On 2/28/08, Jeff wrote:
> Ok, I will start by saying I have not owned a bird, but
> have thought about it many times and read many books on
> training and caring. A friend of mine was given a large
> greenwinged macaw by someone and has found out quickly
> that she can not care for it. I believe he is already at
> sexually maturity but do not have him yet so am not sure
> about his age as she has not taken him to an avian vet
> yet. He seems to like me more then others as he will "up"
> on my arm from his cage at times. Other times though he
> will nip when I am near the cage. He is just very
> untrained at this point.I am wondering if I should make
> this my first bird or not? Also, are there videos to help
> with visual techniques that you all recomend. I have
> thought about the birdtricks.com videos but have heard
> they use food deprivation training which I will not use.
> My parents took away fun stuff when I was bad, never food
> and I am not willing to do that Thanks for any advice you
> all can givew.
Hey Jeff If your up for the challenge then by all means give
this bird a good forever home. Also remember with second hand
birds comes the whole package some baggage some bad behaviors.
There is alot of training videos out there but for the most
part just learn how to read his body language. With any bird
new to an unfamiliar environment you have to give it time to
get used to everything and you. Don't rush, be patient and
understanding and keep reading anything you can get your
hands on for more information.