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August 5th, I brought my 5-month-old Green Wing home. Since she arrived, my 10 year old Yorkie Poo has been upset . The Yorkie had adjusted to a Cockateil, but the GW was more that he could stand. I've been working with him about barking, using training techniques for sit stay and down. Crating him when I approach the GW. Trying to give a calmer environment.

She left the breeder well mannered. On August 8th, I took her to the Avian vet. She was not happy with having her heart checked. During the exam, I had two encounters with her beak. Undaunted we came home and I returned her to her cage. August 9th, I coaxed her to step up and exit her cage for a purchased stand, which I feel was not sturdy enough for her liking (its on wheels). I plan to DIY a PVC stand as soon as possible. We only had a few moments out of her cage. August 10th, I got home from work too late to spend much time with her. Tonight, August 11th, she would not step up, and would only give me the cold shoulder. I peeled a red delicious apple, and sliced half for her food bowl. she ate the apple, but would not step up. I left her alone and will try tomorrow. She seems to be eating and drinking, but I think she misses the breeder.

Any suggestions for making her transition easier?
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Re: 5-month-old GW adjusting to new home

Welcome to the forums, and congratulations for your Green Wing. They are incredible lifetime companions!

While your Yorkie Poo is demonstrating discord in obvious ways, your GW may also be having transition issues. She is still extremely young, and know they have the intelligence and emotions of a 3-year old child. In perpetuity!!

You'll want to earn trust with a macaw as soon as possible. Their beaks and large size can be intimidating, but GWs are typically gentle giants. Consistency is crucial, from waking/sleeping times to feeding and time out of the cage. Might want to check with the breeder to see if your GW experienced the presence of dogs.

Please check some of the following threads for sage advice. So many great topics are located in the Macaw forum:
Big Beak O Phobes Guide to Understanding Macaw Beaks...
Tips for Bonding and Building Trust
Bite pressure training?
Clicker & Target Training
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