The new boy in our life

Our new young lad

I am so excited to announce that after grieving the loss of my pet Pacific Parrotlet for seven months, my husband and I finally decided it was time to welcome a new pet friend into our household. This time we decided to adopt a Hahn’s macaw. Hahn’s macaws are like mini macaws. They look a bit like a regular large macaw, but are more the size of a conure, or a little bigger than a cockatiel.

We are yet to name our young lad, but we have already fallen in love with him. He is four months old, and will need to get used to being in a household with people. He seems to be a mild-mannered guy, but that could change once he gets used to us and our home.

I am home almost all day long, so he will get lots and lots of attention. He will also surely serve as my new emotional support animal. Back in February, after I lost my pet parrotlet, I wrote about the significance of emotional support animals, both official and unofficial. If anyone is interested in that post you can find it at The Emotional Support Pet.

Please wish me luck with my new friend, and feel free to share your loving stories about your pet(s). They are so so important to many of us.


27 thoughts on “The new boy in our life

  1. Migraines From Hell September 3, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    SO cute!!! Any contenders for names? Birds are such sweet pets. I’d really love to get another but I cannot do it knowing I cannot really afford it….I mean if something happened. Vets are $ Did I mention my neighbor in the back of us has a cockatoo since we’ve lived here. You can hear him when he gets pissed. The male owner said he starts screaming when he isn’t getting the attention he wants. It doesn’t happen much but it’s cute to hear.

    My friends recently adopted a baby poooodle….so cute. They have two more available and it is so hard for me to restrain myself. It helps that my husband says no…not that I always listen to him. I have a trip this month or else I would be really insisting. They are asking a pittance though I know I will have to have it neutered.


    • updownflight September 3, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      We’re still not sure of a name. Neruda, Solomon, Tabor, and Cuzco have been mentioned.

      Oh, I do hope he doesn’t get sick. I know vets can be expensive, but we will take him there soon for a check up to be sure he is healthy.

      It’s funny you mention poodles. My psychiatrist was urging me to get one. He thought that would finally force me to exercise. Hubby wasn’t for the idea. He doesn’t like dogs. I’d love almost any nice animal.

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      • Migraines From Hell September 4, 2017 / 12:55 am

        He won’t get sick. You’re a good bird mama I can tell.

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  2. Migraines From Hell September 3, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    (we’ve been here for 20+ years so the neighbor bird seems strong and healthy 🙂

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    • updownflight September 3, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that. It’s a special gift to have a pet live a long healthy life. We once lost a parakeet after only two years. That was so sad.


  3. lifelessons September 3, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    When I was in grade school, we got a parakeet that we named Chipper. He was a very chipper lad and thanks to my mother, developed an extensive vocabulary. She taught him a phrase associated with each person in the family except for herself. He knew all our names and a full repertoire sounded something like, “Hello, Betty Jo. Gee you’re cute. Gimmee a kiss (kissing sounds), Baaaaad Benny, Judy Kay, Judy Kay. Patti Adair, Patti Adair. Let us know the progress of your new family member’s vocabulary.

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    • updownflight September 3, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing that sweet story, lifelessons! We’ve started to encourage some nice words and phrases, but it may take some time. Now he just makes the typical macaw sqawk. Actually, so far he is a quiet fellow.


  4. Cute! 🙂
    I used to breed macaws, but not anymore since i retired. I highly recommend feeding standard Roudybush pellets … plus fruits and vegetables. And exercise his wings daily by having him sit on your hand as you move it up and down repetitively. We still have 2 parrots and i do 21 ups and downs for each re the exercise. 🙂

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    • updownflight September 3, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks so much for the great advice, Tom. We definitely need it being new to Hahn macaw ownership.

      He’s so wonderful and seems to be quickly bonding with us.


  5. Melissa A. September 4, 2017 / 10:26 am

    He’s a handsome fella! 🙂 Good luck with him, although I can tell you’re madly in love and won’t need much luck. Love and attention go a long way with pets. I’m a cat lover myself and currently have two twin sisters. They make me laugh when they’re playing.

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  6. bexoxo September 5, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    When I was younger, I had 2 cockatiels: Joey and Pheobie (I was really into Friends), They were the sweetest birds. Your little one is adorable. Hope he settles in okay. 🙂

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    • updownflight September 5, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      Thanks, bexoxo!

      There was a short time that my husband took in a cockatiel because it got lost in the neighborhood. I remember how sweet he was, too. Eventually we found the owners, though. They were so happy!

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    • updownflight September 6, 2017 / 4:44 am

      Thanks so much, Subbashini. I’ve been enjoying my new friend’s company so much.


  7. Hussein Allam September 11, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Animals can bring happiness in our home. Good step forward you have taken it and i appreciate that. Wish you have great moments to spend with this bird. As well as, he will stay mild-mannered as you want him to be., fantastic post and enjoyed reading it. Best of luck, updownflight!❤️😊

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    • updownflight September 11, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you, Hussein. I have been having a lovely time getting to know my new feathered friend.

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    • updownflight October 20, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      I was so happy I visited your link today 10/20/17 and found your story about Lemon. Thank you for sharing my link, as well.


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