Hi,
I've been thinking getting a baby greenwing for a few years now and I've moved into my own house and now I am in a position to do it.

I can afford a powder coated macaw cage (301/2" d X 401/2" w X 65.5 to 76" high, see it at
http://www.americas-pet-store.com/details/prodid/735.html ) but I can't really afford a similarly-sized stainless steel cage. I have a Grey right now in a California Cage. I've had this cage for at least 5 years and I've had no problem with it.
However, my breeder tells me that macaws tend to destroy powder coating so that you're left with the bare metal. That would be annoying.

I would like to hear opinions. Am I crazy for considering getting a greenwing and putting him/her in a powder-coated cage? I've also looked at www.cpcages.com. . .they have a really nice looking powder-coated cage about the same size as the one above.

Your input is greatly appreciated!
Best,
Lesley
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Hi, I've been thinking getting a baby greenwing for a few years now and I've moved into my own house ... a really nice looking powder-coated cage about the same size as the one above. Your input is greatly appreciated! Best,

The biggest problem I see with your plan is that your CAG may hate your macaw and vice-versa. I have to keep my CAG and macaws in separate rooms. Maybe it's just my CAG, she doesn't socialize with any of my other six birds, but the scarlet and cag will fight on sight. If caged in sight they scream at each other. My U2, BCC, and WFA are ok in a room with either the CAG or the macaws.
I have three macaws, one scarlet and two B&G's. They all three love to chew things, particularly wood. (the U2 is a chewer too) I don't cage my birds, just provide them with "sacrificial" funiture to work on. Forget powder coat. Bare stainess is macaw proof if it isn't too thin.. If you can't aford that wrought iron works ok. You could just forget the cages and give the birds T stands. They'll be happiest the closer they can be to you.
Hi, I've been thinking getting a baby greenwing for a few years now and I've moved into my own house ... really nice looking powder-coated cage about the same size as the one above. Your input is greatly appreciated! Best, Lesley[/nq]Yes the Macaw will "probably" chew on the cage to some extent. If it does, it will ruin the paint. We have a large Kings, that was over 1 K with the shipping. If I had it to do again I would have paid the extra and bought the stainless. You have to decide whether you can live with the bird taking the coating off in at least some places. If you can't live with that, best wait till you can get the stainless cage.

Of course all birds are different. You may get lucky and get one that does not chew on the cage. I tried all kinds of stuff to keep mine from doing it. Made him all kinds of wood toys. He did used to go through them fast turning them into splinters, but would still work on the cage now and then, and after years of it has done a number on the paint in places.
You also need to remember that the cost of bid and cage is not "it". You will need a to find an Avian Vet, and have it checked. The bird will probably out live you, and will need regular check ups, and there is always a chance it could get hurt and or sick and need medical help. You need to be prepared for this also. if the price of the bird and cage leaves you financially in hard ship you will be in trouble if the bird gets sick. A Macaw is a life time investment. To me they are well worth it, but they are not for everyone.

If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
I can afford a powder coated macaw cage (301/2" d X 401/2" w X 65.5 to 76" high,

Is that even big enough for a GW to stretchout one wing?
I would like to hear opinions.

I love it when people say that.
Am I crazy for considering getting a greenwing and putting him/her in a powder-coated cage?

No, but you are stupid if you think that itty bitty cage is a good size for a greenwing macaw. If I kept my lovebird in a cage that was 7"d X 9"W X 10"H it would have more room than a GW would have in the cage you want.
I'm surpized that mr louis "my birds are fully flighted, uncaged and hardly ever escape never to be seen again" boyd didn't have anything to say about it.
ZQ
Hi, I've been thinking getting a baby greenwing for a few years now and I've moved into my own house ... looked at www.cpcages.com. . .they have a really nice looking powder-coated cage about the same size as the one above.

Powder coating hasn't been a problem. My HArlequin lives in a CalCage and has for 7 years now. Powder coating has come in a few spots, but not from her bill, from her playing with the toys, the quick links that hold the toys wil rub it off eventually...
. Macaw beaks aren't anywhere near as hard or as sharp a cockatoo beaks.
If I have problems with the TAG and the new bird, I will certainly deal with that. Thanks for the warning...
Just putting the greenwing out without a cage probably won't be an option, because even if s/he and the TAG don't hate each other, I can't risk that they'll mix it up when I'm not home. Plus I have 2 Jack Russells and a Pomeranian.
Thanks for the advice, though. . .
Lesley
Lesley
I know how much medical care can cost for pets, especially birds. I can afford it. I already have an Avian vet and have had one for 12+ years.
I got my TAG before I could afford the big California Cage she's in right now. I got the bird first and put her in a cage I could afford. Then, when I could afford it, I upgraded to the cage she has now.

I'll certainly consider your advice about the cage.

Best!
Lesley
Over all Dimensions: W40" x D30" x H69"
Living Space Dimensions: W40" x D30" x H59"
These are the dimensions of the biggest cage CPCAGES has on their web site. I'll keep looking on the web, but the only cage I found that was bigger was one that I would have to bolt together when it arrived, and I don't want to buy a cage that requires that much assembly. I don't mind putting on the crock pockets, grates, skirts, wheels, trays, etc. But I don't want to have to bolt on the sides and the top.

If you have links to good quality cages that are larger than that, please post them so I can look at the cages. I would appreciate it!

I'm glad I was able to amuse you with my request for opinions.

Lesley
Thanks, Matt. I was hoping to hear from people who had large macaws and who either have or have had them in powder coated cages!

Best,
Lesley
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