How to Breed Blue & Gold Macaws

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How to Breed Blue & Gold Macaws
Blue and gold macaws are one of the most commonly bred macaws in the United States. (Blue and Gold Macaws image by Claire waterfield from

Blue and gold macaws are intelligent and sociable birds. They get their name from their colouring. Blue and gold macaws can live to be 60 years old. When they find a mate they stay with them throughout their life. When breeding, choose two that are already together. Blue and gold macaws reach sexual maturity between 3 and 6 years old. Breeding them will require the macaws to adjust to their surroundings and be happy in their living conditions.

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Things you need

  • Large metal cage (at least 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide)
  • Wooden box (at least 24 by 24 by 36)
  • Pine shavings
  • 4 to 5 wooden bars
  • 4 to 5 pieces of wood

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    Select two macaws to breed. Choose the birds that are older than 3 years old and make sure the male and female are already companions to increase the chances of breeding. Blue and gold macaws breed during spring and early summer.

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    Get a large metal cage to fit two macaws. Blue and gold macaws are one of the largest kinds, growing up to 35 inches long. The cage should be at least 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Blue and gold macaws are treetop dwellers and will mate quicker if they have plenty of room.

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    Place four or five wooden bars in the cage for the macaws to climb and stand upon. Blue and gold macaws like to climb and need several levels of wooden bars that resemble tree limbs. Provide the blue and gold macaws with four to five pieces of wood to chew on as well. One of the activities that macaws have is chewing on wood. The more comfortable blue and gold macaws are with their surroundings, the sooner they will mate.

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    Provide the macaws with a good diet, especially for breeding. They eat pellets, fresh fruit and vegetables, and bean and pasta mixes. The majority of their diet is made up of pellets, but macaws need fruit and vegetables to help balance it off.

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    Anticipate the male blue and gold macaw to become aggressive during mating season. When both the male and female are comfortable in their surroundings, they will begin mating. Macaws become more verbal during mating season.

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    Provide a nesting wooden box for the female to lay her eggs. Put pine shavings inside the box to help keep eggs warm. The female macaw can lay up to two eggs.

Tips and warnings

  • Give your blue and gold macaws plenty of attention as they love interaction with their owners.
  • Blue and gold macaws need up to 10 hours of sleep each night. Place the cage in a quiet room when you go to bed and/or put a large towel over the cage to help give them privacy.

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