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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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Mary - 2011-07-26
I bought a yellow headed amazon about a month ago. He is such a great pet. He loves to talk. Anything you say to him he will say back. These birds are great pets.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-26
    They are fantastic. Touch/hold/pet/take him a lot. Take him out to the store. Get him used to those birdie leashes. Let others pet him. Socialize him as much as possible. He will be
    YOUR MATE but then he will learn there is a big flock out there and that it is OK.
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Christopher Gordon - 2007-06-14
Sammy is my male double yellow headed amazon parrot, and he was hatched in 1991. I got him when he was 7 years old, and as of the date of this comment, we've been together 9 years and he's currently 16 years old. He was rather overweight when I first got him (I don't know much about his past, and his hatch-year I got from tracing his leg band ID), but with a big change in diet and exercise, he slimmed down from about 600 grams to abou 460 grams. He has a King's cage model 306 (meant for macaws) with toys I rotate monthly. Sammy is fully-flighted and has been for most of the 9 years I've had him. He is getting better at coming when called (we have structured training sessions for this), and is a joy to me. However, he's very much a one-person bird, and can be rather aggressive toward anyone else who comes near him (or me, if he's out with me). This could be prevented if he was socialized better, but most of the people in my life aren't bird-people, so it's hard to get him to be friendly with others. He gets a home-made base diet that has about 2/3 China Prairie sprouts (a mix of various hulled seeds and legumes) and 1/3 veggie mash (a mix I make myself, including "frozen mixed veggies", various fruits, dark greens, and high beta carotene veggies, along with some diced tofu and ground hard-boiled eggs with shell, kept frozen in ziplock bags), mixed together in his food dish with a sprinkling of a green powder from China Prairie that has spirulina, kelp, alfalfa, chlorella, mineral clay, and lots of other good stuff. He gets other healthy treats and an in-shell walnut or two almonds each day as well. He's unusually snuggly (with me) for an amazon, plays well with his toys, and can be very entertainingly vocal. I haven't tried teaching him specific words or phrases, but he's picked up lots over the years on his own, including calling my name (Chris). All in all, he's been a joy in my life, and I look forward to a few more decades with him.

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  • julie wiggins - 2010-02-19
    My dyh is 6 and I live alone so I very much wanted her to be social. So I have brought her to work on Fridays all these years and last year she got very aggressive with several people. I ran into the breeder and she said it sounds like you have a male. Where I bought her from the certificate said female but I took her to my vet and did another dna. Indeed she was a he. The advice I received was to not bring him to work anymore and to leave him home where he was happy and not stressed. It saddened me though because I adore him/her so I just wanted to share her and have her where if something ever happened to me that she would be easily adoptable.

    I still refer to Gypsy as she because so much of her vocabulary is good girl, such a pretty girl etc.
    I have a Quaker (feather plucker) and an African Meyer but Gypsy is my favorite, she is really a companion
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