On 1/06/09, judy wrote:
> hello..i have just recently became the proud owner of a
> maccall parrot..her name is sadie..sadie is eating well
> and drinking well, she is adopting to her surroundings
> well...BUT SHE IS BITEIN AT ME..I try to pet her, she does
> shake with me and let me touch her beek but she is like
> trying to bite me..can anyone help me figure this problem
> out? She will yell momma when im not in the room and seems
> to settle when i go in..i want to get to where i can take
> her out of her cage any suggestions on how to calm her
First off, I guess I should ask if you have any experience
with larger birds, or did you get her on a whim?
My personal opinion, I feel from reading your posting, there
is so much you may not know, or possibly didn't think of to
read about from forums, etc. to gain knowledge and understand
behavior when bringing a new bird into the family. There is an
adjustment period, aka Honeymoon Period, that needs to be
taken into consideration for any new addition. They need time
to adjust. They are not like puppies and kittens.
Pardon me for this comment, but it's scary to think that you
have a Macaw and actually don't know how to correctly spell
it. This is my first concern. I have Macaws as well.
Secondly, due to the fact use say you just acquired this bird
and she is adapting well, it sounds as though she, Sadie, is
not adapting well, hence the biting. She is most likely
"testing the waters" with you. How much do you know about her
background? As for the screaming "momma" and your giving in by
going into the room every time, did you know that you are
creating a horrible behavioral problem with your Sadie. Trust
me, any / or all of us here have experienced this behavior at
one time or another. You are creating a Monster by reacting to
her every "momma".
*Please do not go into the room every time she cries out
momma. Go in after she had stopped or settled down and praise
her for being a good girl. Do not praise for BAD Behavior.
*Also, patients is a necessity and a virtue for bringing
harmony into a home with a new bird.
I don't mean to sound heartless with some of wordings, but you
have taken on a great task with a Macaw. It can be a wonderful
adventure or a nightmare. Please read, read, and then read
some more to educate yourself. There are many here who can
help, but search the internet and find as much Macaw info as
you can. This will be your greatest asset, for you and your
Sadie. You will learn together.