Lenny sounds like as much fun as Sammie. I have an old white, tattered robe that I put on every night for our "nightly loving." Just in case she wants to poop on me or pull strings. It's also a way for her to stretch her feet after being on a perch. Sammie doesn't like to poop in her cage (we bought her an acrylic cage with special lighting and filtered venting)and will try to hold it until I take her out of the cage and put her on the perch. If I'm out of town, she'll go in her cage though.
I can't let Sammie sit on my shoulder. Greys start to believe that they're bigger than you if you do this and will take a chunk out of your ear!
She sits on my chest and we kiss and work on vocabulary. If I am rushed and don't hold her very long and put her back in her cage, do I ever hear about it. She gets really angry with me. Has good boundaries!
How much does Lenny weigh? I'm not sure I've seen the smaller Macaw's.
Two teen age boys came to the door last night, selling tickets for their football team and Sammie started saying, Hi, how ya doing? They were freaked out!
I found the most wonderful vet. He spent 1 hour and 15 minutes with Sammie. He said you had to approach them on their level of intelligence. He explained everything he was going to do with her before doing it. My own doctor has never given me that much time!