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Re: one more macaw behavior question

Posted by Jeff on 2/04/09
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    On 2/04/09, Sue wrote:
    > 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.


    If she is biting at your head, that can become serious. I do not
    have a problem with what I believe is called the "little
    earthquake" where once she starts moving up you quickly dip your
    arm slightly (maybe an inch). This slightly throws off their
    balance for a second with no further reprucussions that I have
    seen.

    I used this technique for a couple of days and now my greenwing
    will only go on my shoulder if I place him there. Not sure if
    everyone likes this technique but it sure worked for me.