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Sarah-Jane

Reading A Macaw

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I was just wondering from those of you with macaws how you read their body language.

Milo is obviously a bit wary of me, he was used to Mairi and so now wondering where she's gone.

He's not too keen to step up. He's done it a couple of times for me and I've rewarded him, I been bribing him with banana because it's his favourite. I know his whole world has been turned upside down these last few days so I don't want to push him.

Mairi did say he's stubborn, so how do I tell if hes wary and warning me off, or just stubborn!?

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scarlett will know, i wouldnt push my luck thats a big beak to get a bite from :laugh: :laugh:

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I would have though most Macaw body language is the same (or similar to other parrots) suppose with the size of them beaks its more important to read it though :biggrin: Sure he will be fine in a few days, like you say its all new to him at the moment..

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Im sure he is wondering where mairi is but he will soon come round! It was funny reading gypsy mood when we got her .... There was just a funny luck in her eyes!!! Lol

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Usually when our birds are wary they show it by sort of looking from side to side like they want a get away. If they purely don`t want to do something we get head feathers fluffed, slight aggresion, slightly open beak etc,

He`s a well bred, confident Macaw so although it`s all new to him he`s likely to be excited more than wary and just wanting his own way ie only stepping up when he wants to.

If it were me, I would set the guidelines straight away so he knows that when you tell him to step up, whether he wants to or not, it`s a MUST. If he lunges he`s unlikely to actually bite, our Macaws lunge all the time to try to put us off making them do things, but persist and they just look at you with that 'oh alright then' sort of face.

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Lol thank you Scarlett :) I don't want him to think I'm soft and he can get away with anything!!

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Good luck SJ :biggrin:

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Good luck Sarah Jane I'm sure you'll have it sussed in no time xx

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Good luck!! You are a brave lady!!

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Thanks guys!

As some of you may of seen, turned a corner with milo yesterday he let me put his harness on.

Today, he came straight to me, stepped on my arm. I made a fuss then took him to his tree, he flew on my shoulder had lots of cuddles. Got his harness out, he let me put it on first time no problems. He's had a fly in the garden now he just wants more cuddles :) he goes wherever I do lol

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Awww that's brilliant SJ :thumbsup:

Julie

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Excellent, you`ll soon know what everything he does actually means because they`re all different.

He`s learning youre his mum :)

So pleased for you, I really am :)

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That is fab - great he can have a good fly on his harness!!

No stopping you both now :biggrin:

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That's great Sarah-Jane, no stopping him now :thumbsup:

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Billiant really chuffed for you xxxx

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Brilliant Sarah. Xx

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yeah like scarlett says they're all different :) You'll learn what you can push him for and other things where you'd rather keep your fingers lol! But he sounds like hess getting attached which is so sweet :) so sooner or later he'll do anything you want :) x

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