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Henri - 2010-10-17
I have just got a new bird orange winged amazon. He is with us for about 10 days and I am worried because he is not social and seems angry with us. He is aggressive even when I try to change his food or water. Will he act like other parrots? What can I do to make him feel comfortable and safe? It has been told to us that he is a wild bird.

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  • Karen - 2011-02-01
    Dear Henri, I hope by now your OW is more social to you. I had a wild African Grey many years ago and it took some time for the Grey to be comfortable around my former husband and me - even so, the Grey become more bonded to my former husband since it was him who played with him where I was the Grey's housekeeper, cleaning and feeding him/her most of the time. I think with the more interaction you have with your OW, over time he/she will become a great companion for you!
  • CATHY - 2012-04-16
    Hi I got an orange wing too , and when they showed me his personality it was so sweet. Then he growled at me when I tried to get him off his perch,, but this is a bluff! ! They will get on a stick then your finger , they are not turning on you. They just all need a stick to get up on first I dont know why but that they way the are! ! And the scream was a big shock! ! I didnt know a parrot could be so loud! ! And I got him from a rescue place. When you're not happy you bring them back an lose all your money! ! Cant resell! ! What a jipped! ! ! But he doesnt scream after they get comfy in your home. I have a sports whistle that I blow in when he screamed and he stoped or I leave around 5 o'clock he screamed 4 times and thats all , so he a sweetie doesn't bite so I feel sorry for parrotts that go to people that don't know how loud they can be only to get stuffed in a closet or worse. Sell him if your not happy! ! ! Change water often cause they dunk their food! ! !
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christy hall - 2012-04-11
I have a 11yr old green cheeked amazon we named Tucker. We got her from a pet shop that had got her from a breeder. We don't know how many homes she's had. She was in a tiny cage with one perch and no toys. We got her a huge cage and a lot of perches a swing and some toys. She will not play at all or come out of her cage. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get her to play? She loves fresh fruits and veggies. Sweet potatoes, grapes and apples are her favorites. She's beautiful and sweet very quiet loves for us to talk to her and loves her baths. I just dont know about the playing. thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-11
    My guess is she probably never had toys (or sure not for a long time) and she is pretty much cage bound. She is afraid to come out of her cage. Put a screw on perch on the outside of the cage by the door. Put a screw on food type bowl by that perch. Put her favorite foods in that food bowl. All she has to do is just sorta sneak out and around the door to sit on that perch and she gets her favorite. Stuff. Let it be like that for a week or more - untill you can see she is relaxed and eager to eat that good stuff. Then move the perch and the bowl just a few inches at a time - finally to the top of the door - going up toward the top of the cage. On the other side of the perch (ouside the door but maybe 3 - 4 inches away from the perch) place a toy. First thing is to get her out of the cage. The foods she likes should accomplish that. Talk to her - sing, dance, act funny etc. She will learn by your antics to start and play. She might be 11 years old - but she is really 3 years old dressed in a feather suit. So be a nut, have fun, sing and dance. You play with the toy. You play with any toy. Play with a ball, play with a bell, toss the bell, have fun with it. Play with a pine cone. Take a pine cone, put it in the microwave for 30 seconds, take it out and put peanut butter or nohey on it. Yes, it will be messy but she will play with it. So get her out of the cage with the screw on perch and a screw on food bowl and her favorite foods. Be patient. Then show her how to play. Sounds nuts but if she is a typical 3 year old - then you play like a 3 year old. OK? Let me know how you do. The idea obviously is to have her do the 'UP' but if you get her OUT of the cage and you get her to play, I don't think you will have an 'UP' problem.
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Sarah Mildred Landgraff - 2012-04-07
I have a 24 years young red lored named Billie whom I rescued from a very neglectful owner back in 2007. She is a wounderful bird even after years of neglect. She came with a couple health problems which required vet visits severel times a month. Even after years of no vet care, toys even food at sometimes, she is the biggest lover on earth. Loves to sing, talk, bathe and snuggle me and my husband. Billie is free flighted and flight trained to come when called and fly to 'her' perch on command. Some people 'trash' is anothers best friend for life. She is my best feathered friend.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-07
    I am happy for you. I think it is absolutely totally wonderful that you have found a treasure.
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Abdulrahim Sn - 2012-04-04
i have amazon but not come in my hand. Help me please .

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-04
    If he is a young bird, 3 months or under, than he is probably afraid of losing balance. They will grab your finger (just a grab not a bite so don't get nuts or nervous) but they use their beak to balance. He will grab your finger and then climb up. Birds go up trees by climbing using beak and feet. If it is an older bird and he is being difficult - the idea is to get him off his cage - on the floor or on your bed. Get him out and off and away from his cage, preferably on a perch. Feed him treats - fruit loops, toast, chicken with your hand till neither of you is nervous. If you make a fist with your hand and bend you fish into your arm - the bird can't bite you as there is nothing to grab. Tuck the thumb in. OK - now the bird can't bite and you can place your hand close to him and even let him try. He will realize he can't bite you and you will be less nervous. Then take your hand and place it gently under his chest and lift saying 'UP' Then have him be on a perch or back of a chair and lift him from the chest and say 'UP' Then when you get him doing that make your hands go one on top of the other and sorta force him to climb your hands like stairs saying 'UP' and good bird etc each time. It is more you have to not be nervous. You are a big fella next to that little guy - he is scared. I realize you don't want to get bit but he doesn't want to get hurt so go slow until you both are comfortable. If he is young - just go on and pick the fella up.
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Robbie Dudley - 2010-08-26
I have a RED red laren. He is red except for the blue around his neck, we assume it's a he. His name is Billy Bob. Sometimes he gets moody. But most of the time he is loving. He talks quite well, especially when he wants one of us. He calls us by name. When we are leaving he says" I 'll be back!". He barks at the dogs. We keep his cage at the window, he sees the birds and whistles. He is a treasure.

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  • ELY - 2012-03-13
    How cute! Congratulations on youre new wonderful pet.
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Jackie Bowers - 2012-03-09
After taking my OW parrot Punkin' to 2 vets and writing in to 'ask a vet' I am still at a loss. Punkin shakes his head (flinches) about every 5-10 seconds at times mostly at night. They don't feel that these are seizures because they would last longer. I have checked his diet and it seems to be fine. He talks and plays and eats and the vet says they just don't seem concerned at this point. It seems to be when he tries to fall asleep that this happens. Has anyone out there have a clue to what is going on or if their bird has done this? Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-09
    He might just do this. Birds sometimes have peculiar mannerisms just like people. Is there anything that would 'tickle him' such as a fan or blower by the cage at night that would sorta take air across the top of his head? Probably just a mannerism and not long enough for seizures and mostly at night. Mannerism. Had a bird who always slept with one claw up his nostril. Another bird that clicked - I mean would click for prolonged times.
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Howard - 2007-05-03
I,ve owned a yellow crown for 25 years. They are the most wonderful pets. Very lovable and friendly. At times they can get noisy but their love is worth it.

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  • Meirav Melamed - 2012-03-09
    Great to know some people raise parrot for long time, where is your parrot now? I own a 6 month yellow crownded amazon. I'm verry worried that he will become very noisy and my family will not like him. Can I teach him not to be so noisy?
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Matt Robertson - 2005-12-25
Fido moved in with me 22 years ago and is still just as energetic as s/he was as an infant. This bird never bites, and exhibits a remarkably even-tempered, companionable disposition. S/he seems happiest when perched on my shoulder, snuggling into my cheek, or exploring around the home (preferring to walk rather than fly). If you put in the time to be this bird's friend you will be richly rewarded. However, LCA's have a bellowing screech that belies their small size, which Fido reserves for when s/he decides that less-intrusive bids for attention are not achieving the desired result.

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Bob Rzepka - 2010-06-06
Paco is 10 years old. We got him at a pet shop when he was not yet weaned. We had to learn how to feed him before taking him home since he was not yet ready to crack seeds. He has a large vocabulary, laughs and coughs. He does't mind our dogs and is a big part of our family. Our household would not be the same without him.

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  • Maritza - 2010-08-28
    I just got myself a yellow head amazon the guy told me she is 2 1/2 month almost 3 she is still on formula once a day and starting to eat. My question from your experience, I have her now for almost 3 weeks, she doesn't want to come with me I have to force her to come, I talk softly I feed her, carry her the most I can I take her out of the cage the is not so big because of the weaning process that she is learning how to eat. How long do you think it might take before she get more sweet, I try to have everybody touch her and talk to her. Thank you, for your answer..
  • audra - 2011-07-26
    Birds get attached to one person and they don't like anyone else. I had a bird for about three years. He was my best friend he went everywhere with me and I sold him to a family and he was very mean to them. He would not eat or anything. They called me and I went to there house he came right to me. When you buy a bird buy it as a baby because when you buy one that is older it is attached to the owner that had it before.
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molly price - 2012-02-21
I have a three month old yellow crowned amazon parrot that I got almost a month ago and I hand fed him. He is tame and starting to talk. I love him more and more each day but they are like having a baby they are a lot of work but well worth it good luck....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-22
    Make sure he MEETS many people and have him just sit in someones lap and top of his head pet. He doesn't need PASSING AROUND but introduce him to others and socialize him. You'll have a better and more content companion.
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