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Barb, IA - 2009-02-02
We have had Oliver, a (Green Cheek) Red Headed Amazon for 40 years. Oliver was purchased at a dimestore by my mother as a birthday present for my dad. Little did we know that we would still have him today! Ollie outlived dad, four dogs and a cat. He dearly loves my mother and will say hello to her immediately. Oliver also loves my husband and bonded with him years ago when we visited my parents, so it came as no surprise that when we took mom and Oliver home to live with us, Ollie started singing and whistling with my husband as loud or high pitched as he could to show he was his buddy. As a matter of fact, my husband is the only one that can open up the cage and play with his feathers without getting bit. I can only pet his head when we are alone but I don't dare open the cage and put my hand in there. He has forgotten some things he used to say as a young bird but has introduced new sounds instead. He used to sing the birthday song but now only one line of it. He can vocalize arpeggios but only going up the scale, says,
"Hello there", "Hi Oll",("Bye bye"- When we grab our keys or put our coat on), makes a drinking sound, seeds sound going into his cup, silverware scratching on plate sound, a special sound my dad taught him to make when we ask him if he likes what we put in his cup- his eyes also turn bright orange when he shows he likes something too.He can say "night-night" but used to say "night, night, turn out the light" so he has actually shortened his word phrases. He loves oatmeal with milk, fresh or cooked green beans-so he can take out the seeds, corn on the cob, potatoes and butter, chicken leg bones to tear apart, orange and apple slices, raspberries, carrots to tear apart, most nuts. He loves to hold walnuts and pecans in his claw. Big striped sunflower seeds are a necessity everyday. His eyes are always watching you even if he is resting, he doesn't miss a meal or a snack because he knows when the cabinet opens that's where the nuts are! I try to feed him first because he will scream till he gets fed or if we cover him up he will still yell. He gets put in the back bedroom when he can't be quiet when we have alot of company. Oliver loves a good argument. If I raise my voice to talk he does too. If my husband and I are having a conversation he joins in too. If I whisper he talks softly like a little bird cooing.
He used to come out of the cage and stand on top but now is afraid to come out even if the door is open.
He says "hello there" to strange cats and dogs that come to visit. I think he's really frightened but showing he's the boss. When I vacuum he takes a bath in his water cup so I put fresh warm water in there before I begin when I remember to do so.
We cover him on three sides to keep him warm all year round and I make a tent for him when he takes naps. At night he get covered completely and by blankets if its cold. We move the cage around the house so he can be with me or mom during the day. He is afraid of being left by a window or door. I think he's afraid of other birds flying by. But if my husband is outside he loves to watch him. Talk about high maintenance! I know we are programmed by this bird but we're used to it!!! We wouldn't trade him for anything in the world.


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  • Heather - Michigan - 2010-07-11
    You're not alone Barb our Jewels is the same way except he is the king of the castle here at our home if the cats act up he will swoop down at them and peck them on the head or if my kids argue with me he starts in to get his two sense in. He loves to take showers with my husband and like yours allows him to do whatever he wants to him but only allows me to touch his head. He loves to talk and if we are in another room he will start to yell all our names on after another until he gets someones attention he will even call the dog.
  • kamyab - 2010-08-15
    I have an orange winged amazon he is going to be 2 years old soon. We bought him at a pet shop when I went to buy a african grey but (ow) the amazon was so cute and quit sitting at the back of it's cage that i bought her she is very nice let's me pet her most places except from the leg and the wrist band on her leg is getting tight wat do i do?
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LAURELL GARCIA - 2010-08-08
Hello i was wondering if i can put a (5yr female) yellow-faced amazon and a nanday conure (1 yr not yet checked)together in the same cage? Please reply asap thanks

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Lauren - 2010-06-09
God bless you for your time and loving comments for animals. I have recently been "blessed" with a yellow Amazon that I believe is the proper name. It is green with yellow on the head, beautiful maroon colors on the wings, along with some blue in the same area. This bird's Mother passed away and the daughter could not keep her. The vet I know across the street from my house suggested me (thanks) and I have adopted "it". It is supposedly a female, but I am not sure because of the behavior. "Daisy" named for her yellow head, totally freaks out if you try to use gloves or a towel to get her/him out of the cage, but when it came to me, the nails were overgrown, the beak too long and split, and it appears to be so heavy that it can hardly walk across the top of my two Cockatoos cage in which it shares living quarters. (My dining room is an aviary now, with a parakeet, Mommy Cockatoo and Son Baby (I believe male because it acts like its Dad who perished from an aneurism or heart attack @ age 6). My Cockatoos are fine and try to interact w/the Amazon, who is placed next to Ellie (Mom) whom I have taken to nursing homes, Pre-K and the beach, but now she plays w/her Son. She talks to Daisy, but Daisy is lethargic, will not come out of the cage even though I keep it open all day. I am concerned about the beak. I had to take a towel to get it out of the cage, cut its nails, filed the split off of the beak and gave it a shower. During a storm, it was on the top of the cage and when I tried to catch it, came down to the floor. That was the one moment I was able to get it on my shoulder (it was tired from trying to get away on the floor), and I talked to it, sang to it, had "alone" time w/it during a bad storm. I have a German Shepard/Dobie I adopted who plays w/my Cockatoos and is interested in this new bird. Daisy was raised w/a Chihahua~big difference. My questions are: Should I file down the beak more because it appears to "hang" on the side of the cage which I think means it is trying to file down its own beak. It is still pretty long. The bird does talk, (sounds very strange compared to my dainty Cockatoo Mom and its funny young Son), says I love you, look at that, and then does this motion where it extends its wings and just yells. I just laugh at it. It is a biter,and I have tried not to give it attention when that happens but I have taken 10 stitches to my lip when I tried to kiss the male Father once and will not do that again w/this bird. This bird appears not to have been taken care of for a while and the woman that gave it to me says it is very quiet here. Not really.....I think the bird is content to be with others that see good interaction w/me, but I want to see it come around more. Patience and time are necessary, but I want this bird to exercise more. I also would like to get its original cage which is very large. The bird does not eat much even though I give it fruit, nuts, seed, vegetables and water. Do you think it is the beak? Or a new home of two weeks now. (I really do not want it, but am afraid what would happen if it went somewhere else). I am medically retired (disabled), and I would rather have just my three birds, but I gave the daughter my beloved Cockatoo because I felt so bad for her and the bird is doing well in its new home. What is your advice taking in this totally different bird? Often times, what is written is not so. I found that out when my female laid her eggs in a kitty litter box w/white towels and a pillow case draped across her cage w/ a clothes pin. She refused to go in a box. I can handle my birds, no problem, I do not want to force this new bird to do things, but I have to make sure it eats. I do have a dremel file....should I try that instead of a large nail file or is this bird still adjusting? Exactly how long should the beak actually be? Thank you so much for your advice, and sorry this is long, but trying to give you background of bird so that I can have some way to judge behavioral issues. Once a biter, always a biter with these? It loves to be held just like the others, but I have to take it totally away, if and when I can take it out of the cage w/a towel which it hates. Thanks for your time and attention, you are an Angel. Lauren and birds Ellie, Cuddles, Blueberry and new "Daisy", also adopted dog Gypsy who likes to jump 8 foot fences.

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  • Rey - 2010-07-24
    God bless you for having a good heart adopting the yellow amazon. Reading thru your post, I could tell that you have more than you want to handle. I love animals too and would like to own a yellow naped amazon. Back home, while growing up, I had different kinds of pets. To name a few, homing pigeons, 3 golden retriever, a goat, a pig, a chimp, a hen, several ducks, several cats. Even had a 50 gallon fish tank. I also trained my dogs tricks myself. I didn't even read a book on how to train them but just figure it out by myself. As you can see the only thing I haven't tried is a bird.
    I am now married with three kids and live in the suburbs of chicago. If you ever find that taking care of daisy will be too much for you to handle because of your medical condition, I would be very happy to give daisy all the love and care in the world.
    My wife is a registered nurse and is working in a nursing home, and i use to work in the same nursing home as a supervisor. Please let me know if you are willing to let me give daisy all the care she needs.
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keisha - 2010-07-22
I have a double yellow head 1 year now he bites everything in sight he nibbles on my toes also I let him out of his cage very often so he is all over the house he says hello, I love you, I love you Fiesty which is his name & I love you boo. I don't knos the gender but I always say he, Fiesty is a real busy body once he is out of his cage he follow me everywhere in the house he is very loving I play & kisses his head he loves it, I can't hold him though he gets very angry. I worry about his feathers, some small with ones always falling could you tell me if this is normal plz?

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Bre - 2008-08-28
I found my lilac crowned in California back in 1991 I have had him ever since I now live in New Mexico and he spends the summer in a large cage on our shaded porch and loves it. He has been the best pet and likes my dogs and cats over the years. He does not talk very much but mimics lots of other daily noises and whistles a lot of different tunes. This is a good parrot to start out with for his bark is worse than his bite and I would suggest this breed to anyone. Someones loss has been a major gain in my life and I would be lost without him.

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  • Dag - 2010-06-15
    Hi Bre. I've recently got a lilac crowned parrot, it has only been 20 days with me, and I'm already in love! He's 2 months old now.

    Would you please tell me how did you do with moving to another city along with your parrot? Since you mentioned that you were living in California and now you live in New Mexico. Did you drive your own car or did you take a plane or a bus and if that was the case, were you requested any documentation by any authorities? Thanks in advance for your response.
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gary itkin - 2010-06-14
Two years ago the body feathers on my spectacled amazon turned yellow. What caused this to happen? His green feathers returned.

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Diana de Guerrero - 2010-06-08
Hi,
I hope that you haven't gotten rid of your bird yet! He's been with you for such a long time and you'r his family. Birds with behavioral problems end up getting shuffled from one owner to another when nobody knows what to do with them and in the process get worse and even neglected and abused. As others have said, these birds need so much personal attention along with just food, water, toys and a clean cage. Before anything else you should have him checked by a vet because there could be something else going on. Birds who have vitamin deficiencies or are sick can become aggressive. Very importantly have you looked into clicker training your bird? There are several very fine and free bird click training groups in yahoo whose members are very dedicated to helping precisely this kind of problem. Teaching your bird trivkd is a fun way to spend with him and gives you a kind of authority and can help. There's also a behavioral modifying group in yahoo groups; I can't remember the exact name but it has initials...it's something like BAS... It follows Susan Friedman's approach to behavior modification. In this group you fill out a form in which you describe fully your bird's bad behavior, the antecedent and your reaction to it. You'll be assigned a leader who takes you step by step of the way to analyze and help you with your problem. You can't expect miracles and it could take a long time to change your bird, but I've done it with a rescued neglected Double Yellow head Amazon.

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angie - 2010-05-26
This year is the second time my blue front amazon laid eggs. First time not one hatch, this yr.one hatch after 30 days and did well for 3 days, then I found it dead. What happened? what could I have done?

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Kathy Baumann - 2010-05-20
I have a question. I have a breeding couple of reds lords one 6 years old the other we got from a breeder not sure how old she is. They have a huge cage and nesting box they are a couple but she is pulling all his red color feathers off his front brow, is this common in breeding that she does this? He is bald also he was my best hand tamed bird he will not come near me and if he does she attacks me please help me out with these questions.

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Jennifer - 2010-04-24
Hi, I have a 16 year old panama named Skeeter that I adopted, just shy of 1 year ago. Bonding with her took some time but was well worth it and we still have a ways to go. Right now, however, we have a little glitch that I am not sure how to handle. Every time I pet her, or go to take her out of her cage she starts panting and making little humming noises with her tail in the air, which is obvious to me that she is in a nesting mood. I am "guessing" I have been chosen as her "mater"? A friend of mine with macaws told me to give her some time and not encourage it so not give her scritches, how long will this go on and is this the best way to handle it, I feel awful only "talking and singing" to her, it's been a good 3 weeks at this point. She has no paper to shred, and I've shortened day time for her to try to stop the behavior as well.

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