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Re: one more macaw behavior question

Posted by Sue on 2/04/09
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    On 2/03/09, Rick wrote:
    > On 2/03/09, Sue wrote:
    >> Hello all,
    >> So my girl is doing A LOT better, but I have two
    >> questions. One, she will come on me and I will scratch
    >> her and she will totally relax and coo and be SO SWEET and
    >> then out of the blue will run up my arm and start striking
    >> my head with her beak. I am wondering why she is doing
    >> this and what I should do??? Also, when trying to get her
    >> back into the cage if she will not go in after a treat
    >> (which is what I always try first) she gets aggressive
    >> when I try to get her back into her cage. I have tried
    >> using the perch but she just flies off of it and circles
    >> around the room and lands on top of her cage again and
    >> again. Any suggestions are GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks
    >> again SO MUCH!
    >
    >
    > Sue,
    >
    > Glad to hear you are bonding so well. You are making great
    > strides with her.
    >
    > As for her running up your arm, when you feel her start to
    > dash up your arm, place your other arm or hand in front of
    her
    > to BLOCK her from going up your arm, and give a firm NO as a
    > command. You will have to be persistent as she will try many
    > times to test you just to get to on your shoulder. Always try
    > and keep her at chest height when she is perched on your arm.
    >
    > Clipping her wings would be so helpful for you. You can't
    > imagine how controllable and cooperative she will be once she
    > has them clipped. A totally different bird. Make her depend
    on
    > you for her transporting needs.
    >
    > Clipping her wings will also aide in your not having such a
    > uncooperative bird at bedtime. She is playing a game with you
    > with her soaring through the room, landing , and then soaring
    > again. Once she knows she doesn't have flight, she will not
    be
    > able to make a "quick exit" into the air. Therefore she
    should
    > go right into her cage when asked it of her.
    >
    > Don't mean to harp on the wing clipping, but you will find,
    > more than not, birds who have their wings clipped are better
    > behaved and are more dependent on you. This is what you are
    > striving for with your training. Until you clip her wings,
    you
    > will never have control over her. Her wings are her
    independence.
    >

    I do know I need to get her wings clipped, all of my other
    birds are clipped, it's just a matter of not wanting to stress
    her by taking her to get it done until she settles in a little
    more. Unfortunately there is no one around me that could come
    to my house to do it. I have tried blocking her with my other
    arm, but she runs overtop that arm and goes on up. Any
    suggestions there? I am trying to be brave most of the time,
    but there are times where she almost acts sexually aggressive
    and during those times I am still quite leary.