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Post: Rick-The Toes Thing

Posted by GreyLady on 1/29/09

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    Interesting you would say that about how your Macaw
    regurgitates. That is exactly what mine does. In the
    beginning, when I adopted/rescued him, it was almost manic
    behavior. I chalked it up to his previous situation. To
    make it as short as possible, his first Mom died.
    Apparently there were heirs that couldn't wait to get some
    money out of him and sold him to someone sorely unequipped
    to deal with a bird this size, under the best of
    circumstances. He severely injured her forearm (during
    only 7 months with her) and hence, she was petrified of
    him. When I went there, he was in a rusty cage with one
    bowl of nasty water and a bowl with sme peanut shells in
    it. He had only two METAL bars to sit on, because "he
    chews up the wooden ones". Well, duh!! He had no toys,
    nothing to chew and nothing at all to do. I'm still amazed
    he is not plucked naked. And, he was wildly striking at
    anyone who came near his cage. Anyway, I felt like the
    constant regurgitating using his foot, was a habit he had
    acquired, mostly due to boredom. He had a vet check on the
    way home with me and even though the droppings "were like
    nothing I've see come from a bird", said my vet, he did
    check out healthy although a little under weight. I too,
    had one of those bites from him in the beginning. This was
    about 2 years ago and it has been a very long haul getting
    to the fairly good relationship we have now. Just thought
    I'd share that with you about the toes/foot thing. And,
    when it comes to working with the stepping up, just my own
    opinion but I don't care for working with a stepping
    stick. I see it as a lot of hassle for me. I don't want
    to have to get my stick first. I want to be able to offer
    my hand or arm and they come on up. But, whatever works.
    What I did, for my protection and so that I could do the
    all important, not reacting, I cut the sleeve from an old
    wet suit. I would slide it on my arm when working with
    him. At first he seemed unsure about it but has since
    learned it gives him a great grip, he feels steady on my
    arm and I'm not getting punctured with those big toes.
    Short of a wet suit arm, she might try wrapping her forearm
    in some thick material, then putting on a long sleeved
    shirt to hold the protection in place.

Posts on this thread, including this one
  • Rick-The Toes Thing, 1/29/09, by GreyLady.
  • Re: Rick-The Toes Thing, 1/29/09, by Rick.