Edit:.... I feel dumb. Today was the first time I have seen him in about 4 months, and he is a SCARLET macaw. Geeze. Ok, I know at least one person on here has a Macaw. My land lady wants me to take on their neglected bird. When I caught wind of this, the first thing I did was call the Avian vet. (a really good one) Right out of the gate I know he needs all around trimming and extensively at that, and he won't be happy about it one bit. That vet bill is going to be $258. His cage is large enough, luckily. This is the list I've put together for what I'm going to need. He's a sweet bird as ignored as he is. He's a feather picker. He's not naked, but I don't think he has not one feather on him that hasn't been chewed on. He doesn't own ANY toys. Should mention too that I have large parrot experience. They've all been happy, healthy, well adjusted birds though. I did take on a rescue one time that I passed onto a sanctuary because her care was beyond me with her being wild caught. She was a very depressed Orange Wing Amazon. She much preferred the social bird-only enclosure environment. The difference between her and Moses is that Moses craves human attention, as independent as he is, he wants some love. She didn't. Needs... - Large Plastic Dog Crate for transport. Will be arranged so that he goes straight to the vet first while he's loaded. - Play stand - TOYS.. different types to see what he likes - Better feed than he has (that's going to be what, $40 for a big bag?). His fresh foods will come from our stuff. His favorite is Apples - Cage Cover (they don't even tuck him in at night!)... just in case I can talk him into a bedtime. The first night will be easy. The second night... he'll know what I'm up to. The vet mentioned a collar that will prevent the feather chewing. I'm home all day, so I'm hoping that between much time, attention, introduction of toys, and a collar that we can eliminate that habit. It will be a process for us to leave the house once he's here... Dogs to the basement, cat to his room, Moses contained. The dogs know all about new animals and how to act. Moses has been around dogs his whole life, and a cat. So he should adjust. The recent pound kitty is declawed and afraid of things. He has his own room though so that we can put him up when we can't supervise. The way our house is laid out, Moses needs the bank of windows in the dining room, where my computer is. I'm in there most of the day, and from that spot he can see us in the living room. The room he's currently in is drafty as heck, so this spot will be better for him. He's been living like this for at least 5 years. He's a sweet boy. He says Hello to me and will take food from my hand. Much to the shock of the owner, apparently that's a big deal for him and strangers. So that's why I find myself in this situation I guess... I have the time and resources and the bird showed he likes me. Am I missing anything on the needs list? I haven't owned a bird in 8 years. Will you all be here for support as I work for his affections and get him into better health.. physical and mental? For anyone that has a Macaw, what do you find your monthly expenses to be like for diet? I can't remember what my expenses were, and they were on an African Grey ( my mom's) and a Yellow Naped Amazon which are much smaller. Anyone take on a neglected bird? What was that experience like? Moses really needs this intervention. I'm glad he's getting a shot at a better life. But at the same time I'm freaking out and wracking my brain for everything I need to do for him, the commitment I'm about to make for him (he's maybe 10 years old?)... I'm basically marrying this bird for the next 50 years whether he loves me or not. He's not mean enough or bad off enough to warrant a sanctuary. More on that after the vet trip though. This won't be for 2 weeks I think... they want it done while they're on vacation because it's really emotional. His human doesn't want to watch him leave. I totally get that. When my husband had orders to Germany, I had to give up Cooper, and I had my dad do it... I couldn't bear it. I'm still heart broken over that bird and it's been 8 years. So I understand how hard this is for them. So... commence on Operation Moses Move!