Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > ParrotForums.com > New Members Welcome

New Members Welcome Post here to introduce yourself! Tell us a bit about your bird(s), hobbies, setup, etc! Parrot Owners Introduction

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2016, 01:17 PM
Member
Parrots:
Diamond; blue&gold macaw. Metal band indicates Imported pre 1990 so...at LEAST 27yrs old.
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Northern California
Thanks: 10
Thanked 20 Times in 14 Posts
Scottj is on a distinguished road
Bringing home a blue and gold macaw

Hi everyone! I'm very, very new to the site. Have yet to introduce myself formally but will soon. I'm bringing home Diamond tomorrow and I have a question. I have read a couple of books and watched videos on utube. Everything I have read or seen regarding bringing home a new bird is just that, how to handle bringing home a "new" bird. I have spent at least 8 months getting to know Diamond. He is at least 27 years old. He's been in an outside cage/small aviary for at least 15-20 years. Very little interaction that I am aware of. He's smart, speaks with cognition when he wants to. I have his new home almost done on my deck that is about 12'6' and angles to 7' (twice the size as his current home). A few moths ago he began saying "get out" and "go Diamond go" on occasion. He is always poised when I come out the back door at his current home showing me his "pretty wings" and looking coyly at me.

Over the past couple visits I have asked him if he wants to "go home with Scott?". Yesterday I was in the front working just out of what he thinks is earshot and I could hear him saying "go home with Scott". I mention the earshot thing because when I'm near or in his cage he usually only says one word at a time. When I'm working a ways away from him I often hear him speaking quietly in sentences.

He hasn't stepped up on me but seems to want to. He's hung on the side of his cage and put out a foot, he will touch my arm but removes his foot quickly. I've taken this aspect very slowly. He actually has attacked his owner once. We are both very nervous about touching. He's made me bleed several times and grabbed a knuckle once so hard my finger hurt for almost a week. I've gotten to a point where I no longer flinch when he reaches out with his beak to feel me and he's allowed me to touch him once which he really seemed to enjoy but then got nippy. I'm not quite as brave when I'm reaching out to him.

Ok, to my question, when I get him home should put him in his new home and leave him alone for a day or so with very little interacton or do I spend as much time withh him as possible?

Thanks,
Scott
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Scottj For This Useful Post:
Allee (10-12-2016), itchyfeet (10-13-2016), Scott  (10-12-2016)
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2016, 02:21 PM
itchyfeet's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Ethyl the cockatiel, Henry & Clarke the IRN's, and Skittles the lovebird (my daughters)
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Middle Earth
Thanks: 2,470
Thanked 1,117 Times in 585 Posts
itchyfeet is on a distinguished road
re: Bringing home a blue and gold macaw

Argh that was so cute! No advice sorry, but it sounds like you've got a good thing going with him
__________________
EthylHenry ClarkeSkittles
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to itchyfeet For This Useful Post:
Scott  (10-12-2016)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2016, 02:21 PM
Allee's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
U2-Poppy(Poppy lives with her new mommy, Misty now) CAG-Jack, YNA, Bingo, Budgie-Piper, Cockatiel-Sweet Pea Quakers-Harry, Sammy, Wilson ***Zeke (quaker) Twinkle (budgie) forever in our hearts
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Texas
Thanks: 52,835
Thanked 41,196 Times in 13,476 Posts
Allee will become famous soon enough
re: Bringing home a blue and gold macaw

Hello Scott, welcome to the forums! Thank you for sharing Diamond's story. After 15-20 years in an outside aviary, the transition to a new environment may be a little bumpy but it sounds like he's highly intelligent. "Go home with Scott", that must have melted your heart. If he hasn't had a lot of interaction with humans in the last years it will probably take time for him to build trust but it sounds like he wants to. I would follow his lead when you get him home. Make him as comfortable as possible, offer a good diet, lots of toys and he'll let you know when he feels safe enough to build a stronger bond. I wouldn't leave him alone but I wouldn't push him. Some birds readily adapt to a new environment, others need more time. Try to make every interaction a positive experience, reward him with praise or a favorite treat.
__________________

"She is not refined. She is not unrefined. She keeps a parrot." Mark Twain
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Allee For This Useful Post:
Scott  (10-12-2016)
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2016, 04:07 PM
Scott's Avatar
Super Moderator
Parrots:
Goffins: Gabby, Abby, Squeaky, Peanut, Popcorn / Citron: Alice / Eclectus: Angel /Timneh Grey: ET / Blue Fronted Amazon: Gonzo / RIP Gandalf and Big Bird, you are missed.
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: San Diego, California USA, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Thanks: 109,036
Thanked 55,518 Times in 18,648 Posts
Scott will become famous soon enough
Re: Bringing home a blue and gold macaw

Welcome to the forums! Seems as if Diamond is about to enter a great new chapter of life. I don't have any experience with adopting older birds, but you'll find many members with helpful advice.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2016, 04:46 PM
wrench13's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Yellow Shoulder Amazon, Salty
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Isle of Long, NY
Thanks: 1,275
Thanked 14,614 Times in 5,360 Posts
wrench13 will become famous soon enough
Re: Bringing home a blue and gold macaw

Bravo, ScottJi , Bravo. Lots of great advice on the Macaw board, read it to him, seriously, a few times, out loud right next to him. Blue and Golds are my personal favorite macs, and if it werent for space ( and Salty picking me) i'd have one too. Again, Bravo Scott Ji.
__________________
See ALL Salty's Parrot trick videos on our CaptNiceGuy Channel:
https://m.youtube.com/user/captniceg...8ZwKHVY_AsI%3D
AL & Salty - hard at work.

Follow Salty's 122 page lifestory thread:
http://www.parrotforums.com/amazons/...now-salty.html

The Crew:
Salty - Yellow Shoulder Amazon (YSA) - hatched 8/15/15
Tinker - Cairn terrier, 4/15/08
Geri - Blonde haired Queens wife, birthday 4/25/19??
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 10-13-2016, 11:41 AM
Junior Member
Parrots:
Blue and Gold Macaw Peach Faced Lovebird
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Houston, TX
Thanks: 1
Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post
skona is on a distinguished road
Re: Bringing home a blue and gold macaw

Hi, I am new to this site also and just brought home a 13 year old B&G about a few days ago! I read a lot about making sure to just interact with them through the cage without directly handling when I was doing my research to allow the bird a while to settle in, but when I brought Kona home I almost immediately (a day or two) began handling him. Now your situation may be slightly different because Kona is extremely well socialized with strangers and is already letting me pet him and etc, but I would really try to see how Diamond reacts to the new environment as it will probably be very scary for him. See if he looks on edge and before you begin attempts at handling especially try giving treats through the cage bars and just watch his body language, and since you seem very familiar with him he might actually feel safer when you are with him. Now other than handling make sure you only interact with him as much as you will be able to on a regular basis, but make sure you give him as much time as he needs to settle down by watching how he reacts (is he moving away from you when you approach the cage and etc), and if he seems comfortable then you can start attempting more regular interaction like talking through the cage and handing treats to him, and eventually get to handling. You should seek to interact with him, but dont overwhelm him, and if he seems stressed give him some time to relax. Base your interaction off of how you feel and how he feels that is the important thing. I read a few stories of people going to the cage and reading books to their birds in the first week they are home and etc. I also have heard very good things about target training and have begun that with Kona and I think it is really developing a trust between us. I think after you have begun interacting with Diamond try target training with him and see how that works out for you!! I hope this helps! Feel free to message me because we are both new B&G owners so we might be able to give each other some good advice.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 10-13-2016, 07:23 PM
Member
Parrots:
Diamond; blue&gold macaw. Metal band indicates Imported pre 1990 so...at LEAST 27yrs old.
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Northern California
Thanks: 10
Thanked 20 Times in 14 Posts
Scottj is on a distinguished road
Re: Bringing home a blue and gold macaw

Firstly, thanks for all the welcoming and tips/advice. I got Diamond home and in his new home. He was silent all the way. He only said hello just before I was about to put him in the cage. He made quite a ruckus when I went away so I stayed away until he quieted down. When I'm out there he's been preening much more than usual. He was fluffing, scratching all over. At one point he put one claw on the back of his head while preening which I've never seen him do. I did go in and give him some treats. He usually will come to me and take the treat and move away. This time however he stayed very close and was acting like he wanted to step up on my hand, something he has yet to do. It's killing me to not be out there in his cage.


Scott
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > ParrotForums.com > New Members Welcome

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Blue and Gold needs a new home Elsha Adoptions/Re-Homing 7 01-12-2016 04:25 PM
Bringing home a thanksgiving Macaw IamJolyn Macaws 14 11-24-2015 09:25 AM
Greenwing and Blue & Gold need home in NJ - ad on Craigslist kendrafitz Macaws 3 05-24-2013 08:40 PM
Hand-Fed Blue and Gold Macaw For A Caring Home teresa2012 New Members Welcome 6 02-16-2012 11:25 PM
Blue And Gold Macaw NJAngel Macaws 17 02-01-2007 01:10 PM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.