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Re: REALLY need help with new macaw again

Posted by Sue on 2/12/09
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    Guys,
    I have a total of four birds. My other three are out of their
    cages from sun up to sun down and come and go as they please.
    The macaw on the other hand has to be 100% supervised at ALL
    TIMES as she will not stay on her cage, goes to the other birds
    cages and I am afraid she may hurt one of them, and then will
    also walk all around the house and get into trouble. I let her
    out for short intervals throughout the day, but many times. If
    I can find a way to successfully get her back into her cage more
    easily, I can let her out more. I purchased her a $400 playgym,
    but she won't stay on that either. I TOTALLY understand them
    having a lot of out of cage time, but can only let her out when
    I am here to literally sit and watch her 100% of the time. Any
    suggestions on getting her back in when I have to leave???

    On 2/12/09, GreyLady wrote:
    > Again, I have to agree with Rick. That is not nearly enough
    > out time for any bird. Mine have the luxury of having me home
    > with them almost all the time and my cage doors are open all
    > day long. They come and go as they please. But, I realize
    > that is not the case in all homes. However, 30 minutes is not
    > nearly enough. In addition to needing the "flock" time with
    > you, they need to be exercising those wings. Most Macaws that
    > I know like to do flapping exercises. Sometimes they will do
    > it on their own if they have a play gym or parrot stand that
    > enables them to fully extend those big wings and flap them.
    > Others like to do it while standing on their owners hand. You
    > would gently and not real fast, raise and lower your arm. Span
    > about shoulder to waist and back. Usually the bird will
    > immediately start doing wing flaps. An arm protector of some
    > kind is recommended for that. They are going to take a firm
    > grip to keep from flying off and to keep balance. I don't
    know
    > if it was you or someone else I told about it but, I found
    that
    > cutting the forearm from an old wet suit makes a great arm
    > protector and gives the bird an excellent grip so they feel
    > comfortable. I also suggest, give the bird a lot more time
    > out of the cage. Just open the door and let him come and go
    as
    > he pleases. One thing that helps is to not set up food and
    > water bowls anywhere other than in the cage. All mine know
    > they can be out as much as they like but they also know when
    > they are hungry or thirsty, they must return to the cage for
    > that. Good luck.