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"I adopted a 6 yr old macaw named Blue, from Crystal, a lady I work with. Her Dr. advised her to rid her home of Blue, whom she hand raised, and Blues parents, due to Crystals allergies and breathing problems. Blue was never handled by anyone other than Crystal and she only took about 3 days to get used to me and allow me to touch her and she now steps up for me once she comes down from the security of her cage. She will allow me to pet her on her cage but bites terribly hard if I try to get her to step up while on the cage, so I coax her down to the floor and then I can hold her. My husband and 3 teenage kids (the kids are very kind, calm, gentle animal lovers) have been trying to make friends with her by giving her treats which she will accept, my husband even had her licking cream off his finger, then in the next instant she will lash out and bite. She still bites me pretty hard when she feels like it. She seems very interested in my six year old son, he probably spends the most time around her cause her cage is in our florida room where he plays his video games. She really seems to love watching him play his games and shes always dancing along to the music. I am scared to let him try to pet her because she is unpredictable but she does seem to be very calm when I'm holding her or letting her sit in my lap and he is close by. A couple of times she has tried to approach him when shes off her cage walking around on the floor but I get scared and tell him to move away from her cause his little fingers are so little and cute I don't want them injured by her. Could I please get some reccomendations about training videos, and maybe some trust building exercises or something like that cause I feel like maybe I'm holding her back from developing a relationship with my 6 yr old out of my fear she may injure him."

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