Hello all! It's been crazy but I thought i would update on the velociraptor macaw, (I say that with love lol). I have been keeping a journal, and the latest strange thing i thought i would share. First, there have been improvements, I look back and some are huge. I can actually sweep next to the cage now and not have panicked macaw. Yay! When out Harvey is still snappy so we do other stuff like peekaboo, dancing, and lots of bananna chips. My boyfriend came down to visit......guess what (most people who have had birds just went yep lol) twerp macaw jumped right on my boyfriend. Months and he just decided oh I like you,lol. Well he was raised by a man. He still was not all sweetness and light, poor jon (boyfriend) got bit once when Harvey slipped and he was never taught anything that a baby should have been. So he was agressive immediately and wanted to run to the shoulder. Poor jon, had handled my prior macaws and they were cuddle types......so he was not quite sure when he passed by and suddenly had a macaw hanging on his shirt. Harvey however I feel thought it was a great joke. I am convinced that birds have huge senses of humor. Lol. So onward, he liked Jon's kids. I was afraid that would be scary since the prior had 2 kids that sprayed him. These two and I had huge discussions about how and what they were even allowed to do and say in the living room. Amazing that Harvey was fascinated with them. Onward, Harvey is now jumping around for his bath when he sees the bottle. Awesome, since he would sit in the corner and shake and scream if he saw it. Another yay! Peekaboo has opened doors lol. He loves his satin sheet that his grandma gave him. He will pull it to cover the cage top when he is out, then when he goes in and we play peekaboo, I noticed he had started to ruffle feathers and put his back to the cage. This is cage covered with me under the sheet.I was not trusting him since before he would put his back up, look then squeal and snap. This was a much different stance. I usually can say where's your tickle foot and he puts his foot up, so he then started putting it very high and scratching his own head. Eventually we worked to ok I will touch you and we have gotten to where he is actually not snapping and wanting to get scratches. If I say do you want scritches he will put his head down or back up with ruffled feathers and let me scratch him. We have to polish his beak and play tickle foot too. Only under the blanket. Never had that behavior. If he is out, nope. Snappy macaw. He still won't step up if offered. My conclusion so far is he feels safer I the cage, under the blanket. Maybe because no one but me has ever played with him like that? On a side note, we can feel a little satisfaction as Harvey sort of got his day in court. It's sad but He says no, stop it. Stop it davey. I cant take it anymore. I hate you. Davey is one of the abusive wretches kids. Poor little guy is 4. His dad ended up getting custody as she was apparently abusive to the dog too, someone caught her and she was caught cutting herself. Okay it's sad and she needs mental help but Harvey helped that little boy since the grandmas attorney had proof of what was said. A good end for child and bird. The world is an amazing and sometimes strange place. Let me know your thoughts on the blanket!