On 2/11/09, Sue wrote:
> So she is doing a lot better, but now having a HUGE HUGE
> issue getting her back into her cage once out. I used to
> be able to put hard boiled eggs in her dish and she would
> go in after them and I could close the door. Then when
> she got smart to that trick I could put nuts in her cage
> and she would go in after them. Now nothing works and if
> she is on my arm she just scurries up my arm and refuses
> to go back in and bites when I try to be firm. I REALLY
> DON'T want her to lose time out with me because I can't
> get her back in and I always make sure she can be out for
> a good half hour or longer before putting her back and I
> REALLY need help with this issue. Thanks!!
Ah, your bird has become wise to your trickery. They are quick
at figuring things out. I am rather concerned with your
comment, "I always make sure she can be out for a good half
hour or longer before putting her back".
This is truly not enough out-of-cage time for your bird, if
indeed this is what you meant. She may be reluctantly not
going back in because she wants more time out, to be able to
mingle and play with her flock, meaning You!
Large Macaws, need at least 5 hours. We give our Macaws
approx. 8 hours.
Remember, that Birds in the wild would be flying and
exercising all day EVERY day out in the wild, and the times
listed will never get close to what they would be used to out
in the wild, and that out-of-cage time on a fun playpen is the
least we can do for our avian companions.
Hope this helps. Rick