His name is Beemer(how pathetic, named after my favorite motorcycles). He'll be 19 in May, and I got him when he was 8 months old. I say "him". although we don't know what sex he is. He acts like a boy macaw, and I've batted 1,000 on my macaw gender prognosticating(7 for 7).
I had a huge round cage for him up until ~6 months ago when I built this open habitat for him. He loves it! The branches are all manzanita, and the chew toy is eucalyptus, both of which are relatively hard woods.
Selma, not only were those branches longer, but there used to be more of them. since I built this perch, I've had to rebuild/augment it ~5 times. Macaws, as well as other parrots, chew wood to keep their beaks worn down. They're made of keratin, and grow just like a fingernail or a hoof. We have to use hard woods, otherwise it's no challenge for him whatsoever. Large macaws have a bite pressure of up to 3 tons per square inch, except for hyacinths, who can get up to 5 tons per square inch. Fortunately, they do not bite indiscriminately, and will bite at full strength only when extremely provoked. the rest of the time it's just to play or discourage.
Training is really much the same as any other animal, just takes more perseverance and consistency. Repetition and reward. I find it pretty cool to just let him be himself.
Oh yeah, healthy macaws usually live to be ~100. I hope Altoid likes him....
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