Omemee, Ontario, Canada
Posted Feb 25, 2009
Macaws are my personal favorite bird. I find them easy to read. But are they for everybody? Absolutely not. The blue and gold macaw if given the opportunity will take advantage of his owner. You have to be a strong person and not back down from them. They require an experienced bird owner. They can be loud and definitely aren't suited to apartment life. They need tons of out of cage time. In fact if you are home, your macaw should be out of his cage and only in his cage for safety when you can not be there to supervise them.
They will eat your moldings and your TV converter if given a chance and don't forget your cell phone! They need a ton of chewing toys to keep their beaks busy. They can talk well and clearly and are stunning to look at. Our of all the macaw species I find them the easiest to train.
A baby macaw is much different from his hormonal counter part. Once they become hormonal they do experience periods of aggression and loudness (but this is common in many species). Just don't let the pet stores fool you when you see a sweet young baby in a cage!