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Old 08-11-2017, 08:30 AM
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Dumb question: With boundary setting, is it mainly just putting him down if he becomes too excited, nippy. And holding my ground (or walking away?) when he does the big bad bird routine? Are there other boundaries I should look out for?
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:34 AM
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Re: Possibly adopting Scarlet Macaw

He is a lovely boy, give him a head scritch from me.

Remember that socialisation is important, will you harness train Joey?

Picked up the following for you re diet although sounds like you about have it under your belt.

A Macaw diet consisting of a good parrot mix which includes formulated foods, a variety of seeds, dried fruits, and nuts is generally regarded as a suitable base to provide nutrition and variety. Along with this, provide a daily supplement of fresh fruits and vegetables

  • Supplemental foods include all types of fruits such as apples, pears, plums, cherries, grapes, oranges, bananas, mangos, papayas, and even berries such as strawberries and blueberries are enjoyed. Many vegetables including carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, dark green leafy veggies, many garden vegetables, and even dandelions and chickweed are good. Do not feed avocado as it may be toxic to birds!
  • Treats
    Offer nuts for treats, such as macadamias, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and filberts.
  • Proteins
    Additional proteins can be offered such as sprouted legumes and cooked chicken or meat.
Think about your first few days with Joey as it is harder to undo a bad habit/behaviour and we humans can be tempted to let things slide in the honeymoon period of settling in and then realise there is an issue that needs to be addressed. Something to think about. Have you got plenty of chewing materials in, I understand phone books are brilliant.

Have you read this? Big Beak O Phobes Guide to Understanding Macaw Beaks...

You do not want to reinforce a bad behaviour and do what you said that works with Joey, softest approach is tried first, until he settles you won't know how much he will push you? With my 'too I am able to invite him in for a cuddle and that calms him down immediately when he gets a bit OTT. You will develop a tool that works with Joey be it affection, a toy distraction etc.

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Wow, congrats!! So happy for the two of you. You seem on the right track for everything -- cage, toys, diet -- can't wait to hear how it all goes for the two of you. Keep us updated!!!
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His cage comes Monday so I'll be posting a pic of it when it's all set up, I also found him a huge Iva tree on fb marketplace i pick up today. He comes home Monday.
I am going to harness train him as soon as he settles in, in the mean time I'm having the vet do his wings (which I hate the idea of but I feel it kinda necessary until he is harness trained) so I can take him outside and enjoy the fresh air!
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Will give a lengthy update later, but I was able to bring him home today!! Really struggling with getting him off of me? I got him this beautiful java tree but for the life of me I can not get him to step up off of me, any advice? I've tried treats and everything.
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Re: Possibly adopting Scarlet Macaw

Perhaps allow him some time to just bond with you, he has deserved it being without a home for some time? I suppose in his eyes it might seem that you are trying to push him away? Can you get him to focus on a toy but sitting with you? Cover the furniture and place him next to you and hope that will settle him a bit, the odd scritch and talking to him will help. You are going to be learning about each other a lot in the next few days. Have you taken him on a tour of his new home, explained the rooms to him, even your choice of furnishing etc LOL.

They are probably not described as mush macs for nothing.
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You're totally right. I love having him on me, I just thought I should work on getting him off, but he is probably insecure and in need of just some love. He has been on me all day today which was so nice,, he's getting way more cuddly. He does get overly excited though and nippy at times. Not sure what to do in those instances if I can't get him to step up on his cage?
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His cage comes Monday so I'll be posting a pic of it when it's all set up, I also found him a huge Iva tree on fb marketplace i pick up today. He comes home Monday.
I am going to harness train him as soon as he settles in, in the mean time I'm having the vet do his wings (which I hate the idea of but I feel it kinda necessary until he is harness trained) so I can take him outside and enjoy the fresh air!
DON'T TAKE HIM OUTSIDE WITHOUT A HARNESS!

Even when clipped birds can and more often fly when there's even the lightest breeze. Only take them outside in a cage or wearing a harness. You don't want want to lose such an incredible bird over a silly mistake like that.

You and him seem to be the perfect match, he's already letting that lovable side out to you, it's definitely his insecurity which is keeping him clinging to you. Really you just need to let him learn that you're not leaving. How much do you know of his history? From that behavior I assume he was doted on for a while and then something happened causing him to be neglected. Plenty of treats and loving to keep him a happy boy and hopefully let his confidence grow
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You're totally right. I love having him on me, I just thought I should work on getting him off, but he is probably insecure and in need of just some love. He has been on me all day today which was so nice,, he's getting way more cuddly. He does get overly excited though and nippy at times. Not sure what to do in those instances if I can't get him to step up on his cage?
Let him know if it is too much, I use the word 'enough' with Plum. It is going to take time to work out those boundaries which he will need to know and your own way of communicating them. Try the step up exercises on his stand, back and forth with treats and praise. Just a couple of minutes at a time to start. Hoping this will make the cage step up easier. Understandably he is going to be somewhat resistant to going back in I suspect and it is up to you to try and show that it is OK, it isnt forever.
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