for you. I'm just saying, that a bird can be more 'LIFE-CHANGING' than a dog. :)
—Guest icewing747

Tips Please

I've got a one year old blue and gold macaw. No idea how to control her behavior. If anyone has tips, THANK U. :)
—Guest Paulina

MY BIRD IS LIKE A HURRICANE!

Wow, my macaw is messy! He is a young military macaw and he is VERY MESSY, VERY LOUD. He shrieks and screams when there are other people visiting, bites me ALOT and hard, and frightens the baby. I still love him a lot, but now I'm starting to think if having this macaw is the right choice. Once you get it though, don't abandon your bird and let it down. If anyone has tips for a misbehaving macaw, please tell me, and thank you.
—Guest help me!

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