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Re: Macaw throwing up/No Gatorade

Posted by Rick on 1/29/09
(15) Comments

    On 1/29/09, Sue wrote:
    > Hello all!
    > I am SO HAPPY to report that today was a WONDERFUL day with
    > the new macaw. She put her head against the bars of the cage
    > and let me scratch her head and later when out on top of her
    > cage she climbed down, I got her to step up on me and then pet
    > her and scratched the back of her neck for about two minutes and
    > then later still she let me open the cage and scratch her
    > again. AND... NO throwing up today!!! :) I REALLY do want to
    > get her wings clipped and wish there was someone with macaw
    > experience in my area I could pay to come and do it so I would
    > not have to somehow get her in a travel cage and to the vet, way
    > too much stress for her right now I think. I definately agree
    > she would be a lot tamer is clipped. Used a perch to get her
    > off the top of her cage today, that went better than my arm LOL
    > I am getting a lot better at not pulling away when she strikes
    > out at me, very hard to do, but getting better. THANK YOU AGAIN
    > to all of you with your helpful responses!!! It is sooo good to
    > know there are caring helping folks out there to help me when
    > needed and it is GREATLY appreciated!!!

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. Apparently she is settling
    in and feeling more comfortable with your company. I know you are
    elated, and we are as well, for you. FYI, You don't need someone who
    specifically clips wings of Macaws. Any "EXPERIENCED", bird
    individual, who has knowledge with wing clippings can assist you.
    Would be best to take her to your Avian Vet to get her wings clipped
    and have a check up at the same time.

    Here's a possible way you can make transporting less stressful and
    training fun for her to get into the crate. Using your hand or
    arm,(now that you are able to pick her up with your hand, don't use
    a dowel) place her on the floor next to the crate (assuming she
    isn't afraid of the crate), put some of her favorite goodies into
    the crate and try coaxing her in. Once in, do not close the door,
    let her come and go as she pleases. Lots of praises are in order
    here. Go overboard if you need to. Once she is comfortable entering
    and exiting, you will have stress free bird for transporting. Also
    carrying her inside the crate around the house for the first couple
    of times to get used to the movement will be helpful as well.
    A perch is not essential, but helpful inside in the crate, as they
    are natural perchers. Also make sure is covered well when out in the
    elements. They can catch colds easily.

    Once again, Congratulations! Keep up the "hands on" work. Remember,
    more hands on and less Dowel usage. Try to anticipate bites before
    they happen. Learn to read your birds body language. This will be
    your greatest asset to a happier and harmonious home and feathered
    > On 1/29/09, GreyLady wrote:
    >> I agree with most of what was said, other than the Gatorade.
    >> I've heard from several sources, including my vet, that's not
    >> good at all. If you feel there is need for more hydration,
    >> stick to Pedialyte.