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Re: new biting and screaming macaw

Posted by Rick on 1/27/09
(9) Comments

    On 1/27/09, Sue wrote:
    > I can NOT thank you all enough for your responses!!! You are
    > WAY more helpful than the guy the bird was purchased from and
    > I GREATLY APPRECIATE the help!!! I am going to take my time
    > with her and hopefully she will learn to love and trust me
    > like my other birds. I hold my other birds in front of her
    > cage and show her that they feel safe with me and that I am
    > not going to hurt her. I am so used to getting a bird that
    > is "tame" and it taking a day to adjust but being fine after a
    > day or two because it so desperately wants human interaction.
    > I guess the macaws are different. I was also very worried
    > about if I left her in her cage too long she would become
    > wilder still. Any and all suggestions are so appreciated.
    > thanks again!!


    When I rehomed our now 2 B&G Macaws from an individual 2 years
    ago, who had no choice in parting with them, I was fortunate to
    visit with them once before bringing them home. This was very
    helpful with the initial interaction, although they wanted nothing
    to do with me, as I was a complete stranger, and tried biting when
    I approached them. But the owner knew I wasn't afraid of them, and
    knew in time We would be able to live together harmoniously, which
    we do, and therefore I was given care of her birds. I also had a
    M2 at home, so therefore I wasn't afraid of the big birds.
    Making a long story short, once we got them home and out of their
    crates, they were placed upon their manzanita perch to settle in,
    with their cages in close proximity readily available for bed
    time, should we have a problem getting them to their cages.

    They were perfect sweethearts!

    Although the next day we had to clip their wings as they were both
    flighted and we have ceiling fans throughout the house. They
    weren't too happy about this, but then again I can't blame them
    for being anything less than happy. After the shock of being
    clipped, they were back to their ole selves again.

    The point I am trying to make is that you state "I guess the
    macaws are different". No, in my opinion, and I am sure others
    will agree, it's how the bird was raised and how much she was
    handled and socialized prior to you bringing her into your house
    that makes her more manageable. I still say that your bird is
    possibly a mans bird, just my opinion though. If so, this can most
    likely be worked out of her, her being so young, and with time
    once she gains your trust.

    As far as her becoming more Wild. I would say she will become more
    cage territorial if she is left confined to her cage. She needs to
    come out and explore, whether it be from the top of her cage. She
    will gain her confidence quicker in you. As far as the lunging,
    just be on guard and don't get too close as you pass by. This too
    will pass as days go by, once she sees she is no danger being out
    of her cage. Just think, you have another 50+ years to spend with
    this bird, so best to enjoy and learn about each other.
    You have plenty of time. Take care.

    > On 1/27/09, karen 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
    >> HI
    >> above is the best list of articles that I have seen
    >> Take your time I do not rush with your bird.
    >> I keep my birds in the dining room area so they can
    >> see into the kitchen & travel into the living room.
    >> -Taking great care while cooking!
    >> This way the birds can see all of the going-ons in the house
    >> & be part of the flock.
    >> Is he getting 10 hr of quiet & dark a night & 2hr quiet time
    >> in the afternoon?
    >> Are you near a bird club?