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    How To Look After Macaws

    Articlepet health guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Macaws are one of the most famous tropical birds in the world, they come in a variety of different colours and are also very intelligent. Looking after macaws is not an easy task but it is very rewarding. Macaws can have a lifespan of 30-40 years, sometimes even more, so committing to caring for macaws is a big decision to make. With the proper care and attention, macaws can have very high quality of life and make a fantastic pet. This guide outlines how to go about looking after macaws.



    Caring For Macaws


    • The first thing to consider when you start caring for macaws is to consider where they will be kept. An adult macaw can have a wingspan of up to 3 ½ feet so the cage will need to be large enough so that they bird can fully extend his wings without toughing either side.

    • Macaws are very intelligent so need mental stimulation while they are in their cage. They will need perches, edible treats and swings. Mirrors, bells and swings can also be beneficial. They will need to be let out of their cage to exercise regularly. A bird that is stimulated will be less likely to get aggressive, be noisy or start plucking it’s feathers.

    • A huge part of looking after macaws is to provide daily human interaction. Macaws need lots of human interaction to keep them happy which is why they can make quite demanding pets. Several hours a day is recommended to make sure that your macaw stays happy. It is worth keeping the cage in a location where there is lots of activity such as a living room so that the bird can feel part of the family and the daily goings on. Do not keep a bird in or near the kitchen, fumes from pans (especially Teflon) are toxic to birds.

    • Diet is vital to the health of macaws. A very big aspect of caring for macaws is knowing the correct food for them. Macaw’s food should consist of lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouted seeds, cuttlebone and possibly a mineral block as some macaws will not use the cuttlebone. If you are feeding fresh food, take it out after a few hours before it starts to rot.

    • Pellets form a good basis of macaws food as they contain all the bird’s nutritional requirements. Change water regularly and wash out the bowl each time to prevent mould or bacteria from growing and affecting the health of the bird.

    • If you keep macaws in the house, you may wish to consider using an air purifier. The respiratory systems of macaws can become clogged with dust and dander both from the bird and already present in your home. In the wild this doesn’t present a problem but they can be concentrated in your home to levels that can harm birds. Part of looking after macaws is ensuring their continued good health.


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