On 1/29/09, Sue wrote:
> On 1/29/09, Rick wrote:
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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.
> I know it will take several more weeks for her to feel safe when
> perched on me because right now she is very nervous when on me. I
> am going to be very patient about that. I know everyone says that
> you can "read" a macaw, please explain that to me because I feel as
> if she is sweet and fine one second and lunging and biting in
> another second with no change in eye dialation or anything. It
> would help a lot of I could read her. Also, she is VERY VOCAL so
> when she squawks everytime she makes a move and I am just getting
> used to not jumping everytime she squawks :)
The most important task for YOU is to become and feel more confident in
yourself when in her presence and asking her to perform a command. She
will pick up on your fears, just as you pick up on hers. You being
nervous, makes her nervous. Take a deep breath and relax.
"Reading" any bird takes time, patience, and a lot of hands on
observance. It's something that has to be learned, as not all birds
actions and behaviors are the same, but very similar. Type on the
Internet "reading your birds". You will find vast amount of information.
Too much to type.
Are you sure she is lunging to bite, or just moving quickly towards you
and trying to grab your arm to ready herself to perch on. They test
their perches (arms) for steadiness before perching. This is a good
example of "reading" your bird. Especially if the pupils are not dilating.
Be careful with jumping to her every squawk, you may be creating a
squawking monster! A simple NO in a mono tone voice would be a good
start for her to learn. Be persistent, but don't raise your voice. She
will feed on the reaction and it may become worse. Good luck again.
Check out (google) the Internet sites for "reading your birds".