Bird Sitting My Military Macaw... Can ANYONE Handle It?

Photo by Missi Bellande Location: Naples, Florida Fighting Macaws: Military Macaw "Cash" & Blue and Gold Macaw "Bailey"

So right before my trip to Moab, Utah a friend of mine, Missi, asked, "Would you ever consider rehoming your military macaw, Cash?" She was on the look out for a mature, independant macaw that was on the larger side and wouldn't be entirely needy like a baby bird can sometimes be. My first reaction was, "No way!" But then I thought on it...   And since my trip to Moab was coming up anyway I thought maybe it would be a good opportunity for Missi to see if she was really cut out for my military macaw. He had all the characteristics she was looking for but I wasn't sure they would quite like one another. Now, Cash travels a ton and consistently goes from our house to Chet's house (from Florida to Washington) and has stayed with my parents (Idaho) and friends (in Washington again, but a different part) and so on. He has traveled to Saipan and back... and has done his fair share of travels and socializing. I knew the change of environment would be no problem for him. It was the personalities I was wondering about...   To my surprise (and I'm sure all of yours as well) a lot happened in just 3 days since Missi has had Cash and I stand VERY corrected on my initial concerns.

For more interesting photos of Cash, check out Missi's photostream on Flickr. I used to think that birds that go through rehoming over and over again had it real bad, and some of them definitely do because usually they go from home to home because the owners are in over their heads... however, I am starting to think it might be very healthy and stimulating for birds to change environments fairly often... even from house to house and owner to owner like Cash is doing right now and had been doing before with close family members and friends. Thoughts?

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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xomissi

Hmm….My thoughts…I TOTALLY think it helps that Cash had previously traveled & stayed with multiple different people. It also helped that we understand macaws’ “quirky” personalities. I THINK you guys have also done a sweet job desensitizing him. Nothing, I mean NOTHING has shocked or phased him thus far! I dunno…I used to think that about rehomed birds too. I think it is the ones that end up in the rescues that we hear about the most. Would you agree? Thanks for the links Jamie! I am honored! Your training techniques & advice in your blog are the best that I have ever read/heard! Cash is a shining example!

xomissi

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