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Denise - 2013-03-30
Olive my 10 yr old blue fronted has had a stressful few months. Our house was destroyed by Sandy in October. We lived on the beach in Rockaway NY. It was the only home she every knew. I weaned her. She always had her flight wings and would spend alot of time in the kitchen perched on top of the cabinets, also loved looking out the windows bird watching. Overnight we all became homeless. I lucked out and found a pet store ( Animal Kingdom)upstate NY to take her in until I got settled somewhere. The staff there were great they took such good care of her. I visited her whenever I could. I finally was able to take her back last month. Wasnt easy finding some place to live because all of rockaway as homeless and looking for housing. We are living in a basement apartment in Brooklyn. I was so glad to get her reunited with my lab Sam. My question is Why is she losing feathers? She molted in the fall as usual and grew back all new feathers. We have forced air heat here. I kinda think its because the air might be too dry for her. My house had steam heat and also living by the ocean the air was never dry even in the winter. I had her wings clipped because I didnt want her the have an accident in her new surroundings. I started spraying her with water a few times a day it helped, finding less feathers on the floor. Do you think putting a cool mist humidifier by her cage would help? Thank You

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  • Denise - 2013-04-11
    Thanks David
  • Tracey - 2013-06-21
    Hi Denise, It appears that someone else might have responded to you, but I can't see the response...so I'll offer what I can. First, I'm sorry to hear that you & Olive experienced that tragedy! I'm glad to know that you are finding your way back to your normal life and that Olive is back home with you. There are a number of reasons that may cause feather loss, feather damage and plucking among them. However, my educated guess would be stress and change. As you know, parrots don't deal well with change and that routine is very important to them. Like you, Olive experienced a great trauma and is bound to suffer its affects both physically and mentally. It is entirely possible that her skin and feathers have been dried out by the change in humidity, but it's likely a combination of that and the stress she's been under. Please also remember that changes in 'climate', particularly in amount of light, temperature, and humidity levels, can induce hormonal and other physical changes in parrots. Also be sure to watch her for plucking. It sounds like you're taking steps to adjust the humidity for her, but do be careful in how often you spray her as too much water can dry her skin & feathers out. Aloe is a miracle plant for parrots and the people they own alike...use it - frequently. You can mist her with a water/aloe solution and even feed her aloe. A google search will provide the vast number of ways that human and bird can benefit from regular use. In the meantime, watch her carefully, take your cues from her about how she feels and what she wants, and offer her as much love, affection, and attention as she'll accept! Bravo on choosing the 'cool mist', just be sure to clean it daily to prevent bacteria growth.
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RITA - 2005-10-13
Hi, have just acquired a wonderful double yellow-naped amazon (Jazz) she is just great. After having been with people who rarely interacted with her she was given to a wonderful "bird rescue" lady. At that time you could not get near her at all but with gentle handling she came around in two weeks. I brought her home and just sat next to cage for a while but was soon handling her, we made friends. I also have an Umbrella Cockatoo and Blue Front Amazon. I enjoy their calls and speech, share meals with them, couldn't ask for better companions. Got to go and get them up for our breakfast and chit chat session. Thanks for all the information Rita

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Brenda Ann Braley - 2013-06-01
I have parakeets and I would like to know if any one knows if they like a bowl of water to take a bath in the cage?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-02
    Some will use a bowl, others like misting. I guess you'll have to try a bowl to see if yours will use it, then you'll know...:)
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Blossom - 2013-05-18
I am due to take on a rescue Mealy. All I know is that he/she (sex unknown) has been locked in a cupboard for 20 plus years and has been fed the incorrect food. I have also been advised that it will need to be covered every 2 hours or thereabouts as it cannot stand the daylight at the moment. This is supposed to be a short term foster but lets see how it goes! Luckily myself and my wonderful husband have time and patience galore. Feel this is going to a long road ahead. He/she is meant to be a short term foster but lets see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed we manage to settle this poor bird.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-18
    That is so nice that you are taking on this Mealy Amazon. I'm sure it will take time and patience to help it adapt, but I bet you will find yourself endeared by it. I took one in a number of years ago and found it a home. It wasn't from quite such a severe situation, but did have some pretty major adjustments. The biggest thing I noticed was what a very nice large Amazon it was (I've had all sorts of Amazons - large and small). It wasn't going to be so big on talking, but it seemed to be much less aggressive naturally than some of the other Amazons... less of a dominant attitude. I really liked this bird because of its temperament and was really tempted to keep it! So I think you'll enjoy your journey:) Good luck.
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pat - 2013-05-11
I have gotten two budgerigars as a gift. My question is how do you tell the difference between male and female? I have looked through all books, and you can tell by the cere, but they don't tell you if the light cere is female or male or a dark cere is a female or male? Help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-05-11
    The cere is the best way to tell between female and male. Males are generally blue and females are a lighter color - usually yellow or tan. Also, the color changes as they become sexually mature. How old are your birds? If they are younger than 3 months, these colorations are not an accurate way to sex these birds.
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Brenda Ann Braley - 2013-05-09
i got two for mother day  now i had birds in pass not parkeets  now can i get them to talk or there just whisleed  only  can i train them talk ,,,,,

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-09
    Yes you can teach them to talk.  They will be limited, but it can be done.  cover 3 sides of the cage to keep their attention when teaching.  Speak slowly and clearly.  Having the 2 birds will help andthey will talk to each other.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-10
    What cute little birds Brenda!... and happy mother's day! Talking or not... they're adorable and will bring you much happiness. Unfortunately budgies aren't really big talkers. Although some parakeets will occasionally learn a word or two, most won't really become talkers. Budgies can be trained to perform tricks however, and possibly whistle, but it still takes patience and persistence. Talking is something you'll find more common in the larger parrots, especially Amazon parrots and African Grey parrots (like the Double Yellow-headed Amazon of this page). Actually none of the other  types of parrot hold a candle to the ability of these two types for talking, others can learn some words, but those two types are simple the best at it.. You can read more about your birds on the Budgerigar - Parakeet page. Enjoy!
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Chet Bacon - 2013-04-10
We've had ours for over 40 years now - some parrots like to be placed next to a window so it keeps them looking at things and quiet. Others like to be covered, not ours. After 40 years we are beginning to wonder who will outlive who! We give him people food, steak and potatoes, green peas are a favorite, nuts in the shell, his home has very course abrasive paper on it to keep his nails and beak trimmed. He is quite the bird! So keep yours amused and not bored they should quiet down. We'd love to have another one but they are hard to find. We got ours cage and all for $100 back in 1971!

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Roselie - 2013-03-19
We have a blue fronted amazon female and a yellow crowned male at home. Our female just laid an egg 2 days ago but there was only one. It is my understanding that they normally lay 2-4 eggs. Is it normal that she only laid 1 egg? Can these two different species even mate? Will the egg be fertile? How long does it take between laying the first and second egg? We are new to this and have lots of question but done't seem to be getting any many answers. Is there a web site or somewhere where you can get more answers? Any feedback or help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-23
    It can be normal for them to only lay one egg at a time. If she was going to lay another one or two she would have done it pretty soon after the first one was laid. I do believe that two different types of Amazons can mate, however I am not sure on that. If they are mating the eggs should be fertile.  If they egg has not hatched in a month it was most likely not fertilized. At this point the only thing you can do is wait. Also watch to see if the female sits on her egg(s) and appears to be taking care of them.
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Tim Calahan - 2008-01-31
I have had my YNA since he was 16 weeks old, visiting him weekly with the breeder. He is now 15 years old. I followed my breeder's instructions intoducing him to many people. He knows many of the neighbors in my condominium building, I don't allow him to be handled by my neighbors, but he is great around them when we are in the laundry room. I also have introduced him to friends, and he will go quite readily to them. YNA are quite loud, but that is typical of larger parrots in general. A YNA should be owned by people who enjoy being home, and are true animal lovers. They take time. think of them as perpetual two year-olds. I have never regretted my decision in purchasing Clyde. I think of him as my child.

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  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    I agree. These special birds need a lot of attention, and time and they must be carefully socialized, but if properly socialized and sensitively handled, and recieve the attention and stimulation they require (they are phenomenally intelligent, and are easily bored), they are wonderful companions. They are very special though, and MUST be treated with care, love and respect. They are not domesticated by are a tame wild animal of incredible beauty and intelligence. My Pepito (AKA JC) is the most loving and devoted animal friend I've ever had!
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Suzy Wiberg - 2009-10-27
We have had a yellow nape, Salty, for 28 years, ever since he was a baby. He has gotten very mean over the last few years. I am the one he loves, and yet, now when I'm petting him, he pretends to like it and then, all of a sudden, he bites me horribly. He has also discovered that we get very annoyed when he makes a certain sound at regular intervals over a long period of time, so he loves to do that. Recently, when I let him out of his cage, he attacked our dog, and they got in a big fight with no one hurt. He also chases my husband when he's out of the cage, which is pretty funny! Basically tho, no one can stand him, and we don't know what to do with him. My husband called a parrot haven, and they said they don't take yellow napes. Also, I'm told he won't do well in a new environment. We don't want him to suffer, and we don't know what to do!!

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  • daleanna - 2010-03-05
    Hi suzy,
    My family and I have decided to get a bird, it looks like an Amazon so far.
    I see you've had your bird 28 yrs! Is it possible that the house is quieter since kids are grown and therefore more bored? I'm asking cause we have 3 kids now, 17 yrs, 15 yrs and 6yrs, and I am hoping all the action would be enough stimulation but don't know what to expect years ahead. I have never owned a bird although I know they take time and LIVE LONG. Please tell me anything you can as I am soaking all info right now. Oh by the way, I love the part where the bird attacks the dog as I have been worried for the bird all along. The only thing I'm worried about now, is wrecking my husbands hunting spanial! Lucky he's an outside dog.
  • maria - 2010-04-24
    I adopted one from someone and he is doing very well with me he even learned how to speak spanish now he is bilingual, maybe someone will adopt your parrot I love mine he is my baby.... if you are willing to give him to someone who will provide him with a good home let me know..
  • Scott Daniel - 2010-06-29
    Suzy I don't know if by now you have been able to take care of the problems with your YNA but you might try a fellow by the name of Chet at
    www.birdtricks.com. I have had Fatima for almost 40yrs and she really likes no one but me. Anyway check this guy out and see if he can help you.


    Scott
  • laurie - 2010-08-07
    Have you taken her to the vet and had a work up done? My yellow nape was getting a little crabby. Eventually we figured out that she had a thyroid condition. Now she takes a pill in her water everyday and she is back to being a sweet little girl...for the most part...she is an amazon after all. The vet can also give meds to help with other hormone problems which will help with behavior.
  • zehra - 2011-02-11
    I really admire your patience and love for your parrot. Yes, some parrots do change their behavior when they get old and many people can not tolerate their noise and bad behavior and then these poor guys passed from one owner to another which I believe makes their lives miserable and finally they end up in the sanctuaries. I hope you would never treat him like that! He has already given you his best 27 years of life now it's your turn to take care of him! Please don't give up on him. My advice is that you should put harnesses on him and let him fly every day for a couple of hours because this is the only thing he doesn't have and you will see a dramatic change in his life. My best wishes for all of you.
  • Christina - 2011-05-12
    Hello. I too have a yellow nape. My bird does the exact same things you described your bird as doing, I had to laugh. I could take your bird off your hands if you are interested. Although I know these birds don't take to each other I would have to keep them separate.
  • Anonymous - 2013-03-17
    Hello there! It is a good possibility that Salty need to go see the vet for a check up. He may have a minor problem that is making him feel out of sorts. My Blue Front, Tinkerbell became progressively nastier all of a sudden, and it turned out that she had a touch of gout in one of her feet and was very very uncomfortable. (I got mad at her one day and yelled at her 'What IS your problem!!!???? and she raised her foot up and I could see it was swollen and ulcerated). Boy did I feel terrible! A little bit of medicine and a change of perches and diet, and she was my sweet baby again in no time. Even something as simple as being tired, or being dusty, dirty or a diet change can throw them off. Please get Salty checked out. I don't think he's being malicious or is trying to annoy you. He may be sick, unhappy or uncomfortable, and just having a hard time telling you what's wrong. Hoof luck!
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