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CJ Mauch - 2010-04-07
Hello to everyone, I purchased my yellow nape when he was an egg. His name is Stubby. Do to a flying accident from his early years he lost a nail. It took a few weeks before I could hold him without gloves. For 20 years, we were pals. He loved the dogs, cats and the 3 of the 4 kids. He would drive in the car, ride in the hood of my sweat shirt. My daughter would get in his cage with him. I remarried about 9 yrs ago and my husband soon became disabled and does not work and is home all day. I cannot even walk in front of his cage without him trying to attack. The only one that can touch him is my husband. If he has him out of the cage and I come near the room he will bite my husband. My daughter now 27 can not even come in the house if the cage is open. He is 25 yrs old now, does anyone know if he can become friendly. Oh I meant to add he will let me feed him on the weekends that I make him pancakes, the only time I can put my hand in the cage.

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  • H. W. McDaniel - 2010-04-08
    We are the owners of a Yellow-naped Amazon. She was virtually abandoned to live with chickens. My wife and I have made it a firm rule to spend equal time with her. We are both retired, live in Hawaii where Babe can be outside all the time. We carry her about while doing yard chores or leave her in a tree. She loves us both equally which surprised us after hearing the tales of spouse abuse. On the other hand, one or the other of us spend most of our day with her, reading on the deck or whatever. She will bite me when strangers come in and she gets too excited. And, she takes immediate likes or dislikes to people. We have made another rule to have her in her cage when folks drop by.

    I can only suggest that you start spending time with Stubby; even if it is only in the same room. Take it slow. I always let Babe make her overtures. Curtailing your husband's time with him might be of some help. I have found that expressing disapproval by tone of voice is helpful in stopping unwanted behavior. We seriously considered renaming Babe 'Chainsaw' after some demolition work on the deck but now things have mellowed out. Spring still brings on some ripping and tearing, tho'.
  • Katherain Smith - 2010-10-30
    My husband has had a yellow nape for 25 years. He takes him out of his cage regularly and plays with him giving him lots of attention with me in the room. I stay at home and have tried to become Charlie's (the amazon) friend too......but....bad move. I handed him a cheerio which we give him occasionally for a treat. He threw it out of the cage. I thought, "Oh, he must have dropped it!" Duh. I tried again and again and the exact same thing happened. The last time he took a "hunk" of my finger. This is going to sound as if I'm talking about a person.....He is very opinionated, likes certain foods one day and not another. He adores my husband eventhough I'm with him all day, clean his cage (carefully) and Charlie is virtually silent until my husband gets home from work. When I'm close to the cage, he stalks me, growls, makes a barking sound and follows me around as I clean up and change the papers. He adores my husband who puts him on his shoulders, hangs him upside down, spreads his wings, plays and talks with him and the bird adores him. If he gets loud and my husband walks towards him to lightly tap him on his claw he immediately makes this sound as if he is being strangled. It is hilarious. My husband had him for years before I came along but I just wanted to warn others...no matter how nice you are sometimes the amazons seem to be bound to one individual. So watch out. Oh, this bird was raised with the children and as soon as he matured began aggressive behavior. I've done everything to try and win him as a friend....no luck! I feel like putting up a sign..."BEWARE, BIRD IN THE HOUSE!" I enjoy all of the comments. Thank you. Reading them has made me feel better about myself. I thought there was something wrong with me and I was getting a real complex. Thank again. Kathy
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-17
    My reply is to Katherain Smith.... you need to know that yellow nape amazons bond with only one person. No matter how hard you try to relate, that bird will be bonded to only one person and feel threatened by anyone else. Just accept it.
    BWT.... is he really your "husband"...?
  • amy - 2010-12-22
    Why would one want such a pet? To each his own! Like owning fish.
  • Glenn Smith - 2012-02-23
    What kinda crazy birds do you people have lol. My yellow napped is very social and mostly loves men. Loves attention and talks a little too much. All in all, he/she is the perfect friend to me and very happy to have him or her.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-24
    Many amazons, more frequently than not, will pair bond with one particular human. This one has with your husband and feels she (probably a gal) has to protect your husband from all others. If you get to close to your husband - yes, the bird will bite the husband in displaced possessiveness. The gal is your husbands bird and keeps him company - let him just be your husbands bird. The behavior is usually worse when spring is coming (breeding season) and might get a little better when summer comes. You could get yourself a little conure - some other bird that you love.
  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    Birds are individuals. Amazons especially have likes and dislikes and it's impossible to figure out what attracts them to one person or another. I'd consult the vet or a behaoviourist, but whatever the birds very favorite food/activity/game is, let the LEAST favorite person engage in that 'treat' with the bird. If birdie love to bathe, the least favorite person(s) should bathe her, etc. If he is agressive with your daughter and bites, then he probably needs to be caged when she comes around. If she's not clipped, clipping may GREATLY improve her attitude. You need to make sure he knows you're in charge, and if she still has her pilots license, that's hard to reinforce. Also, height is an issue. If her cage is very tall and she's always looking DOWN on you, get stools so you are taller than her. With birds, height is power!
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cheryl - 2012-07-01
I have Yellow Naped Amazon. If not breeding and they lay egg how long do I leave the egg under the bird before I take it away?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-01
    She will possibly lay two additional eggs for a clutch of 3.  They normally start incubating the eggs afer the last egg is laid.  Let her sit the eggs till she gets bored with them or for 30 days.  When you remove the eggs - I'd give her a new toy.
  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    Good advice and also, feed momma bird lots of calcium rich foods. If she lays continually, consult the vet. A hormone shot may be needed to break the egg laying cyle so she doesn't deplete her bones.
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kaitlyn coppinger - 2012-12-04
I am 20 years old I have a yellowed naped amazon. I have had him for two years. A friend of mine got him two years ago, and they couldn't hold him touch him absolutely nothing. They rescued him from an abusive environment. Well anyway they had him for a few months, before I moved in. After a yr in a half of talking to him everyday, I was finally able to scratch his head through his cage and was able to let him out without coming after me. I just moved back to my moms which is a two hour commute from where I was and I brought him with me. He was a hoot the whole way here he was talking up a storm lol. But ever since we got him situated in the house he has been pressing his stomach onto his birch and litteraly sitting on it. I don't know if that's a good sign or a sign to take him to a vet. I'm very worried I have no idea how old he is but he seems to be ok. We have been here for almost three weeks now I have only let him out of his cage once because I know he will go after my mom lol. But he is so funny he knows every swear word in the book which I did not teach him. lol He woof whistles he says hello ho goodbye who dat where you going and some others that he mumbles that I cant understand lol but he is definitely my best friend and I want the best for him and I want to make sure he is ok. And I would like to know how to teach him not to bite!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-04
    What is a birch?  You say he presses his stomach into his birch.
  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    I think you mean 'perch'. If a bird is quiet, sitting low, and acting out of sorts it could be ill (or, it might be chilled and just trying to keep it's feet warm. Remember, parrots are 'prey' animals and are contstantly aware that they can be someone elses dinner, and therefore the HIDE SICK very effectively. They will work very hard to appear well even if they are sick, as any weak bird is driven from the flock in the wild. If you even remotely susupect the your bird is under the weather, you need to get the bird to the vet ASAP, and make sure that he has an annual 'chick up'. Also, you should get to know birdies poops and how heavy he/she is because the first sign of illness is weight loss. I weigh my bird every week on a gram scale, and if he looses weight more than 2 weeks in a row, I consult the vet. I think birdie needs a chick up... Good luck!
  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    Not biting... that's hard. Just be firm, and do birdie boot camp (step up training, and rewarding good behaviour with treats. IF a bird chomps down on you and they're on their perch tell them NO in a loud voice and don't pull away (which will hurt more and could tear your skin) but push back at them and if necessary, push them off the perch. If they are on your hand and bite, lower the bird and gently shake them onto the floor (safely) and tell them no... and BAD BIRD... NO BITING. Your vet can also help you futher, but basic bird boot camp is helpful. Also, try not to handle the bird when excited (when they are shouldering, strutting, pinning and shadowboxing) If you have to move them, use a stick or perch. An excited Amazon is simply not capable of excersising self control! Don't even think about touching them bare handed at times like that. You'll soon learn their body language.
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jill oguin - 2012-11-30
Does anyone have a problem with there birds droppings smelling like urine any suggestions on how to get rid of the smell. I have another bird and its droppings do not smell.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-30
    There should not be any odor to a birds droppings.   There is usually something wrong if there is.  I would cut back on fruit if you are feeding him/her a lot of fruit.  If this doesn't work in 24 hours or you are not feeding him a lot of fruit, I would take a q-tip and take a swab of the droppings and take the bird and the droppings to the vet. 
  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    Bird poo shouldn't smell.... ever. I think you need to get birdie to the vet...
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Troy - 2013-02-14
I have a 14 year old yellow naped amazon; she is a really sweet bird that I have had since she was a baby. She is very loving and never bit anyone, but whenever she sees babies or small children, she goes crazy. Her eyes dilate, tail feather spreads back and forth, and squawks very loudly. She really can't be handled or touched because she will bite. Any ideas of why she gets so crazy around babies/kids?

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  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    Sounds like birdie is simply excited and is experiencing 'Amazon Overload'. This is common and there really isn't anything you can do about it other than to take care that the bird doesn't bite the children (or you) and that the kids don't hurt or tease the bird. He may grow out of it, especially if the bird is still young, but some things just excite certain birds. My YNA gets excited when my friend Susan or my mother visits and the only thing to do is give him a special toy and shut him in his cage. He looses all self control... poor thing! If she is out of the cage he will bite, and it's usually me who nees the bandaid... Just one of those quirky amazon things.... a birds gotta be a bird. Keep in mind that an amazon parrot is at MOST 4 generations removed from the wild. they aren't domesticated, they are still a tame wild animal! Good luck
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Barb Foltz - 2013-02-23
We have a 25 year old Amazon who just laid an egg! She has never done this before and we are shocked! Is this normal?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-23
    It does happen. Nothing to be concerned with.
  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    This is not unusual, and the bird is likely very happy if it's laying. I would watch out, though and make sure to feed any hen laying calcium rich foods like a little cottage cheese, yoghurt, spinach, Kale and other high calcium foods as you can. Let birdie's vet know that she's laying and if she lays one egg after another, watch out for signs of hypocalaemia (twitching, seizures and if she breaks a bone, get to the vet ASAP. Also, make sure that she has frequent servings of vitamin A rich foods and exposure to natural sunlight! Good luck.
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Anastasia Higgins - 2005-04-11
I just recently rescued "riley" a 17 year old amazon, I think he is a double headed.
I rescued riley from the veterinary clinic I work for as a grooming assistant. he was put there to board by his elderly owner who went into the hospital in feb 2005. well his owner passed away so I offered to cover his bill and bring him into my family.
He was my favorite coworker :) and now my best friend. I have just recently been through the hard times of losing someone close to me also as he did, so we make a good pair. I look forward to having a life with him:) He is very talkitive, the most clearly spoken bird I have met! His favorite phrases are "I love you", "hello" (he likes to answer the phone), "guten tag"(hello in german), "happy bird", sing happy birthday, and silent night to name a couple :) he is great.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-12-12
    Hi, I have a question for you, we have a double yellow amazon which is being told by the previous owner 18 years old, as she is not banded I dont have any age proof of that bird! I dont have any knowledge about birds and specially big ones. When we first saw her, she looked sick but the owner told that the bird is molting at the moment other wise she is very healthy, and he said she molts twice a year, is that common? she doesnt speak anything and she is sleeping most of time or eating, first I thought its a stress of transition but now since its a second day i am bit worried. Many thanks for any suggetions!
  • Gina Foster - 2013-02-23
    i have one too it took a couuple of weeks for her to like me .now she loves me .but will attack company so i have to keep her in when someone comes over .
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Sandra D Singh - 2013-02-21
Hi elliottsmom, I'm happy that you do understand you've a rescued bird on hand. I've also rescued a bird that spent his entire life cagebound; about 5 years. The first owner never played with him or let him out of his cage; he was alone in a corner and looked very lonely from the picture I saw. His seeds and water dishes were put through the slots in his cage, so he never even touched his owner's hand; no interaction whatsoever! I'm very happy that I took him out of his misery and loneliness. The first owner told me that he's wild and he bites when you put his food so they never took him out. The first day I got him I opened his cage, he didn't come out so I put my finger near his chest and he still didn't climb up. I then took him out and realised that this poor, unfortunately bird is NOT wild and neither does he bites; as the owner made me believed. I kissed him that same moment as I took him out and I cried with joy because I thought of how happy he'll NOW be with me and my 2 other birds. Everyday I had to take him out of his cage because he'll never come out although his cage would be open. After 2 weeks he started coming out by himself. It seems as though he was so accustomed to being IN his cage it like he didn't know if or how to come out. I've had him for 19 DAYS already and he's now very happy because he flies around everywhere in my home, plays and whistles with my other birds. He's a sweet and wonderful little bird, my other birds taught him to kiss and now HE kisses them. He only enters his cage to eat his seeds, drink his water and sleeps. He eats nothing except the seeds he's accustomed to but I'm trying to see if he'd eat veggies and pellets as my other birds do. Two days ago he ate grated carrots and plain cooked rice so that's a start. His cage never had anything more than just one single perch, a water dish and a seed dish and that was it; NOT a single TOY! No matter what kind of toys are placed in his cage, he'll not touch it. He loves my two birds and he loves me; he's very happy now and we all love him and he loves us. I'm very happy to have rescued him; he's my Little Sweetheart! So you'll have to give your bird a lot of love; cuddling, playing, talking, kissing (lips closed are important for bird's health) and show him that he is SAFE with you. Take care and good luck. God bless you both. Sandra D Singh.

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Jayashree Manoharan - 2013-02-12
My 2 months old Alexandria is not eating properly but he is active and playful. He hates inside the cage. What can I do?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-13
    Continue offering him healthy foods and supplements. That is about all you can do. If he is hungry enough and not sick, he will eat.
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elliottsmom - 2013-02-11
Hi everyone. I have a 10 y/o OWA that I got as a rescue. He spent entire life cagebound with a senior couple. I have had him for a year and he has really come out of his shell. Talking, mimicking etc. He is wonderfully gentle and not at all cage protective. However, he is very what I call 'anal'. He WILL NOT perch on anything other than what he has had in his cage all his life. No matter what!!! He also will not 'step up'. He is not totally food motivated so I am having trouble outsmarting him. He loves us but doesn't want to come out of his cage or have us touch him. Any help would nbe appreciated. I have gone slow with him as I knew his history. Thanx

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-12
    These are wonderful birds... but they have incredible memories. He's well trained (for years its sounds like) to perch in his cage. Patience and love, those are the main things. But he may never change and you may have to just love him the way he is. Still a wonderful bird though:)
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