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How much would a baby macaw cost?

i want to know cause my father is thinking on buying me one

you gonna take care of a loud noisy bird that will bite you for over 30 years? No, BAD IDEA! Wild birds belong in the wild, NOT AS PETS!

Again- Macaws take lots of time and patience. They can literally break your knuckles if you don't raise them right, and they are very prone to behavioral issues like plucking and screaming if their emotional, nutritional, mental and physical needs aren't met properly. Right now in this early stage of bird ownership (considering a parrot) you should be examining your reasons for wanting one at all. If they include the words "cool", "talk" or "awesome" then you should not own a parrot at all. If they include "companion", "sweet" and/or "commitment" then you can start looking at species.

Many an unsuspecting owner (aka you in this instance) will think of parrots and automatically turn to the macaw as their first choice. They shell out the dough (500-900 for "Mini" species, over 1000 for large ones like blue-and-golds) And they end up with a biter, screamer, plucker or otherwise unhealthy bird. How did this happen? Because the owner didn't know about the care of the bird before they brought it home. Large birds often end up confined to garages, closets, rehomed or dead because of neglect or toxins and dangers in the home a well-meaning but uniformed guardian didn't read about.

Are you prepared to give up your toxic housplants, candles, scented items, teflon hairdryers, and nonstick cookware? And get up every morning to prepare your birds breakfast, which includes quality pellets, sprouted seeds, fresh fruits and veggies and cooked food? Are you at home for 9 hours a day, and prepared to spend 4 of those hours with your bird "hands on". Are you prepared for that big beak? Yes the beak is an offset in it's own light. You can't get mad at your large bird for chewing the leg off your antique piano. He's just being a bird. A two year old that never grows up- for sixty or more years. Are you commited to keeping him that long? What about college, girls? Are you going to let those come before your bird? If you answered Yes to all of the questions besides the last, then a macaw MAY be suited for your lifestyle.

If this is your first time, I highly suggest going for a smaller bird such as a cockatiel, lineolated parakeet, budgie, conure etc. Their nutritional and emotional needs are much simpler. Then you can work your way up. Keep in mind, birds are not an "instead of" pet, or anything like a rat, hamster, dog, cat or horse. These are not domestic animals. Yes, the can be great pets! The best companions for the right person. But at this point, when the only thing you're concerned about is how much they cost- then a bird is probably not the animal for you. It takes a special type of person. Exteremely commited, adventurous and loving. If there was a parrot that you could just buy at a petstore, bring it home and live happily, healthy, quietly, and non-destructively like a hamster, it would be a miracle, but that isn't what a parrot is. Macaws, to cockatoos to the smallest parakeets are pieces of the jungle and they'll never lose that. That is what makes them them.

If you must get a macaw, get a Hahn's or Yellow Collared