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Re: REALLY need help with new macaw again

Posted by Rick on 2/12/09
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    On 2/12/09, Glenda wrote:
    > On 2/12/09, Sue wrote:
    >> 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&37; 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&37; of the time.
    > Any
    >> suggestions on getting her back in when I have to leave???
    > Sue,
    > You have been given very good advice from both Greylady and Rick.
    > Both of them have also suggested you cut her wings. You are not
    > going to be able to keep her on a playstand or a cagetop if she is
    > left with the freedom of flight. You must clip those wings. Once
    > you do it you will be amazed at the difference.
    > Glenda

    Hi Sue,

    My male Macaw is Surprisingly similar to yours. He is an over
    inquistive escape artist and has to be monitored moreso than our
    other. He will do just about everything yours does and more, (believe
    me, nothing to brag about). I will let him out for the day on his
    playstand, only to find him soon down roaming in the kitchen, heading
    for the bathroom, sitting at the computer dis-assembling my keyboard
    keys, perching up on the back of the couch, etc. This is a daily
    ritual until he gets settled. I guess I should see this is as my exercise.
    While our female Macaw is content playing on her playstand. 2 totally
    different birds with different curiosities. Ours is definitely like a
    2 year old. Into everything if he is not watched. Therefore when he is
    out, which is most of the day, I have to know where he is at all times.

    One day I left them out and alone in the house for a short time while
    I was at the neighbors. When I came back into the house the male was
    gone from his playstand, only to find he was sitting on the kitchen
    countertop shredding cookbooks. What a mess, but, I couldn't scold him
    due to the fact I knew I shouldn't have left him unattended. He loves
    to shred paper and he was having a grand ole time. Oh, by the way, he
    doesn't fly either, he climbs.

    My last option to his escaping was to purchase a larger round T-Stand
    that he cannot slide down from. It actually worked!

    We do understand what you are experiencing with your bird. Therefore,
    sharing our experiences and making suggestions (like clipping her
    wings)so you can better understand your own bird and its behavior and
    well-being. We are not GURUs as one person stated, but experienced
    bird ( myself, Macaws) owners lending our knowledge to others. I'm
    sure others have great (I say that loosely) stories that they could
    share as well. Take care.