Old scarlet macaw training

by Kristal karakus
(Istanbul turkey)

Hello, My baby boy ara araruna flew off to the wilderness 2 days ago. As the search parties are searching for him i received a scarlet macaw from a fiend of mine to keep my female ara accompanied. The new scarlet is i believe over 10 years old and very hostile to human contact except when he/she receives food. Its been one day that its here but i will give him or her some time to adapt to its new environment until i start emposing contact. But comsidering its age how shouldmi start to teach her at least to not to bite while reaching out for the beak or head?? Any tips? Or should i not do anything until he reaches out to me which i highky doubt!
Thank you so much for all the help.

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Sep 15, 2011
Thank yoy
by: Anonymous

Hello, Thank you so much for the tips. This scarlet does not even let you touch her let alone pick her up. So i will do the same routine everyday that i do with my blue and gold. Food play 2 times a day. Lets see what happens.
As my male blue and gold has not been found or heard amywhere i am willing to be patient with the scarlet for as long a it takes.
Things we do for love.
Thank you all.

Sep 13, 2011
Training an older bird
by: Tracie

Developing trust is THE most important part of training. Spend time with the bird, and try to learn it's body language. In other words, figure out what it does when it is trying to tell you and others to leave it alone. Figure out how close you can get before the bird starts to get nervous.

Always respect the bird. As soon as the bird shows it is scared, then back up a little and just stay there and sweetly talk to it or offer it a treat. Every day try to get a little closer. Don't try to do this training too fast.

I tried to be friends with my mom's African grey and made great progress doing what I suggest above. In one day I ruined all my work by over reacting when the bird bit me. I was NOT paying attention to the bird's body language, and should have not picked the bird up. The bird bit me, I jerked my hand, the bird fell to the floor and never trusted me again.

I was able to get to the point that it would accept treats from me, but it never let me hold it again. I did not see the bird every day, or we might have overcome this. I tell you all this to make the point that you must take it slow and not make the bird mad or make it think it can't trust you.

Please look at the training material on our Parrot Training page too.

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