2 months ago we were able to introduce Jeff Piekarski’s companion Zeus with Max, another beautiful Harlequin Macaw. Both birds had been aggressive towards people but now found happiness with each other. When Karin originally showed Max to Pat, she said “We have to put them together”.
We started acclimating them to each other by first moving Zeus to a larger octagon enclosure and then introducing them and keeping a watchful eye on the pair. The minute we put them in the octagon together they bonded. They are no longer aggressive when people come into their enclosure to clean or hang toys and they even like being talked to. The birds eat and drink out of the same food/water bowls and they often share the same perch. They sit and preen each other and seem happy learning to “just be a bird”.
Zeus’s dad comes every two weeks to check on their progress and of course brings fresh fruits for all the birds. He is very happy to see how they are doing and it makes him happy for his decision to bring Zeus to FEBS as this is what he wanted for him. Zeus and Max now love taking showers together and spreading their wings over each other as if they are hugging. What a beautiful sight! We hope to give all the birds at FEBS the same opportunity to be happy and “just be a bird”!
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