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Re: new biting and screaming macaw

Posted by sue on 1/26/09
(9) Comments

    Thank you so much for your response. I have only had her a
    few days and the guy said she was 10 months old but did not
    give me a hatching certificate. He said he was re-homing her
    because she was aggressive to his two other female macaws. I
    don't know what to believe at this point. I know it has all
    been very tramatic for her so today I tried to just talk to
    her outside the cage and give her tons of food and treats out
    of my hands. I am thinking that the screaming is because she
    wants out of the cage but once she comes out she tries to
    attack me if I try to get her back in. I don't want to leave
    her in so long she gets wilder, but also don't want to stress
    her out anymore. I am totally inexperienced with macaws but
    thought I was ready to own one because I have dealt with
    mollucan macaws and other large birds. My daughter picked up
    the bird for me because I was sick with strep throat and her
    boyfriend held her and she was ok, but they only spent 5
    minutes with the bird unfortunately. Any and all help is SO
    GREATLY appreciated because today she literally screamed for 7
    straight hours non stop!! She has a big cage with lots of
    toys. Thanks so much~~

    On 1/26/09, GreyLady wrote:
    > On 1/26/09, sue wrote:
    >> Hello,
    >> I just purchased a milligold macaw and she is viciously
    >> trying to bite me and screams ALL DAY long. Any
    >> suggestions this is my first macaw. Thanks
    > Exactly how long is "just bought"? How long has she been
    > with you? Do you know her age? If she is an adult bird,
    > you quiz the previous owner as to why they were letting her
    > go? Did you get all the info. possible about her
    > previous homes if more than two, why she has been passed
    > around, her habits, likes, dislikes, her vocabulary, and so
    > on? If not, can you still contact them? That is the type
    > information that is vital when it comes to a rehomed bird.
    > But even if that was the case, it's still vital info. for
    > to know how to proceed with her. They expect us to be able
    > carry on exactly as they were used to, unless they were
    > abused or neglected of course. They do not understand why
    > anything has changed, nor why you don't do things exactly as
    > expected. Rehoming is traumatic for any parrot, even under
    > ideal circumstances. You will have to see it from her
    > viewpoint and have patience, to the nth degree with her,
    > maybe for a very long time. If you have more info. on her,
    > please share with us. That will help us to maybe help you
    > better. In the meantime, just take it very slow, don't try
    > to handle her or make her do anything. You should only be
    > spending time near her, talking to her in a soft voice,
    > reassuring her that she is safe. When she is screaming,
    > don't raise your voice back to her under any circumstances.
    > That will only make it worse. Talk even softer to her so
    > that she has to be quiet to hear you, or simply walk away,
    > then return to giving her attention as soon as she stops.
    > There are so many possible reasons for the behavior and
    > finding as much information about her background and
    > homes is the best place to start. Without it, you are really
    > working in the dark. Let us know.