Macaws don't realise their own strength. The baby Hyacinth must
be taught, at a very early age, not to put pressure on human fingers.
They could easily hurt someone badly without intending to . Careful
consideration should be given when obtaining a cage for a Hyacinth,
as it will need to be strong enough to contain him. A cage that
is held together with welds may not last for a year before the welds
are broken. Stainless steel cages that are now available are ideal,
but they are expensive.
is wise to get a young hand-reared bird that has just been weaned.
Make a point to handle the bird a few times before you decide to
buy it as baby hyacinths are more sensitive than other macaws. Hyacinths
that have been hand-reared and trained properly will make an affectionate
and responsive pet. Do not consider buying a bird before it
is fully weaned, this is normally around 20 plus weeks. It is possible
that they will never wean at this critical stage if they are not
weaned by an expert.
sure that the breeder or Pet Shop you have decided to purchase from
is reputable and knowledgeable.