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Is My Blue and Gold Macaw Going Thru the Terrible Twos?

Michelle H. wants to know,


Does my Blue and Gold Macaw go thru the terrible twos?


She picks at my clothes, my blankets, and when I put her up at night she dumps her food on the floor.


Dear Michelle

Do you have a 2-year-old Macaw? Or are you referring to the behavior of your young macaw as like a naughty toddler? It sounds like hormonal behavior if she is interested in clothes, blankets, etc.


How is the lighting over your bird’s cage?


More information about your bird, the environment it is in, etc, would be helpful for us to give you any advice.


Also, regarding the food. She is obviously not happy to go to bed and is acting up.



You do not have to leave food in her cage at night at all.


Removing it before bedtime a few nights may change this behavior.


Also, just leaving about a tablespoon of pellets in a dish, nothing else, will help you feel better about this.


Please get back to us with more details, pictures are great too.


Then we may be able to help further.




Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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