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Re: bathing Macaw please help

Posted by severe owner on 11/02/08
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    On 10/14/08, karen wrote:
    > 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

    Some good advice from Karen. My macaws are breeders, but were
    not used to being handled "ever". I needed them handle able for
    vet visits. The vet then prescribed oral antibiotics 2x a day!
    Wow, did I have a lot of work to do! The male came around first,
    but the female was still a horrible biter (my poor fingers!),
    but we worked it very slowly. I used a separate dowel rod to
    remove them from the cage, the vet clipped their wings so they
    couldn't use that against me. I gave up with bathing for the
    time being as it was too stressful for them and they are not
    "dirty" birds. The vet said maybe 6 months to a year they may
    bathe after they trust me more. I had to change their complete
    diet (they were on seed only and lacking in vitamin A, D,
    calcium to mention a few). It was a rough few months capped off
    by me ending up hospitalized, and my daughters doing the bird
    care for me. When I returned home, the male is no longer
    friendly with me (can't forgive me for leaving him!) and the
    female now loves me. I do not allow them to sit on shoulders at
    this point, as that makes them feel superior (the male will bite
    your face). They love to be out with me in a room away from
    their cage, just hanging out. Stay calm and keep yourself
    learning by reading and applying only those things which seem to
    work for you. It's like training any other animal and you need
    to work with what makes the best sense to you (even if you
    change 180* in a year). I believe you care very much for your
    new friend, as you have worked to get him a cage and good living
    arrangement. It will come.