On 2/12/09, Sue wrote:
> On 2/12/09, Rick wrote:
>> On 2/12/09, Sue wrote:
>>> On 2/12/09, Rick wrote:
>>>> On 2/12/09, Did you think you were going to get a simple answer?
>>>>> On 2/12/09, Sue wrote:
>>>>>> 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.
>>>>>> suggestions on getting her back in when I have to leave???
>>>>> Sue, let's face it. You're a bad bird guardian and the Macaw
>>>>> guru's have given you their highly prized opinions. Bad Sue, BAD!
>>>>> Now go hang your head in shame.
>>>> Awe, does someone need a HUG? Are you feeling left out? Okay, you can
>>>> submit your intelligent information to help Sue. I left a space open
>>>> just for you. Can't wait to see how helpful you are.
>>>> Hope you are feeling better now.
>>> Thank you so much to all of you who were helpful, Nasty comment just
>>> ignored! My birds are a HUGE part of my life, they all have HUGE
>>> cages, tons of toys, several playstands, only the top diet along with
>>> tons of fresh food and veggies. This macaw is new for me and she is
>>> coming along very nicely and actually has stopped taking flight but is
>>> getting her wings clipped next week. She is the most mischivious bird
>>> that I have ever owned and LITERALLY can get into trouble within
>>> SECONDS. She sits with me on the couch for several hours everyday.
>>> She is by no means neglected or lives a "CAGED" life. I do wish I
>>> could leave her out unsupervised for a few minutes at a time, but that
>>> is not possible. She will just keep me on my toes creating new ways
>>> to get her back into her cage when I need to leave LOL
>> Sounds as though you are describing my Macaw to a Tee. I totally relate.
>> Mine, as I said can get into trouble in a split second as well. This is
>> why I say "they are like toddlers, a 2 year old, and some cannot be left
>> alone unsupervised for a second. It will pass in time. It's just waiting
>> for that time to come. Be patient.
>> But on the flip side of this situation. You will have the most loving
>> bird. A bit demanding with your time, but a great companion. Glad to hear
>> you are able to get her wings clipped next week. You will definitely see
>> different bird and possibly lesson the problem with getting her in into
>> her cage.
>> I do have a question for you. Are your other birds wings clipped? The
>> reason I ask this is, do you notice the difference in their demeanor's /
>> attitudes with them being clipped opposed to not. Take care, keep us
> Yes, all my others are clipped. I am a big believer in clipped wings,
> just bought this bird not clipped and not experienced enough to do a
> macaws wings by myself. One more question to you Rick since you have been
> quite helpful, is it normal for the macaws to REALLY like to have your
> fingers in their mouths? This macaw constantly wants my fingers and at
> times grips way too hard, working on that. I know the previous owner put
> his fingers in her mouth a lot and just wondering if this is normal.
> Thanks, Sue
Normal yes, but, a habit you should try and wean your bird from doing. This is
a natural instinct feeding behavior, and could possibly throw her back into
wanting to be hand fed again. You will also notice her bobbing (jerking) her
head while she is trying to feed from your finger.
Yes, the pressure ( firm pinching feeling) from her doing this can be outright
painful. Not intentional on her part though, as she doesn't probably know her
own strength, just natural instinct in motion.
Our female macaw tries to do this once in awhile as well, she is 6 years old,
and does sometimes get carried away. The previous owner used to let her bob on
Just be careful when she does this that you do not have long or sharp
fingernails, as they can cut into her inner lining in her mouth. A firm "NO"
response to this should be sufficient when she attempts to begin. Be
persistent and in time this should stop. Some birds can be awful stubborn as
to wanting to break old habits. Sounds like you are making great progress and
she is coming along nicely. Good job!