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Old 08-09-2017, 04:15 PM
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Re: Need Advice Macaw With Anger Issues

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It'll take time and patience, but judging from the tenor of your posts I'd wager you have a healthy dose of both.

And don't underestimate the power of shameless bribery! You want him to start associating you with treats and fun times.
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Re: Need Advice Macaw With Anger Issues

I'm glad to hear progress is being made! Pictures when you can!

Food for thought: To be honest, I truly believe you'd be perfectly fine if you bypass working with him at the house and simply just take him home with you. Very few rehomed birds have adjustment periods as you're doing and they thrive.
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Re: Need Advice Macaw With Anger Issues

I think if anything it would actually be better for the bird to get them home as soon as you can. It means less time in the situation, even if only a few days you then know that they're safe and away from the neglect
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Got my first bite from Malcolm ... I was using a stick to distract him when he starts to scream and he stepped up on the stick couldn't drop it because he would fall or grab my arm before he fell. I was trapped and got me good on my hand ... that's going to leave a nasty scare. I was able to stroke his back for brief periods while he wasn't looking.

Actually my friend is spending a little bit more time with Malcolm ... don't know how long it will last, but it's a good thing for Malcolm. I will post a picture when I can.
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Re: Need Advice Macaw With Anger Issues

Ouch! Though sometimes getting over the hump of the vaunted FIRST BITE is a good thing, though. I know that, for me, it took all of the mystery and such out of it. Most find that, as bad as it may be, it's not what they'd built it up to be in their minds.

As for the issue you ran into, investing in a T-perch would help. You got caught out there because you were holding onto the exact portion of perch upon which he stood. You might be able to get away with that if you were dealing with a conure or a cockatiel. Not so much a macaw. But with a T-perch, Malcolm would have a much harder time getting at your hand. Your grip would be on the vertical, whilst he'd be perched on the horizontal. Definitely worth getting for your situation.

And remember, all of your interactions with him should be heavily treat based at this point. You're not trying to mimic what his current person can do with him. You are at a different stage in your relationship. Don't build on what they have. Work on building something new.

Also, here is a good thread on anticipating bites before they have a chance to happen (by reading body language) and avoiding them altogether: BRAINSTORMING: Biting Parrots
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Thank Anansi for the link and advice on the perch. I am having one heck of a hard time trying to find out what kind of treat he would love ... so far no luck. I bought him some honey roasted and spicy peanuts ... suck on the spicy ... one ... that was it ... no interested in the others. My friend said he doesn't seem to have a favorite food. So I have to see if I can figure out what he would really like to eat.
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