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Janet - 2012-02-16
I have a 35 year old Double Yellowhead and he has always been a happy bird. He is with and around most of the day. The past 5 years or so I notice his tail feathers have turned yellow. They come in green but turn yellow. He has a great appitite and appears very healthy. What could be causing this? Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-16
    I don't know for sure but parrots do show their age and this might be one indication. Humans get grey and maybe their feathers change. I know some blue golds who got grey feathers and a bunch of parrots that got wrinkles on bare facial patches. It is odd to realize but they do show signs of aging. I just can't think of anything else.
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jessica - 2009-12-02
My parrot just passed away today, she was 50 years old. She used to be my grandmother's parrot, she donated her to my dad and my dad donated her to me, she used to be a wonderful talker, she used to sing very morning, she used to cry like a real person...wonderful birds..!!
I decided to bury her in my backyard.

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meg - 2011-10-23
Hi - writing from Lower Mainland B.C. Canada...does anyone have a big L shaped breeding/nesting box suitable for Amazon parrots or a pattern so I can make one...or know where I can buy at reasonable price....thanks so much. Meg

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    China Prarie Farms Nest Boxes has really great nest boxes and easy to clean, view eggs etc. They just don't wear out.
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-22
    Doctor Foster and Smith 18008267206 they might have some for sale
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Ronda - 2011-01-19
I have a pair of yellow-napes, that have given me many babies in the past 10 yrs. the female lays 3 eggs, and up until 2 yrs yrs. ago I would take the babies from the nest and I always found a buyer, who then would hand feed them. LAST YEAR ONCE AGAIN SHE OR HE OR BOTH ATE THE BABY. Does anyone know why this would happen? My birds are about 23 yrs. old and I feed them exact pellets and have all these yrs. Can anyone help me? Thanks so much.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-18
    Stuff happens. I am not sure what I am writing is 100% true but I have heard this and I have been there and it makes sense. Many birds will have two eggs but feed only one baby. The second egg is insurance. Birds can sense if food source is short or if danger and will kill the young if they don't feel they can feed or care for it. Weather is wreaking havov with many breeders and no eggs or eating eggs seems to be occuring more frequently this year - again based on what I am being told. Also, pellets do change their formula to make it OK for international or overseas. If birds are having babies, I used to do everything to feed everything. Yes, peanut butter, manu, calcium, scrabled eggs, macoroni and cheese. They loved it. I would not count on formulas or pellets providing a complete nutricious feeding for birds --- Birds eat different and one size fits all - No Amazons don't need certain things that macaws do and I realize the pellets are different but pellet formulas do change. My guess is maybe egg broke (accident)- in which case they would eat it. Baby they knew couldn't make it or something wrong or outside conditions weather / food However, there may be no reason at all. Unfortunately we just can't always ask them
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-18
    Sorry I wasn't totally clear - yes they will eat the baby same reasons as the egg. If those are reasons. Happens a lot with caiques. They have 5 eggs and will feed 2 maybe 3. The 3rd, 4th and 5th egg might hatch but either mom and dad eat them or the other babies throw them out or eat them. Could just be mine but I had about 20 pairs and unless I got the first two babies out and started hand feeding, I had no hope for the others. I think that is different reason then what you have happened here. Just told many times - parents know and then I am also concerned about all pellets.
  • miriam - 2012-01-09
    The bird has chosen him like a mate. Your husband needs to let you only handle him. Maybe once in awhile your husband to handle stubby.
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Brian - 2008-03-03
I just got my second BFA about 3 months ago and I'm so happy that my first one has a companion. I got Toby 9 years ago and is about 15 years old. It only likes me and no one else. But ever since it bit me I have been scared to hold it again, but I'm slowly getting it to come to my hand. Then I got Maya who just turned 9 months old. She's really cute. She also likes me so I lucked out in my family. When I come in she says "hello" and now I'm trying to teach it its name and mine as well. I have them in two separate cages and soon they will be together. I love these birds and wouldn't give them away for the world.

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  • Lucinda - 2012-01-01
    Putting them in same cage is a bad idea they will bond and be hard to handle.
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Amanda - 2009-08-28
I have a male bird named louie. He can say hello lou and he can laugh. He laughs when everyone around him laughs, and he is atached to me. He is scared of everyone and bites them all.

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  • alma - 2010-09-06
    That is just how my bird eddie is also, and I don;t no what to do. I've had him for over 20yrs. and he will not talk.
  • Lucinda - 2012-01-01
    Well they bite because they have chosen you for their mate and they are protecting theirs. The best thing I was told to do is try to get them to step up to all even if on a perch. This is very important cause god forbid something happens to you they need to be taken care of and handled.
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Taylor - 2011-12-29
Hi it have a Yellow-naped Amazon, I don't know how but he hurt his foot is there something I can do to help him strenghten it??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-29
    My guess is he will probably strengthen it on his own. It depends on what happened. If he sprained it - it should just be OK on its own. Even if he broke it - which I believe you would notice - there isn't much you can do and it will heal. If he is real young it will heal very quickly - older takes longer. If it is twisted or obviously broken you might want to think about a vet. I doubt there are many vets out there that would know what they are doing though abd avian vets (real ones) are pretty hard to find and that is what you would need.
    Probably be fine on its own though
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crystal miller - 2010-01-25
I got a male and he will bite you when trying to get him out of the cage. After you get him out he's fine. We got him a week ago. The people we got him from says he talks, but we have tried to get him to talk and he won't. We ask them why he doesn't talk to us they say he has to get to know his new home. He is a 1-year old. I sat with him and talked and talked, can't get him to say anything, what can I do.

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  • Iain - 2010-03-12
    Patience, patience, patience. He's extremely young and rightfully nervous. Try not to take him out of the cage but instead open it and let him climb out. Otherwise do exactly what you are doing, sit with him and talk. Offer him tidbits/treats (in moderation) from your hands and slowly he'll get used to you. As he settles and becomes more comfy he will respond (usually with words or sounds you've been making to him). Don't force / push the pace otherwise it'll backfire. Some people find playing music (while he watches) will start responses (also dancing) or in warm weather use a fine water sprayer to moisten his feathers. All these things and others - done slowly, whilst talking, over time (not hours or days but weeks and months) will enhance his confidence and bring him out of his shell. Enjoy your bird even if he doesn't talk and he'll enjoy you. All the very best with him (I brought mine up this way he's now 10 and runs the house, dogs, cats and us :))
  • Cyndi - 2010-05-12
    Crystal, the only thing you can do with a bird to "make him talk" is to let him be. Not all birds talk, although they are capable. If that is the only thing you are looking for in a bird, then please get a toy bird. Please take some time to do research on the internet. Answers from blogs are not the only source. Just read. And read. Having a new bird is like having a new 13-year old in the house - they will get used to you and will probably surprise you. Good luck!
  • Anonymous - 2010-05-24
    We just got a beautiful 4yr old YC amazon.She is super sweet and super shy. She would "growl" at me trying to get her out of the cage.I put a glove on and she jumped right on my hand.I was actually kinda shocked. We are working her away from the glove. Now I have it just in my hand. Just my persnal opinion sounds like your little man is a bit territorial(Sp?) about his cage. My Olivia wants to be on her cage all the time. I believe the previous owners let her sit all day and that was it. We like our sweeties to be a part of the family. Ours was also suppose to talk but have mot heard a word.I am hopingit is jst because she is new and nervious...but if she never udders a word thats okay to.
  • Steve - 2010-06-11
    He will bite you as you are entering "his Domain". what you need to do is to open the door to his cage and let him come out by himself, as he is already 12 months old, do you know how he was handled before you took him? Many pet shops are very "rough" with the birds and he will be finger shy. You need a lot of patience.. I mean a lot we are talking about 6-8 weeks of daily attention to create a bond and build the trust relationship. Once he trusts you it all becomes easier. As to talking, Amazons usually get noisy around sunrise and sunset, so be there and join in, mimic the noises he makes and sooner than later he will surprise you. Again it all takes patience... that is the key...enjoy your bird.
  • Don Creamer - 2011-02-08
    Hi my name is don I have a blue fronted amazon we got him a week ago and we could not get him to talk but one day the phone rang and he said hello clear as day just give him time do you feed him fruit they love grapes.
  • Judie - 2011-12-23
    Hi Crystal,

    My amazon is 4 yrs. old and a total delite to my family. He sings a total of about 14 different songs and will talk your ear off. When strangers come to the house or I have a gathering around Thanksgiving or Christmas he may manage a hello, but that's it. You would think he couldn't talk at all. I have walked just outside on the patio or in another room where he could hear me while speaking to a stranger and he would talk and sing, but the minute he saw the stranger in the same room he would stop speaking. I think your amazon just needs to get use to you and your family. Make sure he is in the family room where all the action is, and he will eventually learn your voices and phrases and start communicating. Be sure at night you cover him up and allow him quiet and sleep time and area though, because he will be crabby and not have the sleep he needs if you don't allow this. My amazon, G.W., tells me at night when he is ready to go to bed by saying 'time to go night night'. He is really a hoot!!
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Linda Beninato - 2011-02-03
I would like to know if the female amazon egg needs to be fertilized? No this is not a joke.

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  • Paul - 2011-02-15
    Yes, of course it does. Fertilization is internal. So if your parrot lays an egg and has no mate the egg is sterile. Just throw it out.
  • Judie - 2011-12-23
    Hi Linda,

    Yes, you need a male amazon to fertilize the egg if you want the egg to hatch into a chick.
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Tinga - 2011-12-11
My brother has just bought me an OW after I mentioned wanting a parrot. He was bought from a bird breeder and we were given a certificate saying his hatching date as 15th July 2011. I have him home and I love him to pieces, but I'm unsure on how to tame him! I'm worried that he hasn't eaten since he arrived which was 48 hours ago. He also 'twitches' and panics, flapping away when ever I put my hand any where near him. I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice as I've never had a bird/parrot as a pet before. Thanks

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-12-11
    Well, first, give him some time to acclimate to his new environment. If he only arrived 48 hours ago I am sure he is still getting used to his surroundings and to the new people. I would talk to him daily when feeding him and in another couple days start approaching him again. Try offering him food and approach him with your hand very slowly. If he was hand-fed as a baby he will probably warm up to you pretty fast. Here is a guideline on taming an Amazon parrot for a little more information: Amazon Parrot Care, Handling and Training
  • David Buss - 2011-12-22
    I have an OW hatched July 12 2011. Figi was hand raised by a very good breeder who we knew. I was able to see and play with Figi from about 2 weeks old. You should contact the breeder and find out what they fed him and go with that. You can later introduce other approved foods. Don't worry once he gets use to you, or his new suroundings you can use food treats and a calm voice and he should come around. Figi loves to have his/her head/cheeks/chin scratched. The best thing you can do is talk to him and move slowly till he lets you handle him at will. You are in for a lot of fun and a friend for life.
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