I have a 5 yr old Catalina Macaw that I have had since he was 6-1/2 weeks old. At 6 months old, he broke the bars of his first cage, then we got him a big “Kings Corner” Cage, and it didn’t take him long to learn how to open the latch on the door, so we have been duct-taping that for quite some time now.
Then, he learned how to maneuver his tongue just enough to get the circle to spin so that the flat/solid food doors would open, then he would push the dish out with his head and get out of his cage, go around and undo all the other doors and then walk around the top of the cage like he was saying “ha ha ha I got out…” The only toy that ever lasted is a simple metal swing that used to be covered with rope and toys and such, he destroyed those in minutes and kept the metal ring as a swing/massager for his wings and such.
ALL other toys he will either get through in an hour TOPS (and those are the really good ones that say they are “parrot proof” or “macaw proof”), the only other toys that stick around are the ones with hard wood pieces, for which he takes a little off the edge occasionally and then loses interest.
I have yet to find a B.E. that holds his attention for a relatively long time and I was hoping you could help me with this, maybe come up with something, or recommend your best?? Preferably NON-food related, as he is already about 100g over weight, he is fully-flighted, and can still fly, but I’ve already lost him once, so I’m a little hesitant to let him try flying outside again (even if it is on harness and a really long leash meant for that.
Alright, that’s all I have to say, please help if you can! Or direct me to someone you think may be able to.
Thanks! – Stephanie
Hi Stephanie – Thanx for the email
Unfortunately birds will be birds and your Catalina is behaving quite normally. That said I have a few solutions I can offer up. First duct tape is a bad idea. It has adhesive that can snag feathers. Wings can be broken in an attempt to escape the adhesion.
Safety tip: Should your bird get ensnared in adhesive – duct tape, scotch tap , fly trap, rodent trap – cooking/olive oil is your friend . Oil will instantly break an adhesive bond,
As for chewing up toys – if your bird was in the wild he’d fly 50 or 60 miles a day stopping as many as 30 times to “forage” for food. He’d use his beak to scrape under rocks and rotted old trees seeking food. He’s just acting out what nature is telling him to do naturally.
My advise would be to make your own toys. The don’t have to be big, fancy or colorful,. He just wants to chew. Please watch my video to show you how to make big bird toys in under 5 minutes
Because he’s a chewer I wouldn’t let him fly outside with a line – he’d chomp it off. You can do things like chase him around a blanket on the ground or up a flight of stairs for exercise.
You can also hold him by his feet and move him up & down. He’ll flap his wings in response which is another great exercise.
Hope that helps
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Generally , birds may not do well in a bedroom because:
#1 They may wake up earlier than you and will wake you up.
#2 You may keep them up later than they should.
Birds should have 10-12 hours of undisturbed so as not to be over stimulated. They may consider breeding due to increased day light.
Excessive breeding can deplete their calcium levels and cause early death in females and egg binding.
Covering their cage with a bird cage cover will help prevent these problems or put their cage in another room.
#3 Parakeets, may not be a problem, but larger birds can be affected negatively by witnessing sex so they would not belong in a bedroom at all.
I hope this answers your questions.
Can a I put 15 – 20 budgies in one outdoor aviary?
Generally speaking, Budgies will breed better in a colony than simply a single (male/female) pair.
A big problem with placing a number of mixed sex budgies in a single cage is the issue of fighting. Colony breeders will do better in a colony than just 2 budgies but not all birds are allowed to breed in a colony.
Generally one or two pairs will most likely become a “dominant pair” not allowing others to breed. Thus you can lose control of colors you might be seeking.
One male will service many females in a single cage but one female in a cage with many males will end up “exhausted” (for lack of a better term) or even injured.
Females not allowed to breed in this scenario will simply drop their eggs to the bottom of the cage. Introduction of additional calcium (cuttle bone) is highly recommended
Also the noise will be much greater than having the same amount of birds in individual cages and any bond between you and any of the birds is unlikely.
If you decide you want to raise “aviary budgies” I would suggest two cages housing each of the sexes with a third designated breeding cage big enough for one or two pairs of budgies.
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The listed cage dimensions do not include the dimensions for the seed catchers. In general figure an additional 10 inches side-to-side and front-to-back. Using the seed catchers is optional, we don’t suggest using them, they are just another thing to wash and the birds do manage to toss things beyond the seed catchers anyway.
I have a dome A&E cage and I am looking at the lighting on your site with the wire bottom where the light stands on. How do you attach it to a domed top?
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My bird loved his and played more in his cage after it was installed than in the 15 years prior.
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