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Re: bathing Macaw please help

Posted by karen on 10/14/08
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    On 10/14/08, Tiffany wrote:
    > Hi there, I just inherited a Hahnz Macaw from a friend who
    > had a terrible accident wich left her severley handicaped
    > and unable to care for bird. I have no experience with
    > birds whatsoever and I know I am not the best solution for
    > this situation! PLEASE KEEP THE HATE MAIL TO YOUR SELF.
    > Point is he is mine now and I love him I went out and
    > bought a huge cage books food treats toys dna test the
    > bird is male about 6yrs (I was told) and seems neglected
    > but very inquisitive and sweet, can anyone give me advice
    > on how to bath the bird it has long wings so I dont know
    > how to bath it without flying away and just getting it in
    > and out of cage to go see A vet bird has apparent cataract
    > is that normal? any advicewouyld help ive been online for
    > 3 days and nose in book but I want something more
    > individualized for my situation, Kiwi is interested in me
    > but wont allow me to hold and wings are long!. thankyou

    Take a deep breath, calm down, it will be OK!
    You are getting spun up & Kiwi can tell.
    Give the bird time to warm up to you
    think loving & calm thoughts
    That is how you start.
    -The bath issue, birds are different,
    you need to find out what Kiwi likes,
    start with a CLEAN spray bottle made for pets
    "not an old windex sprayer-poison residue -!!"
    Gently MIST the air above Kiwi and see if he likes it,
    & try putting a big HEAVY ceramic dish of water in the
    bottom of the birds cage.
    this will show you if he likes to shower or splash.

    Give Kiwi some time to settle in before you decide on
    a wing trim. He has had enough trauma this year!
    It takes birds time to trust & some birds just do not like
    to be handled
    In time Kiwi will let you know what he wants.
    The fact that he is interested is great!
    You are off to a good start.
    Introduce new healthy foods into his diet &
    hand feed his favorite items.
    Purchase some bird toys & see what he likes to play with
    Try to spend "casual" or "calm" time with the bird,
    Do not loom over Kiwi like he will be dinner
    -do not force your self on him
    Try being coy, affectedly shy & reserved at first
    -Remember birds are not like dogs-
    Birds are "prey" creatures
    They are on the watch for things that want to EAT THEM
    It takes time for a bird to trust you with its life
    let him get used to you & his new home
    Think baby steps
    Good luck