On 1/31/09, Sue wrote:
> 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 :)
Congratulations! Sounds as though you are doing wonderful with your training.
Keep up the good work.
I don't think she is so much set in her ways. Remember, she is still very
young, and from what you are describing, it seems she is possibly trying to
gain her confidence with her perching, testing for strength and durability,
whatever she is looking to perch on. She may not have been fully perch trained
when you got her and she is still learning.
Therefore the reasons she knocks your arm with her beak and scratches your arm
a little bit, she is testing the firmness of it for stability before making
her move. This is just my opinion, but it sure seems like she is still
learning to perch. As long as she isn't purposely trying to bite, remember her
beak is her third hand for getting from place to place. What may appear as a
bite gesture (mouth open) could possibly be interpreted as an anticipation of
making a move on her part.
Our Macaws will at times grab our hands, arms or fingers and pull them
towards them with their beaks, not biting though, before they attempt to step
up. You will learn to notice the difference beak pressures they apply as to
what they are wanting to do. Remember, be calm and don't freak out when she
opens her beak.
Continue doing as you are now and you will be fine. Practice makes perfect!
And favorite treats help too.