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    Taming a CAG

    Could use some advice on my mom's CAG. He's cage bound and not super tamed. He used to step up, but I am down here now and she has gotten him into the habit of everything being handed to him is a grab and either play (toys) or eat (food) and so his first instinct to anything getting in front of him is to bite down and try to pull it to his perch. I put my hand just outside the cage door with the door open and he leaned over and grabbed hold of my arm and tried to play tug of war like he does with her and toys she hands him. He wasn't being mean, or aggressive, but still took a chunk out of my arm (quite literally, I have a beak edge sized hole in my arm and it's going to bruise badly in the surrounding area).

    How do you break a bird of that habit to make hand taming possible? I know how to handle aggression, fear and regular biting but never had one that thought every thing was a toy or food before. o.O

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    Re: Taming a CAG

    That is a hard question to answer. I know when I put my hand in Mango's cage in front of him he always leans down and bites it but if I put my hand in his cage and immediately put my finger under his feet he hops right on my finger without biting. Maybe it would work with your Moms CAG.

    Sorry about your arm getting bitten, it sounds painful.
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    Thanks, Deanna. I didn't manage to get him to step up. Think he's going to take more than a week of work! My mom is looking into getting a falconers glove, cause she's scared of getting bit like I did, but she said she will start working with him more. If I lived closer, I would take him for a bit to get him back to being able to handle (even if he had a habit of climbing on top of your head, he would step up at least).

    The bite didn't hurt too much when he did it(thankfully, else I might have jerked away, which would have been bad). I was able to just move my arm back a little to get the skin out of his mouth while he had my shirt still. But, the entire bottom part of my arm aches now. I think he bit far enough to hit some sort of muscle, cause when I use it, I can feel pain from the bite all the way through to the bottom of my arm (he bit the top). And it made a perfect circle of a bruise all the way around it, which is now yellowing as it heals. It's getting all red and nasty looking, hoping it doesn't get infected. And that was just him barely getting my arm when he grabbed my shirt, I can't imagine the bite he could give if he had actually wanted to do damage to me!

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    The bite does not sound good at all. I got a couple of nasty infections on my fingertips close to my fingernail from Boomer biting me. One of them was so bad it turned into what they call a felon right next to my fingernail and I had to go to the doctors and have it lanced open and go on antibiotics for it. It was so painful and hopefully your arm does not get any worse. I would put a nice warm cloth on it just incase it is infected and if you have some arnica put it on it to help with the bruise and swelling.
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    I've never heard of arnica before, what is that? I've just been using peroxide to clean it.

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    Arnica is a natural gel you can buy at health food stores and it is great for swelling and pain. Or aspercream is also good to help the pain from bruising feel better. It takes the sting out of bruises and makes them heal much faster. When I had my finger infection the doctor had me soak it with hot soapy water and then wash it up good afterwards. You can take a rag with hot water and soap on it and soak your bite and just keep getting the rag warm again. This draws out the infection and the hot water feels so good on the sore spot.
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    Ah. Thanks. Can you tell I have never had anything even get near infected before? lol Which I guess is odd, given how many dogs and other animals I always had scratching me as I grew up! I think it's only being such a problem cause the CAG had just eaten some fresh foods, so his beak wasn't clean at all when he grabbed me. What I get for being nice and buying him bananas, sprouts and other goodies.

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    I would really soak it by using a pan of hot water and soap and then dipping a rag into it. I know that is what the doctor told me when my finger was infected by Boomers dirty beak. I am sorry it is still hurting you and if it gets warm when you touch it you need to go to the doctors and get some antibiotics.
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    Thank you for the tip. The redness has gone down since I tried using the arm washcloth wrapped around it. Just a little red around the edges now.

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    I am happy the redness is gone, this is great news.
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    Re: Taming a CAG

    Clicker training and target training should work.

    I think ice packs helps stop the bruising if used early and heat helps pull out the bruising if used later.
    Anica! Yes Deanna.
    I go with a poultice now and then,to pull puss out of a wound.
    I got to be a specialist due to my job. i say if i do not bleed I have not been working.
    Thorns and splinters are a common thing for me. You let them puss up and then they are easy to get out. Saves a lot of digging with a needle. or worse scalpel.
    Cuts and scrapes get Betadine.
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    Hmm. I think it's healed as much as it's ever going to by now, but it's still a pink scar. I think the bird permanently marked my arm. :o Those big beaks are vicious, even when just playing.

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    Sorry it will be there. Those big beaks are scary and thankfully Mango or Sam have never made me bleed. The worse part about them biting you is it will make you think they will do it again. I am very careful around Mango because I am worried when I go to put him back down he will bite me. So far he has not. Sam, the Too is too happy to bite anyone because he is too busy spazzing out.
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    Re: Taming a CAG

    There is a "scar" gel that you can buy and put on that scar. It will fade the scar! You should be able to find it at Wal-Mart or any Drug Store like Walgreens, or CVS.

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    Re: Taming a CAG

    Quote Originally Posted by maxollie View Post
    There is a "scar" gel that you can buy and put on that scar. It will fade the scar! You should be able to find it at Wal-Mart or any Drug Store like Walgreens, or CVS.

    Thanks, I might try that. Wouldn't look so weird if it wasn't bright pink and right above where a watch head would usually sit. lol Hopefully it settles to the white scar tissue my other scars have eventually.

    Deanna - Yeah, especially when they bite without being aggressive. No body language to read. haha But, oh well. Next time I know not to wear long sleeves, cause he thinks they are toys. And to be faster at moving my arm after I open his cage door.

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