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SO! Goober really dislikes my Mom, which is what I think the root of this is, among many different things but... Goober bit my hand really hard twice and put a whole in my lip this morning... I'll explain:

My sister got Goober out of the cage, which she rarely does and brought her upstairs to see me. Goober comes upstairs a lot, but usually only to my room. Today, Amanda brought Goober to my parent's room where I was trying on one of my Mom's swimsuits (so I was in my Mom's clothes in my Mom's room). She handed Goober to me and she latched on to my hand and wouldn't let go until I pried her off and chicken-choked her. I then let her recover for a second on the floor and offered my arm, talking quietly and calmly to her "it's ok, sweetie, it's me. it's your Mommy, it's ok" and she bit me again so I tossed her on to my Mom's bed so she wouldn't get hurt and couldn't get to anyone while I got a towel to restrain her... after I got the towel, I sat about 2 feet away from her, talking to her, trying to calm her down and keep myself calm when she JUMPED off the bed and latched on to my lip, biting through it and not letting go until, again, I pried her off my face... Needless to say, she got thrown on the bed again while I cried and cried... It was bleeding so bad..


I waited until I calmed down again and then toweled her so she couldn't see me at all and took her down to her cage, put her in it, and closed the door. I went immediately upstairs and changed clothes and waited 10-15 minutes before I came down again and she acted completely normal with me, through the cage bars, because I didn't want to get her out yet... better for us both that she stays in her cage a few hours to calm down and for us BOTH to recover...

I went to the zoo with my sister and her friend (had a great time) once I got the bleeding n all under control. It's really not that bad - a nice clean puncture through and it's already closed up after I put some peroxide on it and some neosporin. We were at the zoo for a good 5 hours and, when I got home, I showered and changed clothes again and got her out of the cage - she kept nuzzling me and begged to be on my shoulder, which I allowed, and she made kissy noises and kissed my bottom lip, like she KNEW I was hurt on my top lip... so we're good, now, it seems.

I think the root of it all was there was too much going on at once - someone who she likes, but isn't quite used to, got her out of the cage, took her to an unfamiliar room, and I was in a bikini (which she's NEVER seen me wear, only my Mom) so... I really don't blame her for it at all. She's also turning 2 in, gosh, 11 days so she's due to be hormonal and Macaws are known for getting possessive and aggressive during this phase... She's just one lucky little @#$$^% that I know and understand all this crap and that it's ME she bit, not my Mom, or she would be out of this house...

MY lip looks 100% better now than it did before, but here's an idea of the damage her beak can do when she's biting for REAL, not a warning bite, not a test bite.

The moral of the story? Big birds are NOT for everyone - you HAVE to expect something like this to happen with owning a big bird, no matter how close a bond you have. Macaws are moody to begin with and they have a VERY strong beak. I'm very lucky she just bit a hole in my lip and she didn't tear a chunk off my lip. Heck, if I had just pulled her off me like most people would, I probably would be missing a piece of my lip. Because I was willing to take another bite to my hand, I stuck my thumb in her mouth and pried her mouth open to get her off my lip rather than try and tear her away.

Just let this serve as a warning to all potential big bird owners - I don't want to scare you away from them but you have to take this sort of thing into consideration. It's in NO way her fault and she didn't do it because she hates or dislikes me - she was stressed and nervous and didn't know how else to express herself.
 

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Thank you for sharing, Jenny. I'm sorry she got so stressed. I imagine your sister feels pretty bad, too. Are you in much pain?
 
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No - I'm used to getting bit on my hands from the shop, so that doesn't bother me. My lip hurts a little still but it'll heal fast since it was a clean puncture :) Thanks for asking, Nanay
 

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you really did have a rough morning! ouch!
i'm glad you are both ok and still friends, just goes to show how unpredictable our little Fids can be.
an we love them anyways:lovehearts:
 

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Jenny,
How are things going with Goober now? Do you find you are nervous around her now? How are your wounds healing?
 
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Ouch! I'm sorry you had such a bad start to your day. It sounds like it ended well though. And you learned what not to do with Goober! Dang bikinis anyway:p
 

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Jenny,
How are things going with Goober now? Do you find you are nervous around her now? How are your wounds healing?
Things are 100% normal :rolleyes: I was a little nervous with her around my face for a day or two but she seemed to upset to not be allowed to give me kisses or snuggle that I caved and let her do what she wanted :giggle: Things are healing up just fine as well - looks like I will have a scar on my lip but otherwise fine :thumbsup:
 
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