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Checklist for Expectant Owners

  • Appropriately sized cage ordered and received and placed in its' predetermined location at home.
  • Safe toys for the cage, both destructible and indestructible.
  • Safe foot toys for out of cage play.
  • Foods (i.e. pellets/seed mix/macademia nuts for hyacinth/soft foods for parrots/fruits and vegetables) purchased as recommended by Avian Adventures Aviary to provide continuity of diet.
  • Play-gym purchased, received and placed in its' predetermined location at home.
  • Knowledgeable about how to help your baby transition from Avian Adventures Aviary to your home and what to expect.

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We recommend the following books below because they address in depth issues related to training and behaviour as well as basic care.

Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot by Mattie Sue Athan

The Pleasure of Their Company by Bonnie Munro Doane

A Parrot For Life by Rebecca O'Conner

The Parrot Problem Solver by Barbara Heidenreich Parrots for Dummies by Nikki Moustakis Companion Parrot Handbook by Sally Blanchard


Preparing For Your Bird's Arrival

Many people have questions about how to prepare for their baby's arrival. We encourage you to do as much reading and research as possible on all the following areas so that you can make well-informed decisions. We have supplied links to useful sources of information that should get you started.

Caging - Any parrot should be housed in a cage of such dimensions that the bird can spread its' wings without touching the cage. This is considered the minimum in size, any cage smaller than this is too small. In the case of a macaw the perch must be high enough from the bottom so as to ensure the tail does not touch the bottom.

Typical Dimensions:
28D X 48W X 44H — Blue Throated Macaw (interior dimensions without dome top)
36D X 48W X 44H — Blue and Gold Macaw, Greenwing & Hyacinth Macaw

It is important to remember that a parrot's cage is where it will spend a great deal of time and should be an enjoyable, interesting and secure place to be. Toys, both destructible and indestructible, help stimulate parrots' mind and develop its coordination. To prevent boredom, toys should be replaced and/or rotated on a bi-weekly (every 2 weeks) basis.

Perches are also very important. To help feet stay healthy and provide good foot exercise, perches should be varied in size. Manzanita, although an almost indestructible wood, is too slippery for a young bird. Manzanita that has been sandblasted to provide a more secure foothold is a better choice. Parrots love and need to chew so they will need wooden toys to chew on if you prefer they didn't chew up their perches. Chewing is necessary for them to keep their beaks trimmed as the beak grows continually throughout their lives.

Food Bowls - Food bowls should be easy to reach and get to. Place one or two on the bottom of the cage. Once you know where your bird likes to spend time, you can affix a food bowl near the area where he sits. Food should never be too far away from a young bird.


Feeding the New Baby

All our babies at Avian Adventures Aviary are weaned on to a daily diet of organic Harrisons and GoldenObles (Goldenfeast) pellets, a variety of different seeds, dried fruits and vegetables found in Volkman Super Macaw mix, and daily fresh organic fruits and vegetables. A warmed dish of Caribbean Bounty (Goldenfeast), a soaked food, are served morning and evening mixed with fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, macaws are given unshelled mixed nuts daily (almond, walnuts, filberts, and unsalted, roasted peanuts in the shell). The Greenwing macaws are also given out of the shell Brazil nuts Hyacinths are given unshelled raw macadamias or unsalted, roasted macadamias and out of the shell Brazil nuts daily.

Your baby will most likely be able to adapt to variations of this diet. Our experience has taught us that this diet typically keeps our parrots healthy with beautiful, glowing, colorful feathers, bright eyes and stable temperaments.

Vitamin A and calcium are particularly important for birds. These can be found in natural foods. Bok choy, broccoli and dandelion greens provide calcium. Carrots, red peppers, cantaloupe, apricots, and sweet potatoes are good sources of Vitamin A. Favorite fruits are apples, grapes, papaya, bananas, oranges and apricots (pits are toxic and should NOT be included).

If your bird continues to receive this variety and quality of food, supplements are not necessary.

Parrots can eat just about anything and will if given half a chance. There are a few foods that they must never have, however. These are 1) avocado, particularly the seed pit 2) chocolate 3) carbonated drinks 4) drinks with caffeine 5) alcohol and 6) salty foods (i.e.. chips, salted nuts, etc. Parrots lack a certain enzyme required to digest chocolate and it can be toxic for them as a result. Carbonated drinks are dangers because parrots have no mechanism for ridding themselves of the gas from the carbonation upon ingestion. Caffeine and alcohol are both dangerous to a parrot's health, as they are not well digested.

Your baby should have food and fresh water available at all times. A parrot continues growing and filling out long after weaning has occurred and needs a good nutritious diet to help it develop.

Specific Dietary Needs

Greenwing Macaws
- These big birds need a high fat, moderate protein diet. A diet such as what they are weaned onto supplemented with mixed nuts should address the need for higher fat content. How many nuts to feed per day will depend on the individual birds' activity level and whether they tend to gain extra weight. Average amounts would be 1 Brazil, 1 walnut, 2 almonds and 2 filberts.

Scarlet Macaws and Blue and Gold Macaws - The Blue and Golds also need a high fat, moderate protein diet but not as much fat as the Greenwingeds. Mixed nuts are a very welcome treat but should not be given in abundance (2-3 almonds, 2 filberts and 1 walnut daily should be adequate)

Blue Throated Macaw
These birds need a high fat, moderate protein diet. A high grade pellet andseed mix, along with fresh fruits and vegetables will keep them trim and in good health. They also require nuts in their diet. These would include 1-2 Brazils, 1 walnut, 2 almonds, and 2 filberts.

Hyacinth Macaws - Hyacinths need a specialized diet high in fat and low in protein. They require saturated fat in their daily diet. This can be given in the form of raw, unshelled macadamia and Brazil nuts as well as coconut. They do well on approximately 10-12 macadamias and 2-3 Brazil nuts. In addition, filberts, almonds and pistacchios can also be given daily. They should also be given fresh fruits and vegetables daily and a high grade seed mix with pellets.


Preparing Your Household


It is important to think through where your baby bird is going to spend a majority of its' waking hours and where it will sleep. With a large bird that has a lot of beak power such as a macaw, this becomes a very significant decision. Macaws like to be where they can interact with the members of the family on a regular basis and this is the ideal space for them to be in. They also need to be able to sleep 10 to 12 hours a night and need a quiet place to be at night. An ideal space would be one where they can't do significant damage with their beaks and yet can be part of their human flock's activities. All members of the household need to be involved in welcoming the baby parrot to its' new home. A well-socialized parrot can be handled by more than one person and is a joy to be with. For that reason each person who is involved in the parrots' care needs to handle it on a daily basis. Setting up dependable playtimes that your baby can look forward to and feel secure about will prevent future behavioral problems such as over-dependency, excessive screaming or feather plucking. Parrots can be taught to play independently if they have a balance of nurturing, interactive attention (20 minutes to 1 hour once or twice a day) that they can count on.

Other Birds in the Household - If you have other birds in your household, they will need time to adjust to a new cage and a possible relocation of their own cage prior to bringing your baby home. Upon the baby bird's arrival, it is very important to recognize and maintain the hierarchy already established among your other birds. Birds are very sensitive to hierarchy and need reassurances that your new baby has not displaced them. Always feed and clean the older birds first and do not promote the dominance of your new baby over all the other birds.

Dogs and Cats - Usually dogs and cats that are well fed and well behaved, know their place in the family, and have a reliable routine tend to be very accepting of a new bird. If your animals hunt for food or just for fun, they may not adjust so well to a bird joining your household and your bird could very well be injured or worse, killed. Assessing your dog and/or cat's temperament is therefore essential and needs to be added into the equation.

 
 
 
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