On 1/26/09, sue wrote:
> 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
When I get a big bird whose background I do not know I take
it slow. Consider the health; check on the web for things
to look for. See a good avian vet if you have any concerns.
Call your local bird club to get help finding a good vet.
Try to get it started on a healthy diet.
See if it will eat frt. & veg. pellets etc.
think of yourself as a big pezz dispenser.
If the bird does something right give it a nummy.
A nut, banana, grape, strawberry, etc
For now, for your safety, try to get the macaw to reach for
the treat. If it will not reach for food drop the treat
into the food dish as it watches then step away
Your goal is when the bird sees you it should be thinking
“Does she have something good for me?”
Never give a treat to a screaming bird unless you want to
teach it to scream!
Do not spend too much time fussing over the bird give it
some space Think “baby steps” do not push!
Do not stare; look shyly from the corner of your eye.
The worst thing you can do is to act like a predator that is
stalking the bird.
Remember the bird does not know you & it looks as if it
thinks you want to eat it!
If the bird has had a bad past it will take time and
patience to gain trust.
If this is your first big bird look into joining a bird club
and get help!
There is so much to learn to have a healthy happy Macaw!
Tuesday I will post a web page with good articles, -have to
find it again
Be calm, take a deep breath and take it slow