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Re: one more macaw behavior question

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


    That is a great technique. I do the same with ours when they are
    feeling ornery too. It's a great way to get their undivided
    attention back. Our Macaw, when he is perched on my partners arm
    will try and strike out at me (jealousy) so this dropping technique
    is great for this behavior as well. Brings them back in check.

    My only concern with Sues' bird is that she will have to be
    extremely careful and cautious because her birds wings are not
    clipped, and has she had stated before, her bird can take flight in
    a heartbeat, so even a slight drop could cause the bird to take
    flight and cause her to get "wing beat" in the process. Talk about
    taking a Beating!

    Sue, I would say now is a perfect time, since she has calmed down so
    well, to take her and get her wings clipped. There will be some
    stress, but if you keep her with wings, there will only be more
    stress added as she becomes familiar within her home surroundings,
    while soaring through the house. Here are things to consider keeping
    her wings unclipped. You say she is a strong flier.

    Hopefully she hasn't found the windows to appealing to fly into yet,
    (they have no perception of CLEAR GLASS WINDOWS, resulting in injury
    or possible death)or the open exterior door that wasn't shut quite
    quick enough, or the ceiling fans that were not turned off, or the
    stove burners that are still hot, or the dirty, greasy dish water
    that's standing in the sink with sharp objects in it. So many
    scenarios to be given, that we take for granted. Remember, she will
    most likely NOT come back if she gets out on you. The stress that
    would be added then, hopefully not, or some tragedy were to happen,
    does not even equate to the stress of getting her wings clipped. She
    will get over it, as we say. Maybe pout for a day.

    You may also want to ask others who have had their birds get away
    from them accidentally. Talk about stressful. I read a story where
    only a pile of feather remains were found from an escaped house
    bird. So sad.

    I'm not trying to beat this wing clipping subject to death, just
    wanting you to realize the utmost importance of it.