looking for advice on hahns Macaws

ashleighanscombe

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hi all,
We are looking at getting a hahns macaw i cant seem to find many around my area but i am happy to travel. there is a few available but they are parent reared and my husband is concerned about parent reared ad obviously hand reared would be tame. he is now looking at conures which im not really keen on, but also not ruling it out.
we live in the south east wheres best to search for breeders. like i said i am happy to travel maybe not to scotland mind lol
also views on parent reared over hand reared ect
also any advice on hahns vs conures would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
 
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Zoe220615

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Hi so i own both a hahns an i have green cheek conures an hand rear green cheeks from time to time so ill comment on them two obviously there lots of different types of conure but i only know first hand about green cheeks as they are the only conures ive ever owned. Hahns macaws i adore them an i love mine to pieces an there so many good things about them but if they are your first bird i do think in some ways could be abit difficult mine is hand reared however will give out a nasty bite when hes in a strop hates my children would rather try an take there finger off than except a head scratch from them he dislikes strangers again will sit in his cage an eyeball them the hole time ready to pounce. If he had bin my first bird i think he would of driven me crazy. Green cheeks easier to handle come in lots of lovely colors generally great little birds again though they are known to be nippy if you like you ear lobes and earrings etc one may not be for you. However theres so much information out there research all birds before you commit. Why not even look at local rescue centres so many are looking for homes. Im also in south east an went to birmingham to collect my hahns quite hard to find at the moment. Hand reared are always going to be abit easier thn parent reared but either way both parent an hand reared can bite an it still hurts. If you tame a parent reared some say the bond will be stronger. Good luck x
 

Tonifrax

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Hi and welcome 😊

I am in scotland so cant help much with breeders but my advice would be to avoid pet shops. Not really an issue when it comes to Hahns but if you're also looking at conures. Regardless of your decision do your research, you can never do too much! 😄 What interests you about those 2 species? What would you like to get out of owning a parrot?

Have you considered adopting a parrot or even fostering one so see how it fits in with your lifestyle? I have had a hand reared bird in the past and there are no guarantees as to temperament and you still have to put in the time and effort to earn their trust. I had a hand reared indian ringneck from 16 weeks old i think she was when i was younger and she was quite skittish when we first got her home, warmed up to me in the first few weeks, trained her to do all sorts and then as she got older and hormones kicked in, she would bite all the time.

I now have a 13 year old African grey. I was considering getting a young bird, was leaning towards a Hahns macaw myself actually but i decided to go down the adoption route and have never looked back. I didnt have a specific bird in mind but they gave me some options they thought would be suitable, one of which was Ollie my african grey. I have had him for 5 months now, we soon bonded and despite having 3 previous homes hes very well behaved. He follows me around everywhere, hardly ever bites and is just a delight to have around. You get out of it what you're willing to put into it though and its definitely a decision you dont want to rush. Make sure you find the right choice for you and the more research and time and effort you put into it, the better a relationship you will have regardless of whether its parent reared, hand reared or even an adopted bird. All parrots bite as well whether theyre hand reared or not.
 

dianaT

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:welcome: You may like to join the Parrot Society UK who produce a monthly mag where UK breeders of many specie advertise.
Good luck.
 

CaptainHowdy

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Please be aware that handreared does not mean hand tame.
Some breeders will only handle the chick to feed it then put it away till next feeding so you won't have a well socialised bird at all.

Please also be aware that some handreared birds can come with plenty of issues as they may not know they are a bird. You then end up with a bird that has absolutely no fear of you and will take chunks out of you at every opportunity because they did not learn basic manners from their siblings and parents.

I would always advise getting a parent reared bird that has been handled from 2 weeks of age. You end up with a much better well rounded bird who understands what they are.

I have taken in handreared birds in the past and I have yet to meet a well rounded one once they hit maturity.
 

ashleighanscombe

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the reason we are looking at the hahns originally is we loved the look of the macaw in the smaller size my husband would get a bigger macaw if we didn't have younger children.
what we want from a bird - tough question in the long run and yes i know it would be after lots of time and training ect but we want the bird to be out the cage or atleast the cage open more then its closed. and to be happy to chilling on a perch or a chair ect.
i love the idea of it talking aswell and i know this isnt garanteed with any parrot but from what i have researched the hahns seem to be more willing then the conures but again i know if any bird did it would be just an extra bonus :)
 

Zoe220615

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the reason we are looking at the hahns originally is we loved the look of the macaw in the smaller size my husband would get a bigger macaw if we didn't have younger children.
what we want from a bird - tough question in the long run and yes i know it would be after lots of time and training ect but we want the bird to be out the cage or atleast the cage open more then its closed. and to be happy to chilling on a perch or a chair ect.
i love the idea of it talking aswell and i know this isnt garanteed with any parrot but from what i have researched the hahns seem to be more willing then the conures but again i know if any bird did it would be just an extra bonus :)
Have you owned parrots before? I can tell you now oscar does not chill on a perch or about the house usually he is right there with you climbing about you ready to get into whatever you are doing which is not always a good thing.i do alot of training stimulation with him an he does react well to it an hes really happy doing it.The talking dont let that be a deciding factor im sure many other will agree when you have heard what you doing or hello for 100th time in a day it can get grating lol. The novelty soon wears off. If you dont mind me asking how old are your little ones?
 

ashleighanscombe

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Have you owned parrots before? I can tell you now oscar does not chill on a perch or about the house usually he is right there with you climbing about you ready to get into whatever you are doing which is not always a good thing.i do alot of training stimulation with him an he does react well to it an hes really happy doing it.The talking dont let that be a deciding factor im sure many other will agree when you have heard what you doing or hello for 100th time in a day it can get grating lol. The novelty soon wears off. If you dont mind me asking how old are your little ones?
i imagine its like with children you so eager for them to say mummy and now i dont hear the end of it and it drives me bonkers some days :lol:
haha and yes my brothers macaw doesnt chill but he is always with you.
no i havent personally owned a parrot, brought up with budgies and family members have conures and macaws.
my girls are 6 and 3.
6 year old will be intrested the 3 year old we also habe a 7 year old boston terrier ( who sleeps 90% of the time his a lazy bones)
 

Zoe220615

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i imagine its like with children you so eager for them to say mummy and now i dont hear the end of it and it drives me bonkers some days :lol:
haha and yes my brothers macaw doesnt chill but he is always with you.
no i havent personally owned a parrot, brought up with budgies and family members have conures and macaws.
my girls are 6 and 3.
6 year old will be intrested the 3 year old we also habe a 7 year old boston terrier ( who sleeps 90% of the time his a lazy bones)
Lol yes that exact feeling you think how many times can i respond an if he cant see me its what you doing on repeat. Ok so you no a it about them an what it takes but it is a hole different ball game when there yours there aint a let up if they decide to have screaming outburst when they get abit older an they get hormoanal an your on the recieving end of of it. I have three little ones 10,5 and 2 the older two do no dont go near oscar an not to stick there fingers threw the cage my smallest one though has done it an learnt the hard way thank god it was nothing bad an he was fine but its all stuff that needs thinking about you never truly know what your bringing home until youve bought it home. Also they may never be that family bird could pick one person an hate the rest. Oscar likes me tolerates my partner an will go to him when im not about but really does not like children. Would never say dont own a bird with children or anything but have things in place so you know your keeping both sides safe just incase. hahns beaks do hurt.
 

CaptainHowdy

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Have you looked at a rescue? Not all rescues come with issues and if you get an older bird you tend to have a better idea of their personality and whether they would be a good match for your family.

Whilst the younger bird maybe cute and cuddly and willingly go to anyone, once they hit maturity they can bond with one person and become very aggressive to all others.

My hahns is bonded to me and will go for anyone else, if my other half gets too close whilst I have my hahns out he gets warned off - thankfully my other half knows to steer clear. Also be aware that sometimes the bonded person is the one on the receiving end of the bites as the bird will try and get you away from what it sees as a danger to you!

Also of the bird does bond to one person you will get screaming when that person is daring to interact with anyone other than themselves 🤣🤣
 
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