new macaw aggression

hi there well what it is we have had this 4 year old macaw 3 days now,1st day she was pretty nervous with her new surroundings,,2nd day she was dropping her head so she cld have a tickle,,come to the 3rd day shes acting all aggresive,,i really dont know what to do,,I must say we havnt let her out of the cage yet,,wich i do think she wants,,,so im kind of stuck what to do,,any advice would be so much appreciated tyvm

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Aug 23, 2011
new macaw aggression
by: Linda

First, she needs to be examined for infection by an Avian Vet in your driving area. People who get birds also have to know where an Avian Vet is that they can get to. If you don't have an avian vet already set up, then do so or take bird back where you got it and have some other kind of pet

Most ALL birds coming from pet stores and most breeders are already sick, and this accounts for many deaths of pet birds within the first weeks or months. So, get her to an Avian Vet for a thorough checkup quickly.

The other thing is to put yourself in bird's place. If you were very small, taken from a place you called home, left with people you don't even know much less trust, would you be a Happy Camper or would you be TERRIFIED out of your wits? She is terrifed of you, her new cage, the house and any members of the human or pet family. 3 days is nothing except the time where she goes to the avian vet to be examined. She needs to be seen by avian vet before ANY TAMING AND TRAINING CAN OCCUR. Ignore this advice at the risk of the bir's well being. After that, give her some time to adjust. If she's healthy, then you can look at some of the training materials on this site. If she's sick, give her meds as prescribed by avian vet. Feed her organic high quality pellets like Harrison's found here and only 10-15% organic fruit/veggies. Feed NO HUMAN FOOD OR MEAT OR NUTS OF ANY KIND as this is not a good diet for a bird.

Last thing is that you have to earn a bird's trust as it is not freely given. Three days is hardly enough time for her to even understand what's happened to her much less trust any of you. Put yourself in her place anytime you wonder about her behavior and see what you would do and how you might feel. This is called compassion and understanding. Your bird is not a toy you can wind up to play with. She IS a sentient being who feels loss, pain both emotional and physical, lonliness, fear, in fact the full range of emotions people feel and all the physical pain they may experience. Respect her, take her to avian vet when needed and feed her the best food you can get your hands on for all her life. You'll have a healthy, happy, gorgeous friend to be proud of, and a best friend to share your lives with. Teach others about how to properly care for parrots to help make all their lives a little better. You are very blessed to have the opportunity to share your lives with one of the most beautiful and intelligent of the parrot world, the Macaw. Be thankful and grateful for this opportunity to entertain an Angel in your midst.

Linda

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