First B&G Macaw- need help
Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:50 PM
She is literally the first bird I have ever touched! She jumped up on my arm and ran to my face, (As Im about to pass out) and started kissing/ licking my cheek. She had been at that home around 4 years. I do not know anything about the first person who had her other than poor judgement. I knew she deserved more than living in fear and not liking her people, so talked my husband into bringing her here. It will be 2 years in May. Took awhile for her to get used to not acting out, which she still on occasion does. BUT she would gladly step up on my arm and hang out with me in whatever room I was in. Now she will not!
When I first brought her home I had the huge cage in the breakfast area that is extended from the kitchen so she could get socialized. After about 5 months I moved her to the room next to the kitchen but not attached to the kitchen. (Due to her flying onto the stove top trying to fly to my shoulder) She RARELY will fly- about 3 times in 2 years. but that was enough to get her out of the kitchen.
Her body language tells me she wants attention but she wont get off her cage to join me in anything- I try to play and spend time with her, (Another problem she wont play at all- Ive tried to "Teach" her how to but not interested.) She just seems like a crabby ole bird but in her moments when she wants attention she wont step up and if I dare try the "pick up from behind the feet" she screams and flaps her wings to get away as quick as possible. Luckily she doesnt try to bite but Im at my wits end and am wondering if Im giving her a proper home.
Shes been to the vet and checked out fine, my few animals are terrified of her, her eating habits are great now, she preens herself and isnt plucking her feathers out. HELP- I dont know what to do.
Thanks in advance
Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:26 AM
Will she step up for a reward of some type? (easiest is typically small toys or food).
Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:25 PM
I did move her cage into a room with more "Human action" and shes more talkative but still wont step up- not even for any kind of nut or treat.
The only time she will step up is when my husband is next to me. She is VERY jealous of him and is nasty if im in the room- she will step up and look at him and start mumbling with her feathers sticking up. When im not around then she is ok with him.
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