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  1. hrafn

    Pictures The slow murder of the Taco Bell box

    In February of this year, I gave Taco an enormous packing box to satisfy his desire to maim and destroy everything in the world. At first he was largely pretty nice to it, chomping on the windowsill and the doorway here and there, but over the past few months he has managed to finally decimate...
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    Is chain link strong enough for a macaw?

    @Macawnutz @aooratrix @Hankmacaw @JLcribber, and anyone else with insight: Do you think that stainless chain link would be strong enough to withstand the mighty beak of Taco? I've been looking at dog runs and chicken coops as possible replacements for his cage, since they're large and sturdy...
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    I was eight years old when I met a macaw for the first time. My eldest sister had just got a job at The Village Cantina, a quaint little Mexican restaurant with a very volatile poltergeist, a truly amazing guacamole, and two beautiful, enormous parrots. I didn’t know at the time what they were...
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    Urgent Taco was playing in the litter box!!

    Forget the helmet, this kid needs a bubble. My own fault, of course; I didn't notice that the door to the New World room didn't fully latch while I was giving out breakfast, and when Taco was playing on the floor a few minutes later, he noticed the door and pulled it open. I was in the living...
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    Helping Taco build up strength in his feet?

    Presumably because he spent over a decade with only a single (cockatiel-sized, dowel) perch in his cage, which forced his toes to constantly overlap, Taco's grip in his feet is about as powerful as the average marshmallow. Though he does okay when it comes to traversing his cage and getting...
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    Pictures Taco needed a bigger foraging box...

    This one's four feet long. Hopefully it'll last him a little while longer than usual. :D:D
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    Video Dancin' fool!

    Taco hates dancing on camera, so I had to go covert to get this. He got wise to my stealth, though. :D He's such a cutie. I replayed this part of Zoolander a good 30 times because he was having so much fun rocking out to the song. :disco:
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    The mango meister has joined in the screech-fest

    Though Kraz and Aurélie are both first-rate screamers and live to shriek at each other across the hallway, Taco and Kamara have always been very quiet and well-mannered. Of course they always join in the Dawn Chorus and they like to chat, but their hollers are few and far between. But Taco has...
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    Free-range rainbow chicken

    Today is the day. After months of preparation, Taco is taking his first steps into cage-free living. He's been doing good in practice runs and proven himself trustworthy (or at least...not TOO bad :angelic:), and I've gone ham in ensuring that walls, floor, and other hard surfaces are well...
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    Ending the year with a bang...literally...

    I'm sure most of you know where this is going. :mad2: All the mentions of Taco's habit of getting himself into trouble on the 2018 memory thread and here he is again, sending off the Year of Vet Bills with yet another mishap. I mean, at least he didn't fly into the wall a second time...he DID...
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    Pictures I just love 'im

    Photodump just because he's cute. :D
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    Pictures Anyone have opinions on A&E aviaries?

    I've been on the hunt for a big, beautiful new cage for Taco since I brought him home in May, and I just happened across a walk-in aviary on Kijiji for 40% off the retail price in great condition. It's 62"×62"×79" with inch-wide bar spacing, and I'm allllll over the idea of Taco having such a...
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    Apparently, Taco's for sale!

    So, it's 9:30 at night, I'm sitting in the living room with my cat watching a movie, and someone comes knocking and ringing at my door. I automatically assume it's the postman coming with my SS delivery, so I head right on over to answer it...but it isn't the postman. It's a guy in his...
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    Pictures Taco broke his beak -_-

    Remember when I joked about this kid needing to be swathed in bubble wrap? :shifty: Pro tip: When you're getting so excited over a new toy that you've already bonked yourself hard on your cage bars twice, maybe you should stop smashing it for a second and let your mom move it to a safer...
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    Video Macaw purrs :D

    Is anything cuter than a purring mac? :cloud9: Taco's getting ready for a nap, giving himself his usual pre-snooze scritch fest, and purring up a storm. Man, this cage is ugly. I can't wait to get him a big, pretty new one! (Sorry for the unsteady camera work, it's super zoomed in lol)
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    I gave Taco a bad fright; his fear of sticks is getting worse...

    Taco, Kamara and Kraz are all afraid of sticks, but Taco's fear has been getting worse and it's come to the point where anything even resembling a stick being in his line of sight is terrifying. Kraz and Kamara are only afraid when sticks are in their space or coming near them, but Taco will go...
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    Pictures Wild Thing Contest -- Taco's goodies have arrived!

    There's one happy macaw in the hrafn household tonight!! :D I've wanted to get Senõr Destructor an Impenetrable Block for ages, and what better time?! The amazing @Macawnutz even threw in a couple of foot toys for him to demolish. :heart: He's having insane amounts of fun, and I'm in...
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    Video Can anyone tell what he's saying??

    This is Taco's favourite thing to say, and despite multitudinous efforts I still have NO idea what he's saying. So I thought maybe someone here might have more luck. :D
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    Bringing Taco to work?

    Has anyone ever brought their fid(s) to work with them? What are the things to consider? I had the idea to dress as a pirate this hallowe'en and bring Taco along as me first mate (to the surprise of no one, lol) but I don't want to do anything that could cause him undue stress. I work in...