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Beverly - 2012-08-11
I am shocked at what people are feeding their parrots. Junk food and meat that I wouldn't feed my child or myself. My Amazon eats only organic. For breakfast he eats banana, apple, and most any other fruit I have. Oranges are not the best but every now and then he gets a bit for a treat. Romaine lettuce, carrots, peas and most veges at different times for supper. He of course always has organic pellets in front of him. He has never had a weight problem nor will he. He's beautiful and healthy. I would never sell any bird to anyone that fed a bird the way I read here. It's a crime. Just because a bird will eat anything doesn't mean it should. Please people do your research before continuing slowly killing your pet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-12
    Parrots eat meal in the wild.  They need the protein and will eat all sorts of insects, lizards or worms.  Banana, apple, and all that fruit is going to give your birds one big case of diahhreha.  A grape to her is like you eating a watermelon.  Think size proportion.  Junk food - a whole wheat pizza with tomatoe, peppers, olives, cabbage, topped off with romaine is not junk food.  You might want to rethink what you are doing.
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John Anderson - 2012-08-03
I have two amazon fledglings, they are about 4 weeks old, siblings. I have read that it's good to have a mate or another bird. Is it optimal to have siblings or better to pair them later?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-03
    It honestly depends on what you want. If you let them pair now, and let them stay in the same cage, they will pair bond at a young age and will not be as tame as they would b if you had them separated into 2 different cages.  They are brother/sister - you probably don't know the sex.  Without feathers pretty good shot you can see their bare heads and the male head will appear (and actually is) flatter than the females.  The males head has a distinct flatness to it and the females is a fairly smooth cruve from the eye over the top of the head and to the neck.  If you have two females or two males, they aren't going to produce fertile eggs (offspring).  If you like them both and wish to keep them both then I would put each one in its own cage and have individual time with each of them.  You can have a cage with one of them and then a large perch and then a cage with the other one.  That way they can play together at times if they want.  You have a perch and canlet one out a time and work with them and train.  You can spend individual time with them.  An amazon has a very long life expectancy 70 years or so - they sure don't have to pair bond now.  You can wait till they are 15 or 20.  It depends on if you wish to breed.  One amazon with you as it's mate is going to strongly bond to you.  Two amazons are going to bond to each other.  When they bond to each other, most times, they become difficult to handle.  Do you want a pet or do you want to breed?
  • John Anderson - 2012-08-03
    At what age should they be seperated if you want them as pets?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-03
    I would separate them as early as now.  I'd give them each their own container - and their own stuffed animal.  I'd want to do it before they are able to be walking around, climbing etc.  They love their little stuffed animal and they can keep it.  They can cuddle up to it, get warm byt it and they will actually carry it around as they are able to walk.  I'd definitely separate them and gice them individual attention at 8 weeks.  Let them lay on your chest and hear your heart beat.  Have them watch TV with you.  The more you handle them, the more social they will be.
  • John Anderson - 2012-08-04
    good info..They are still very young and not walking around yet, pretty much just either stand there or lay down like you said, and they do like to be on my chest. Very cute. So I figure soon I will seperate them.  We already feed them in seperate containers....and try to give them seperate thanks again..
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-05
    I have been told the closer to Panama you get with the amazons, the mellower the personality.  Panamas are easy and lovable and make a good family pet.  The yellow shoulder andyellow faces - I could hold them when they were on eggs.  The double yellow head is gorgeous and love to talk.  They bond usually to one person and are a tad difficult on occasion.  I would take mine and hold it way up in the air and say 'I am an eagle i can fly'  and then I would put it upside down in my hand and say 'I am a bat I lay down'.  I did this and other things starting while they were barely off formula to make sure tame, trained, used to being handled.  I didn't have any problems with mine.  Put words to their actions starting now 'heartbeat' for hug or 'hug', 'kiss' 'sing'   they love music and TV
rhoda - 2012-07-13
Can someone help me. My bird is about 6 yrs old. Two days ago he started acting diff. He climbed to to bottom of his cage ripped up all the paper eats twice as much. If  I don't give him more food he gets what he drops on the bottom of the cage. He started making the diff noise. It's like a bird purring. He has a toy of thick rope he's backing up against rubbing his feathers from his head to his tail.  And yesterday I thought he was dieing.  He was even laying on me like a baby. He does this for about 45 min then he's normal again. I don't know what to think

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-13
    I don't know for a fact but it sounds like breeding/nesting behavior.  Parrots given any chance will shred paper, magazines, newpapers etc and that is normal.  All of a sudden to eat a whole lot more (or less) is normal.  Can't fill them up enough when winter is coming and they don't eat much in the summer but eating habits change thoughout the week so that is normal.  Getting all goosey and cudly and 'being a baby' that is normal - even for an amazon at times.  Figuring out a way to scratch his head and back - that can be normal.  However, when I think about all these things together it sounds like breeding/nesting behavior.  They get a little funny and will tear things up to make a nest.  Their mate would usually be preening them so the back scratching.  They would eat a lot more cuz they would be expecting to incubate or feed babies or mate.  And of course they get all lovey dovey with their mate.  If you aren't sure you have a male, you might have a female that is about to lay 1 - 3 eggs.  I'd put a little bowl in the bottom of the cage and put some paper towel or carefresh in it just in case you have a female who wants to lay an egg.  If she does, let her have it till she gets bored with it or about 30 days.  Then just throw it out.  If it is a male - he won't lay an egg and the behaviors will go back to normal in a couple of weeks.  Meanwhile just enjoy the nature. I can't be positive but breeding/nesting behavior sounds like what it is.  Right age too - puberty is hard on everyone. 
  • rhoda - 2012-07-15
    Thank u so much!!!' U hav helped
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Amanda - 2012-04-15

I have a red headed amazon bird named Tupac (7 years old), as a favor to my dear sister, who is in between homes and cannot have a bird. I stepped up to take care of Tupac, (in which, I love to death). I have always been his favorite, due to the attention I give him. He thinks I am his mate, and clearly protects me to the fullest.

My issue is: my sister was stuck with him through her ex boyfriend, who just didn't want or understand the life long commitment a bird requires. My sister took him in and we've cared for him ever since (past tense, when we both lived at home with mom). Now I have him in my apartment building, just as a favor to my sister. My sister can't give him the care and attention he needs, as well as I can't either. She doesn't have the heart to come to terms with finding a home for Tupac. Whether it's now, or 3 years from now, I am realistic in what's to happen.

I just need some advice on where is the best place to bring him, (when it's time to give him up). I will literally kill myself if I gave him to someone who mistreated him, or neglected him. I spoke to some pet stores, but my gutt is telling me, that's not the right home for him.

If I had my own house, I swear I would let him stay with me for life, but I don't and my poor boyfriend is suffering also. He is not a fan of birds and for me, he is trying to build a relationship with Tupac, but it just not working. I also have gotten 2 noise complaints due to my ill Tupac squawking (I dont even know if I am allowed to have a bird in my building). My boyfriend and I both work long hours and we dont have the time to give him the attention he needs. The second I get home, I give him 2 hours of attention, before I go to bed. I know that's not a lot, but I honestly can say I am doing the best I can.

Any comments or suggesting will help.

Amanda and Tupac

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-16
    Hard one - I am really not keen on a pet store either except for a couple I know which I know are GREAT. You can place an ad in the paper and then meet the person that TUPAC will find a new home with. My concern here is his attachment to you, as he just might not go to another person and allow himself to be handled by a stranger. Again, I do not know where you live but TUPAC can get married. There are many excellent breeders that do look for single birds and will house and find a mate for your TUPAC. There aqre also sanctuaries - some good and some not great at all. Where do you live - just the state? 1. person purchases Tupac 2. You give Tupac to a breeder in matrimony 3. Santuary - which would get him used to other people and they place with homes.
  • Jane and don Trunkey - 2012-05-02
    Hello. We have a female. Red crested amazon that would love a mate!!she is about 25. And is twitipating. Now that is a spring!! Can we get together. Near Portland Org.
  • Amanda - 2012-07-02
    Dear Mr. Roche, I did not get any email notification that you responded to my posting a while back, but thank you so much. I appreciate your suggestions and I like what you’re saying (by the way, I live in Queens, New York). If you can kindly direct me in any way to places in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania area that would be a trustworthy place to bring him- that would mean a lot to me. Tupac is EXTREMELY attached to me, however, he loves 'all eyes on him” type of attention, so him getting used to someone else i personally don’t think that would be a huge issue- For example: If there are 5 people in a room Tupac will not be satisfied, until every single person has acknowledged him and he gets passed around from person to person. LOL I never heard of birds getting married? Over all, if Tupac is happy I am just about willing to do whatever I have to do to make sure he gets the best life that he deserves. He is a really special bird and I hate that this is our situation. It is a horrible feeling to love him so much, but not be able to give him what he needs. Truly breaks my heart! Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Amanda
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patricia - 2012-06-01
I have a yellow nape thought to be a male but not...laid three eggs but I find that she is quite aggressive towards men. She is totally bonded to me and I can do most anything with her. She even does kissing sounds for me. Her name is Coco and I adopted her 12 yrs ago. She is my little darlin I love her immensely but she wants to attack my boyfriend in the worst about jealous!!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-01
    Most amazons become very bonded to one person. Some are good with the whole family but most seem to pick a 'mate' and then are real possesssive of that mate. Yep, they get jealous.
  • Carri Williams - 2012-06-07
    I have the same problem with my Parrot (Baby) She is 33 this year I have had her since I was 7 she was 1. She is EXTREMILY possessive of me. We are not sure if she really is a she?? If I am not around she is nicer to everyone.
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elena rodriguez - 2012-06-03
I have a yellow head parrot and his name is chabelo - two years old this month. He talks and sings. When do they stop learning?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-03
    I don't think they ever stop learning. I know they learn new things based on experiences past the age of 27 years old for sure. They learn from new people, new experiences, new TV programs - just everything.
Anna Klymenko - 2012-05-31
HELP! Hi everyone! we have yellow-headed amazon (oratrix). We had it quite by chance, mom accidentally saw it in the shop dying. So we bought it and took it home. The bird had been attacked by cockatoo. It does not fly as it might have 1 wing broken or something. One eye does not see. The lower part of bill is torn and the bird has eating problems. It was about to die but my parents managed to save it at least for now. It never eats itself whatever we give to him. We think he might have some digestion problems or something with liver or kidneys. and now on it's stomach some tumor appeared. We do not know what it can be and we cannot take it to the doctor coz in our country the birds are very rare and no one knows how to treat them. what can we do with eat? maybe some treatment? what food to give?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    If you have bird formula in a pet store, I would start feeding the fella some baby formula with a spoon. Just make the formula per directions and gently dribble the formula from a spoon into the birds mouth (slowly). You can also do this with baby food but formula is preferable. Anything that is nutricious that you can put in a blender or mash up and feed with a spoon until the bottom beak is strogner. Birds bite with the bottom beak. They pick up food with the bottom beak. The top beak is just used for climbing pretty much. If the wing is broken - it just is. It will mend and I doubt without a vet there is anything you can do except just let it heal. He will be fine with just one wing - just won't fly but he won't care. I have no idea what the 'tumor' could be. I think just keeping it warm and feeding him. I hope all works out - it was a courageous and hard thing you did and hopefully all works out and you have a friend for life.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    Was thinking more. Birds attack with their beak and some with their feet. The cockatoo would have attacked the amazon with its beak and against his face which is what tore the bottom beak off. Amazon eats with the bottom beak so feeding it baby bird formula or baby formula or blended human food should give him nutrition. The wing could have been broken (or sprained) when the amazon fell which most likely happened when the cockatoo attacked. Eye is from the attack and may heal on its own but if not he will be OK with one eye. The 'tumor' really shouldn't be part of the problem and look for ingrown feather, fatty tumor - just leave alone for right now. If you can get any antibiotics for the bird, that would be good.
Rose - 2012-05-27
The first time I met Bosco I was hooked on this bird! A few years later my friend needed to find a home for Bosco so now he is MY bird and I love every minute of his attention and antics! He barks like my mini poms, meows like the cat, clucks like a chicken even scratches on the bottom of his cage like a chicken, he too likes answering the phone when it rings and asks 'how are you doing'? Recently my 10 yr old grandson moved in with me and he calls him Bob which isn't his name but oh well, and is now learning to speak like a 10 yr old, whadda up, hey dude and his favorite song to sing is You Are My Sunshine. I'm so happy with the investment I made with Bosco!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-28
    Amazing right. I would play a game with mine and hold her high in the air and say 'I'm an eagle I can fly' and then I'd bring her down and lay her in the palm of my hand and say 'I'm a bat, I lay down' and she would laugh. She liked games.
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Kim - 2012-05-23
Hello I have a blue front amazon parrot have had him for about almost 5 months. I was told he was 4 yrs old and they were not sure if he was male or female. As far as I know he went from breeder to 2 different owners, a male for over 3 yrs then a female for 3 months then I bought him myself. My Question is this at what age should he talk really good? He says small things but very very limited laughs alot and screams more then anything and never sings is this normal? Also he has had many different names breeder called him Kiwi male called him Pedro and the female called him Rudy so myself and my family call him Rudy should we try and call him all 3 names or keep to the last one?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-23
    Let the little one pick his name. Go down a list which can include the 3 names plus a whole bunch of others. Pick the name he responds to. You will be saying Rudy, Kiwi, Bob, Bets, Sinbad or whatever and the sound he likes he will give you some sort of responce and let that be his name. If he responds to Rudy - then let that be his name. Amazons can learn to speak at any age. The more they are talked to and hear TV, radio and humans talking to them - the more they are going to talk. He probably hasn't really started talkuing yet because of so many owners but he will - onc he starts - he won't stop. Put words to his actions ie 'food' 'up' 'hug' 'scream' play 'peek' laugh and say 'laugh' put words to things he does or sees.
  • Kim - 2012-05-25
    alright thanks will try that for a few weeks see if it does any good
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Melissa Ann Knapp Wilbur - 2012-05-23
I have a 5yr year old one wing amazon. I rescued him he lived in a parakeet cage for 4yrs he is my love my heart and he knows I rescued him. He was so mean when I got him now he follows me all over the house :)


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