Edgerton, Wisconsin, United States
Posted Mar 02, 2009
Blue and Gold Macaws are wonderful companions, they can be your best friend or your worst enemy depending on how you treat it. They are not for the first time bird person, but require a strict routine and lots of attention and you will have a best friend for life. They live a long time, possibly up to 100 yrs if fed right and cared for so you must make provisions for their care in your will. They are funny and full of themselves and real characters. The greatest joy is hearing a macaw laugh, you can't help but laugh with them and they love to eat, anything you are eating as well as anything you are willing to give them, but be careful, there are lots of bad foods for birds out there. Keep the sugar low to non-existent, that means forgoing any of the fruity colored pellets readily available as they are full of sugar to make them taste good. Lots of fresh foods and lots of vegetables, the occasional piece of pizza as a snack is ok, just don't over do it. Unsalted popcorn makes great treats for them as well. They can be very loud, their voices carry about 5 miles so no apartments please. They bond very tightly and rehoming them is very hard on them. They usually do very well around other pets as well. They love daily showers and need very large, strong cages and lots of destroyable toys. They are not cheap pets to own for that reason alone.