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Old 07-10-2018, 07:32 PM
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:49 PM
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

Welcome and be welcomed. Another vote for you to read all birdman666 posts and threads - for macaw owners they are priceless. So - now some advice. Ah the Aviator head loop. Its the Achilles heel of that harness. Great if you can get it on ( and off) with zero blood shed. I trained my amazon Salty nightly just putting his head thu the loop and taking it off. We train nightly doing that and learning tricks. Find Radars absoloute fav treat ( hope its not peanuts.... try others that are better for him -- my Salty loves pine nuts).
And now use that fav treat only for training or ewarding positive things. Radar should respond if you train every night and dothings consistently ( very important) and reward immediately for sucess(also real important so he knows what he did right). Check out some of Saltys videos on the link below to see whats possible. Birdman666 really has some good insight on Military Macs. Radar sounds like a nice one.
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

wrench13 - Where do you recommend I get good pine nuts? I buy a lot of quality food in Petco/Petsmart that's laden with vitamins (Higgins, Vitakraft, Zupreem), but I don't believe I ever saw a bag of pine nuts at the stores. There is a bird store here in NJ that a lot of people recommend, but I haven't been there yet. (Birds By Joe, they have a website)

Sarah - Sounds like you have a well-behaved bird who actually likes to eat vegetables. That's 3/4 of the battle, in my book lol. I wouldn't worry about socializing him... it should come with time. I take my bird out almost daily, even shopping (I'm surprised how many stores let me in, like marshalls, sears, walmart, target and about 10 more, even the pizzeria or Chinese place here or mcdonalds - I take her everywhere). Try having him interact with more people. Peanuts are ok for a snack, but not a main meal. Take him to the vet for yearly blood and poop (gram stain) tests.

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Old 07-11-2018, 04:07 AM
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

Gosh- those pictures ... Radar is a Beauty!
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:39 AM
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

Pine nuts, aka Pignoli nuts can be found in most supermarkets. I like the ones from Stop&SHop, their Nature's Promise house brand, come in a tub for around $8. You can also find them in the baking section since they are used in Italian cookies. Much smaller amount, but I always find them not fresh and sorta brittle. Try them. I would imagine Radar will like whole ones, Salty gets his shaved into 3 slices per nut. You make find Radar is meh! about them, but keep trying to find that one special treat he goes crazy for.
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

Oh...and it does make a world of difference if you give them shelled/ unshelled.
So try both

Shelled they get hoovered up by my birds (exept one grey: she despises shelled ones and wil not touch them) but they are treasured treats by all of them in their original form ...

(I buy mine online - found a really good quality shop and now they refuse all others... the supermarket ones are usually older and dryish and have possibly been frozen -> okay for baking, not so much for the feathered ones.)

Buy and try, then try again ...

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Old 07-11-2018, 11:53 AM
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

Right the supermarket baking ones are shelled, and dried out. Stop&Shop sells them in a bulk container in a separate nut section and they are fresh. Salty has no interest in the un-shelled ones. Experiment!
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

Radar is a handsome guy! Military macaws are my favorite macaws of all! Just love the striking contrast between green and red, but they seem to always be forgotten about when people talk about macaws.

As for getting him to be more playful, try playing with something yourself. Baby toys (like those plastic key rattles) are good to get older parrots interested in playing. Because no parrot can resist the desire to take what is yours, you get him interested by playing with the toy yourself. Play with it using your hands and pretending to use your mouth (since birds explore with their beaks more than their feet). Monkey see, monkey do This could take some time, but there will come a point he's going to become so intrigued with what exactly you find so fun/fascinating/interesting about the toy that he now comes to steal/check out the toy. Verbal praise when he touches/takes the toy and build up from there, encouraging play whenever you see him intrigued. In time, he'll figure out it's fun and want to play whether or not you're playing. It takes time, so just be patient
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Re: New member with Military Macaw

Welcome- I am new as well!

I totally can relate to having a bird who doesn't really get toys and is a tad hormonal (I don't encourage it either). Have you considered lighting and sleep schedules? Also, mine tends to be less hormonal when exposed to a wider variety of people (or so it seems). When it is just us, she tends to fixate more on me. I don't know for sure, but it sounds like he is more attention motivated than food motivated,so when he does something that you like, praise him a ton because that may be what he is after. Also, he probably is in an awkward state of transition right now, so I imagine many of your concerns will resolve with time.
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Old 07-11-2018, 01:20 PM
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That's a great idea, Kiwibird! You're so right; he tries to steal all my stuff haha
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