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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 :)

Denzel - 2012-05-20
I have OW for about two weeks now and I believe she is 4 months old. She loves to screech and whistle and so far only says morning. She hates strangers and is very sweet. She comes out of her cage a lot and has a great time while out!!! She is a great pet I am glad we got her :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-20
    Yes, they make an excellent pet. They are normally timid around strangers. Don't foget to start with the 'step up' command so it will be used to you picking him up. Start putting words to things he does now. Step up, kiss, hug, pretty (and you can pull his wing out and say pretty), etc
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elaine - 2012-05-13
I inherited my yellow naped amazon last yr, but have interacted with her for about 5 yrs. No one knew for sure if she was male or female but we all assumed she was a she..well Baby is about 25yrs old and she just night before last laid her very first egg...she is so in love with me, my husband says she loves him also but shes in love with me...did that cause her to lay an egg after all this time..I do spend all day with her and we are very close and hands on, she wouldnt allow her former owner to do any of the things we do with her. She allows me to hold her upside down and she has bitten me many times...I just keep on with her and even tho it HURTS I just keep at her...I took the egg away and put it up and she doesnt seem to miss it..what would have caused her to lay an egg after all this time?

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Cliff - 2010-03-11
I have a Panamanian Yellow Head named Nicky. We have had her 22 years. Loves women's voices and singing. She eats everything, coffee, tea (both preferred hot), especially fatty foods like butter, bacon, sausage, chicken bones, beef fat. Basically anything I eat, that is what she wants. Of course seeds, fruits and veggies. She is from Panama and has several spanish phrases, laughs, crys if someone is crying. Has been a wonderful part of our family. Has anyone else heard of a Panamanian being such a carnivore?

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  • Ricardo - 2010-11-01
    Yeah! I have a Panamian too, his name is Roberto, he likes eggs (boiled or scrambled), cheese, also love chicken bones, and ham, even fish, but we don't like to feed him that; he also love seeds, peas, and flower buds.
  • Tomas - 2011-01-09
    Yes I have 2 Panamaian yellow heads is there a sure way to tell the sex, is the female without the yellow forehead? Just green ..
  • Boris - 2011-11-30
    Yes, our Pepe (male,ca.25years old)is really crazy about butter. He steals pieces of bread right from our breakfast table just to lick the butter out from the bread. He also prefers corned beef and salami. I'm really not sure if this kind of diet is suitable for a parrot. So we try to look after him especially if he's near the table.
  • Greg - 2012-04-29
    All of my parrots (Amazon, Grey, Jardines,...) will eat meat/animal products if I let them. I would really suggest that you not let them, they put on lots of unhealthy calories that a pet bird rarely burns off. I give mine a little high-omega-3 hard boiled egg during molting season, but that's about it. They eat load and loads of colorful fruits, greens, flowers, etc.

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