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Old 05-15-2018, 07:05 PM
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Hello everyone I hope everyone is doing well and I need some help with my 22 year old blue and gold macaw. She has lived with me for 9 years and prior to that was in a very abusive home. Zoey was always a great bird and was always free I only caged her at night before she went to sleep and let her out 1st thing in the morning even if no one was home, because she was always very trustworthy. Last 3 months have been very difficult. I moved in on my own and to be completely honest she's driving me a little crazy. I can no longer leave her outside of her cage because she literally climbs down and breaks everything like windowsills and cabinets and even my clothes and shoes which she never used to do before. I don't spend a lot of time out of the house because I work from home but even then I have to leave her inside her cage. Because when I'm home she lets me do nothing. She is on top of me the entire time playing with my hair, pulling on my eyebrows, or grabbing the tiny facial hair that adorns me. Im saying its constant. It doesnt stop. Even if i ask her to stop or raise my voice she walks away and returns in under 10 seconds to continue.. it is getting increasingly worse and harder to handle. I am sitting on the couch as i write this and shes pulling on my wrist hair.. I have to say that i spend more time with her now then when i lived at home simply because now its just me and her and my cat. When before my sisters and parents were always home even though they were terrified of her (very nippy and untrusting towards everyone else) yet i think she was ok because someone was always there. So now i take her with me if i have to run to the bank drive thru or even when i sit outside for a little while. I take her to the park twice a week and even to the beach while i read. Now.. the obvious solution. Ignore her and return her to the cage when she gets this way.. but there are barriers and maybe this is where i need help. 1. She is like this from the minute i pick her up. 2. If i return her to the cage she screams and doesnt stop for about 30 minutes.. i have neighbors. 3. Im not sure she even gets that something is wrong. 4. She doesn't eat if shes inside her cage only outside.

Im not sure how i got here, and im not sure what to do. I adore her shes like my child but her behavior is stressing and im at loss.. all opinions and advice is highly appreicated.
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Re: Help me and my SUPER clingy blue and gold

Clearly something major had changed and I believe you make reference to it, but it is clear that a change has happened and that change has greatly effected your MAC. I believe you need to define what happened and make a major effort to comfort your Mac regarding those changes.


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Re: Help me and my SUPER clingy blue and gold

Welcome! You have come to the right place.

How long have you had your own place?

I ask because it can take a while for fids to get accustomed to a new situation. I would guess that even though she didn't exactly get along with the rest of your family that she did like the company.

My guess is she is having some separation issues and wants to remain as attached to you as she can.
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I moved about 3 months ago. Like i stated i knew the change was big so i gave her alot of extra attention. Today has been one of the worst days. I wokr up at 8 let her out and went to the batheoom. Returned in under 5 minutes and she destroyed not 1 but 3 laundry baskets. She has hundreds of toys. Boxes, books, baskets to play with. She doesnt touch any of them.
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Re: Help me and my SUPER clingy blue and gold

I honestly think she is more clingy than usual because of the move. When I got my Umbrella Cockatoo it took months for him to realize that when I left a room...that yes, I was coming back.

But both of you need your own space, so this might be the time to practice a little tough love with her.
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Quote: Originally Posted by zoeygirl81 View Post
I moved about 3 months ago. Like i stated i knew the change was big so i gave her alot of extra attention. Today has been one of the worst days. I wokr up at 8 let her out and went to the batheoom. Returned in under 5 minutes and she destroyed not 1 but 3 laundry baskets. She has hundreds of toys. Boxes, books, baskets to play with. She doesnt touch any of them.
They want to play with the things you do.

Mine will chew on mic cords, mics, the radios, keyboards, lap tops, computer mice, and literally have to go over or move her toys to get to my toys.

You gotta either love them, go nuts, or both. I'm both.
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