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Re: greenwinged help

Posted by Jeff on 2/28/08
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    On 2/28/08, Donna wrote:
    > 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 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.
    >> Jeff
    > Hey Jeff If your up for the challenge then by all means give
    > this bird a good forever home. Also remember with second
    > birds comes the whole package some baggage some bad
    > 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.
    > Donna

    Thanks Donna,

    "That baggage" is what I am worried about since it is my first
    bird. I am definatly up for the challange, but want the bird
    to be "happy" also. As he does have some hangups, I just want
    to make sure he can live a good life as he can be very
    friendly and actually talks up a storm for a greenwing (from
    what I have read) He is also very good at mimicking which I
    had always read they were not the best at. I have a bad
    smoking induced cough (smoke outdoors) he covers his mouth and
    coughs just like me, tells the dog to go get his ball when he
    sees him chasing it, etc. etc.. He is wonderful, I just want
    to make sure I can handle him to enough to make both our lives