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Re: Macaw throwing up/Good news

Posted by Sue on 1/31/09
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    On 1/31/09, GreyLady wrote:
    > That is great news. Keep up the good work. I wish I had seen the good
    > news yesterday. I could have used a pick me up. The advice about
    > approaching with confidence is exactly right. I find that true with all
    > of them but especially with an occasional nipper. They can read us so
    > very well, we have to exude both confidence and trust if we want the
    > from them. I know it's easier said than done but try your best to never
    > be hesitant in your approach and in offering your hand/arm. That will
    > make her feel more secure as time goes on. Keep us posted how it goes.

    Ok, now another issue/question. She is getting more comfortable with me
    and will lift her foot as if wanting to step up and then when I offer my
    arm she will squawk and keep hitting me with her beak and mouth open and
    sort of strike and scratch me with her beak. Even once she gets on my arm
    she will sit quietly for a minute and then start this again. I managed to
    actually be calm and just see what happened and she repeatedly kept doing
    this sort of attacking my arm. Also, she climbed off the cage and when I
    went to pick her up she did the same thing, I kept a firm voice and kept
    saying step up step up until she finally did. She seems to be REALLY set
    in her ways and not at all willing to back down. Any advise on this??
    Thanks again so much!!! I hope you are having a better day today :)