On 2/28/08, Jeff wrote:
> 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 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
>> 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.
> 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
If you have never owned a large bird before, I would recommend
volunteering at a bird rescue or shelter for a few weeks before
getting a bird to see if it is the kind of thing you would enjoy.
With all birds there is a lot of cleaning up after, toys to buy,
adequate nutrition, and of course, out-of-cage and play time.
Unless you do it every day, you don't realize the magnitude of it.