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Old 12-30-2013, 06:52 PM
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Exclamation Hahn behavior issues (squawking and biting clothes)

This has become a major issue for my girlfriend; my six year old Hahn Macaw, Mia, keeps poking holes in our clothes. Most recently I was watching a movie and Mia flew over to hang out with, crawling around, doing birdy things, but when we got up my gf noticed the bird had bit a hole in her dress.
Another instance is I was laying on my bed with my laptop and the bird crawled under the laptop in between my legs and bit a hole in my favorite shorts. Of course I notice it too late to punish her for it, but it seems to happen when we are distracted by other things. Should I just keep her in her cage unless I can give her my full attention? Which brings me to the squawking....
She will squawk constantly if she's in her cage except while sleeping at night. If she's awake, she wants to be attached to me or exploring the condo. Her cage is a good size with lots of toys. She would rather be out the cage playing with a blanket or paper shopping bag.
Are these normal issues for Macaws or should I do something differently?
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:27 PM
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Re: Hahn behavior issues (squawking and biting clothes)

You just have to get used to it, I have holes in several of my shirts from them chewing on it. Watch what your wearing so they don't ruin something you don't want them to. Does she have a play stand where she can play and entertain herself? It's wonderful you let her out to play often but if your letting her out just because she's squawking your teaching her bad habits, she gets the idea if she squawks you'll let her out and let her do whatever she wants to do. She needs to have a designated area like on a play stand where she can do what she wants to do.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:51 PM
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Re: Hahn behavior issues (squawking and biting clothes)

I agree with Mikey, you have to get used to it, it's going to happen. I tend to be a little more observant and stop my Mac for biting my clothes. My wife on the other hand is more complacent . The other day my wife lost a sweater, she had just bought. She also loses buttons to my Mac. I keep reminding my wife that she needs to be more alert when our Mac is off his play stand on the couch etc.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:03 PM
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Re: Hahn behavior issues (squawking and biting clothes)

What if i trim her beak down? Maybe that will help?
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:06 PM
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Re: Hahn behavior issues (squawking and biting clothes)

tell your girlfriend to have birdy playing clothes lol....that's what we do here....we just hope we don't get any unexpected company while wearing our holey clothes that have been christened by the babies
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Re: Hahn behavior issues (squawking and biting clothes)

She can still come out freely ... just don't let her crawl around in your clothes.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:23 PM
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Re: Hahn behavior issues (squawking and biting clothes)

Trimming the beak of a hahns won't help. Their beak is naturally pointy. I vote for "bird" clothes. First thing when I come in from work I change into my bird clothes (unless I'm going out)
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:09 AM
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Re: Hahn behavior issues (squawking and biting clothes)

Yeah, Hahnna loves to naw on my tee shirts. Like Mikey TN said, ya just have to get use to it and not wear good cloths when she is hanging out on you. I wear lots of knock around tee ahirts when she is on me. Not sure why they do it, but I had a Sun Conure years and year and years ago and she too loved to do it, yet my Boo a Cockatoo did not. I got it from all ends though. i have a small Yorkie thatlikes to do the same. Lol
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:16 AM
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Re: Hahn behavior issues (squawking and biting clothes)

OK, we can get use to her eating at our clothes, bed, and pillows.
She's also started biting, for example, when its time to go in her cage and I ask her to step up, she will lunge at my hand and bite, drawing blood. My response is to tell her no, towel her, and put her away for some alone time. This has been going on for awhile but not getting much results. Should I be doing something differently?
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:40 AM
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Re: Hahn behavior issues (squawking and biting clothes)

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OK, we can get use to her eating at our clothes, bed, and pillows.
She's also started biting, for example, when its time to go in her cage and I ask her to step up, she will lunge at my hand and bite, drawing blood. My response is to tell her no, towel her, and put her away for some alone time. This has been going on for awhile but not getting much results. Should I be doing something differently?
Here is a suggestion. Try to think of a way to make bed time fun or something to look forward to. Maybe put her favorite nut in her food dish, let her see you do it and see if she wants to go into her cage to get it.

For Skittles, I have just been sitting with her and relaxing, scratching and playing with her. When she seems like she has had enough, I quickly put her in the cage and say goodnight. Working so far...
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