It takes about 24 days
for incubation (before baby hatches) it is amazing to see the
chick chip away at the shell, until it has gone completely around
before pushing it's way out into the world. You can also see the
red blood vessels and membrane that once held and nourished the
baby while developing in the egg. We placed a walnut shell in one
picture to give you a more accurate idea of what a blue and gold
macaws size would be upon hatching. In the last picture
of this group of 5 pictures the egg tooth is visible (the white tip on the beak), it is
very hard. This is what the baby uses to chip away at the egg
shell. Soon it will disappear, because the baby will
not have need of it.
The eyes are sealed shut and
will begin to open in a few weeks to come. They grow at such a rapid
rate that the day after the baby macaw has hatched he would not
possibly fit back into the egg from which he hatched from.
It is important to know that the macaw uses it's beak not only
to eat and pick things up later in life but also as a third foot often when you
pick the macaw up. Latching onto your hand or a perch to pull himself up.
In the macaws first year even though he will look to be an
adult he is not and must be treated with the kindness you would show an infant.
Your macaw at this time will learn and take in much. His talking ability is
great and he often will begin to talk and verbalize far before the weaning
process. Males of many species are often said to talk better than females, this
is not the case in macaws. They both talk equally and exceptionally well and
have the extraordinary ability to learn in more than one voice.
They like all birds do see color, one more on the spectrum
than we do.
Please be patient our
videos take time to load. Note our baby is really not the color
he looks (in video), I'm new at taking movies. But thought this
was just to neat not to share, after all how often does an
opportunity like this present itself? A blue & gold macaw
hatching, you will find our hatching macaw videos linked to our still pictures throughout this
page. Don't miss out on the sound you will here when the baby
blue and gold macaw is hatching.
Below is a preview
animation of what you will see, but it doesn't have sound like
our videos do, don't miss out.
3 weeks, 5 weeks, and at
12 weeks, baby macaws are amazing to watch as they grow. Some
stages of growth are so rapid, one minute they have no feathers
and the next you see feathers emerging.
At about 16 weeks they are completely
weaned, it's amazing to watch them grow. Surpassed by none, their
legendary beauty, magnificent plumage, captivating personality,
intelligent inquisitive nature make the blue & gold macaw a
favorite in the bird world.
They are truly one of my favorite, and
several we own talk better than our congo greys. When raised in a
nurturing environment you couldn't ask for more in a companion.
Here are two examples of the
eye color in a blue and gold macaw. The adult macaw has yellow white
eyes and the baby (under 4months) has dark eyes that will lighten up
as he becomes older. Usually the eyes are the color of the adult
bird at about a year and a half of age or a little after and I have
seen some take up to 2 years old for the total yellow white change
of the adult.
In fact I did have a macaw that
by age 5 his eye color was a light amber color but this is not the
norm and seldom seen, and now over 20 years still has light amber
Another thing that occurs in
the adult is the black bordering the white skin at the neck becomes
more pronounced as they grow into adulthood. You can also see that
the young macaw shows more wrinkles in the white facial skin
than does the adult macaw.
Here to the left is an adult
macaw's face compared to that of the immature baby macaw on the
right, quite a difference indeed.