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Thanks for letting me join. I am new to owning a harlequin macaw named Wiley. My husband received the bird last year from an owner who could no longer care for her. I know nothing of her previous owners, but we are told she is 17 years old. She just moved in my home a few weeks ago.

I sure could use some advice. I do not know much about her and the library does not have any books dedicated to macaws. She is a biter. I have begun giving her foraging baskets and have created a second perch for her. So far it has been 2 days and she has not bit so I am hopeful there.

Any ideas and suggestions? I am a quick study when my brain is working right. I have had a brain injury so my short term memory is none existent. I do take good notes and remember more of what I read then what I hear so I have hope I can learn to be a better owner so she can live out her life as happy as she deserves.

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Welcome and congrats on your new Fid!! I have no macaw experience so will leave the advise up to some one else.
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I do have one question you can answer... what does FID mean? I feel a bit silly in asking.



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Welcome! Fid is short for feathered kid

As for the biting, have you ruled out what is upsetting your bird?

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Smile Yep! I am still learning about her behaviors.

I am trying not to get her angry. I have started teaching her to forage in baskets, and she was a bit angry about that until she realized there were almonds and peanuts waiting for her to find. I had read that a bored bird tends to bite so I am trying to help her be less bored.

We just built her a new perch that stands in the window and she loves!!! it. So she gets play time away from her cage. We leave the doors open on her cage so she can climb on top and on the sides, but I think she really loved the perch in the window.

That hardest part for me is approaching her after she bit thru my fingernail and almost took the end of my finger off! Today she was enjoying a scratch and went to bite me, but I pulled my hand away fast enough there was no blood drawn. According to my husband she was playing so I still have some learning to do.
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I would try target training with her it's a great way to build up a bond with your bird and hopefully through doing it she will learn not to bite you. It's a long process, starting from just clicker training but it can be done with any bird

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