We welcomed a Greenwing Macaw (Female, age 7) into our family a couple of weeks ago (seriously about 2 weeks!) and before we brought her home, we were able to spend time with her where she was being kept while she tried to find a new home. During that time, she did well with my wife and I thought that I was making some progress with her, as she did let me hold her a couple of times (with the last time she bit my arm). I totally understand that she can bite me and I'm ok with it, I just don't need her to take something with her when she does!
My wife said that it did take her sometime to get used to having her hold her, but eventually, it seemed like they bonded there. Then we were offered to take her home as long as we promised a good home for her. We did and have had her home since. She has been a good bird and seems to enjoy the fact that she is with someone that she knows almost constantly. We have her set up on the main floor of our house where we spend our awake time and she is in and out of her cage as she pleases and on her perch when she isn't being held by my wife.
For whatever reason, whether her past has something to do with it or not, she just has not taken to me much at all. If she is down on the floor, she actually runs across the room and tries to get me or chase me away, or whatever she thinks she is doing. I know it sounds weak, but I just try to climb the furniture or go upstairs so I don't end up kicking her or stepping on her by accident. When I walk by her, she tries to lunge at me, even if I'm just ignoring her. Yesterday, I had to run by my wife while she held her to try to catch the dog before he ran out the door and she ended up biting my wife in the arm.
I do think that I'm making some progress, but just need some help from someone that has experienced the same issues. She is taking food from me very gently, but when I ask her to "step up," sometimes, she will raise her foot like she is going to, but as I bring my arm in, she tries to bite me. So I just feel like I'm in a rutt.
I do understand that I can't just walk in and things will be great between Flower and me, but I am willing to try to work with her. I would love to eventually be able to get her to roll over on her back like she does with my wife, or even just enjoy her sitting in my lap while she grooms herself. I guess the biggest thing is that I am able to get her back into her cage when my wife isn't home. She wouldn't on Friday and I ended up having to walk behind her around the house with a towel before she went back to her cage exhausted and stressed from this event.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!