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Blue Front Amazon is a very outgoing bird, a great performer and loves to talk!
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I have had my Blue Fronted Amazon parrot since he was born out of his egg. We had his parents and they bred about three times. Jack was the very first born, his siblings are much bigger than him because he is literally a midget, (and I'm not kidding). We gave his siblings and his parents to a woman at a pet store called Bird is The Word in North Aurora, Illinois. He is eight years old and loves to talk, (in his own way because he doesn't speak). I have been teaching him to talk for all of his life, but he's just plain stubborn. He squawks at me for my food every time I am eating, and I think it is adorable every time he does. At first when he hatched from his egg in our kitchen he started to bond with my dad, later on I don't know what happened but now for some reason I am his companion for life. When he doesn't get enough sleep he gets a little moody, but when I come home from school every day he acts like I was going to leave him forever. I love this bird and I would recommend this type of bird to anyone wanting a companion, or a feathered friend that acts a little goofy from time to time.
I had this bird for some time, but I didn't buy him. This may sound weird, but I found him walking down an avenue in my neighborhood, and he refused to fly. I figured since it was in the middle of February, he was going to die if he stayed out there, so I stuck him in my car and took him home. I didn't name him, he actually told me his name, and he said "hello Rico", and ever since I have been calling him Rico. Great bird, just a little messy and could attract bugs or mice with the leftovers that they put on the floor. Noisy at times but you get used to it. The great things about these birds is that you could let them out and let them fly around and spread their wings. Great bird, love him, but I still have no idea how much they run for because I found him on an avenue walking along at 12 in the morning.
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Hello, you lucked out because the BFA'S cost anywhere between 500-1000 dollars depending on where you buy them. I bought a bf for 1000€ as I live in Germany. and she is definently a blessing be good to your bird he will love you forever.
I'm new to large parrots. Do any of you use Harnesses to take your BFA outside or in the car? We are outside a lot in the garden, can BFA visit the back yard with us? Trying to research every option, thx!
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Clarice Brough -
Harnesses can work well, but it does take time for a bird to get accustomed to wearing one, and to be calm when wearing it. Some birds adapt fine while others won't. But if your bird does get comfortable with it, it can be a nice way to take it outdoors. However as a word of caution, you will still need to closely supervise the bird at all times.
Shon MtPisgah -
Bill Klusmeyer -
I have a blue front amazon which I adopted. I don't like the harness idea, too much room for an injury. I opted to use a carry cage. Getting him in it wasn't too bad. I had to make adjustments to help in entering. I took him to my local bird store to get some things. He was a little stressed on the ride there to say the least, but when he got there he was the center of attraction. What a ham! Anyway the ride home was ok but I think he couldn't wait to get back in his cage. I really think a transport cage will be better.
David Brough -
I agree with Bill. A transport cage can provide a 'safe' spot for the bird just like their cage at home when they become accustomed to it. It also provides more protection for the bird.
Hello my name is kostas and I have a blue fronted amazon... or an oranged winged?! You see I'm rather confused in which species belongs my baby parrot. Please inform me on what pictures or videos you need to post you so as you could recognize my parrot species. I'm looking forward to your answers, best regards kostas.
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Clarice Brough -
If you sign in with the facebook registration, you can then upload your pictures for us to see. Looking forward to checking them out!
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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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.
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 -
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.
We adopted our BFA Trixie about two weeks ago. We got her off craigslist for free. She is healthy & a joy. She has had two owners that we know of, one older lady for quite some time 8-10 yrs until she passed, and then a gentleman for under a year. She seems to be smart and friendly, she does talk, sing, and yes screams! She came in a very large cage the size of a refrigerator and on top has a built in play gym. I don't think she was ever abused, however trust is an issue. After reading every post on this blog I feel that trust will come in time. I really appreciate everyone's Feedback. Does anyone Have a favorite blog or website that they enjoy About BFA's Besides this one?
Hi I am looking for some advice regarding my bfa.
He is 2-4 years old. My parents have had him for about 3 years, and had him never leave his cage for most of that time.
During the past 3 months, I began letting him out and placed a perch atop his cage.
He now hardly stays in, and loves to fly out and about the house.
He had chosen my mom as his partner; she is the only won he flies to and sits on her shoulder and body, and would never ever bite or act aggressively towards her.
But even she can't get him to step up on command. When she tries, he jumps out of the way and acts afraid.
For myself, I have learned his mannerisms and when he is in a good mood he is playful and lets me massage and pet him. But I want to teach him to step up more than anything.
If anyone has any ideas please post a reply. Thank you.
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Charlie Roche -
I don't know how you are trying to get him to step up but how about we try it this way. He isn't going to want to 'step up' on your hand if he thinks you want to put him back in his cage. They can be extremely acrobatic and very clever when it comes to not going back in the cage. So let's put him in your moms lap and have him 'step up' on to her arm (have her put a long sleeve shirt on so not slippery for the little guy). Then have the little guy 'step up' onto her other arm. She would place her arm directly under the birds chest and press backwards toward the feet. The bird would have no choice but to step up onto her arm. Have her keep switching arms for just 6 or 7 times and do that a few times a day making a game of it. Be like climbing up the stairs. Now do the same thing - climbing up the stairs going from one hand to the other. Let me know
The thing is, and I should have mentioned this before- he is very fearful I think he has trust issues.
Whenever we bring our hands towards his chest and try to force him to step up, as you described, he avoids our hands by over and/or away.
* he jumps away
Charlie Roche -
I thought very much he might be hand shy. That is why I said to start with your moms arm. If you can get the little one in your lap - it would be natural for him to climb up your arm to get on your shoulder. Just start by having him go up from one arm to the other. Right arm on top then left arm on top then right arm on top etc. Just a few times - saying step up. Another way is to pick him up off the floor - they (usually even if hand shy) will let you pick them up off the floor. Try using your arm to get him UP and off the bed etc. Anything to just start to get him used to your arm then your hand. A trainor would just literally grab the two feet and hold the one foot down with the thumb. So fast the amazon wouldn't even know it happened but not sure you want to try that. Think you have many months or years and it will happen much sooner than you think.
Charlie Roche -
Had another thought. When the bird flies to your moms shoulder, have your mom extend her arm with a little piece of chicken in her hands and see if the little guy will walk down her arm onto her hand. Chicken is good, tuna, macoroni (messy though) cheese --
Charlie Roche -
Yeah honest all of mine love chicken. They also love pizza, french friens (real treat), tuna, speghetti - pretty much anything I eat but really love chicken. Never thought about the cannibal aspect - oh well. lol
Your bird eats chicken! Lol a cannibal!
I tried feeding mine but he wouldn't go for it!
I have a blue fronted Amazon as well as a double yellowheaded Amazon & two African Greys. My sister-in-law passed away three years ago and we have had them every since. The Blue Fronted is the youngest and was not attached to any human. I decided since he and I would be partners. I realized early on that he was hand shy. So when I wanted to have him get on my shoulder I would lean my shoulder up to his cage and he would step on. Then I would do the same or lean into his cage when I wanted him back in his cage. This way he would feel like he had to step off or fall. Slowly I would touch his feet with my fingers and talk and spend time with him. When he learned to trust me I started putting my hand out and having him step up to put him on my shoulder. He is no longer hand shy. I still have to lean into the cage to get him to step off because he never wants to leave me. P.S. Until these birds I had never been around any birds in my life. I love them all very much and handle all of them.
I have two (a male and a female) Blue Fronted Amazons, which I would like to breed. They are at least 5 years old now, I got them as seemingly matured birds 4 years ago. The female lays eggs (5-6 at a time), and sit on it, but they never hatch, and then she throws them out after about two months. This happened now 4 or 5 times. Their cage is big - 6m x 5m x 6m and their are no other birds in it. What could be the problem?
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Charlie Roche -
I doubt you have a male and a female. I believe you have two females. Amazons, I have never known them to have more than 2 - 3 eggs in a clutch - which doesn't mean I am correct but just never known it to happen and bred blue fronts. Two females are not going to have fertile eggs but they will actually lay eggs at the same time but obviously doublt the normal amount. You should DNA sex them and the kits can be purchased directly from labs advertised in the back of Bird Talk. You should be able to visually tell to some extent by the shape of their heads. The male head is flatter while the female head is a curved rounded slope from eye to back of the head. But I am really pretty sure you have two females. Sorry - but all you need now are two boys.
I was given a blue front amazon parrot 3 days ago by someone who didn't care for it correctly. The bird is very aggressive. How do I deal with it's aggressive state?
I want to gain it's trust. I attempted to handle it with a glove, this made the bird very angry towards the glove, it acted as if it had a negative experience with gloves. Maybe mistreated. I fed it with my bare hands this morning without any problems, but I'm afraid it may get aggressive and bite me. I need some info on how to deal with it. I would like to handle the bird with trust, not with fear of being bitten.
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I had the same problem when I got "Capt. Morgan" - male BF Amazon. Of all the things I did, I think that keeping to a schedule of feeding him at the same time I made my meals for several weeks really seemed to help. It actually changed my diet (lot less fast foods and many more veggies, fruits, pastas & nuts) I prepared meals that included food for Morgan. For example, we both love Honey Nut Cheerios with milk over the cereal. I spoon up some cheerios and milk and he will gobble 7 - 10 of them down and finish with a small drink of the milk in the bowl. I often have a Sub-Way salad for lunch (their BMT salad) and Morgan shares the pepperoni, ham, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce & cheese with me. And his favorite pasta dish? Spicy spaghetti sauce with some meat and using the wide/flat noodles so he can grasp better. I filter in other things like corn, lima beans, green beans and carrots. (All bought frozen and a small amount tossed into the micro wave just enough to warm up). NOTE: I used a plastic spoon to feed him bites from my plate at first. Eventually I began to prepare his food in a round metal bowl. (Don't leave 'wet' foods out for more than a couple of hours. Bacteria can start to grow & can lead to tummy problems)
I will leave 'skinned' items such as grapes or cherry tomatoes out all day along with the pellet and seed foods.
I also began asking Morgan "You want Some?" When offering food. It only took a couple of weeks before he was significantly trusting me.
P.S. Have someone trim his beak back a bit more than normal (meaning remove all sharp edges - top & bottom. This way if he does 'get you', chances are lessened that a bite will break your skin. Also, if he does bite, don't flinch if you can help it. My response to a bite (or bite attempt) was to immediately toss a small towel over him, covering his head, and while holding him down on a cushioned chair seat, I would say sternly "Bad Bird" four times and then release him and walk away. This said, also Note that for EVERY good thing he does, I clap my hands a couple of times and say 'Good Boy" (Some trainers suggest using a clicker)
Good luck that is why I'm here, but as I told the other lady, have patience, go Slow, use treats, give him wood to chew on But big wooden toys to got out the frustrations also small rawhide dog bones; he won't eat it but will enjoy untying it. I have found that reading about body language in a book at the pet store helped a lot it said to approach when the feathers are fluffed, like when he/she is preening, Go Slow. Don't try when the feathers are flat against the body. Mine likes people food for a treat. Fruit, I like watching him with grapes and shredded wheat. Loose the gloves try also petkeeping with Marc Morrone.
Charlie Roche -
Most PET birds are extremely afraid of gloves. Many are also afraid of hats. I think it just changes the appearance and they don't understand and they react with fear. You can feed your little guy with your bare hand and that is a big step. Now you just need him to follow your hand away from his cage and onto a perch, table, sofa anything that is not his cage territory. Feed him with your hand and eventually let him just take the food out of your palm with the palm resting in your lap. Then go to holding the food in your left hand and ask him to "UP" onto your right so he can reach the treat. Just go slow. If anything can tell you are afraid -- it is a bird. They sense you are afraid and they don't know what is wrong so they become afriad. It is a circle. Yes you can get bit - it happens. The worse bite I ever had was from my 3 year old child. I have had birds (big guys) for 25 or more years and haven't been bit and yes I play with them. I had a bird in a pet store attack me and bite and it hurts but not as bad as hitting your hand with a hammer or stubbing your toe.
Just go slow and learn his body language. Talk lots of talking or singing. Be patient. They can be agrssive but their body language is very obvious and you can twll. Head down, feathers smoothe, eyes going in and out. Leave him alone - does not want to play. Head up, relaxed feathers, eyes seeing you he is relaxed and not afraid.
It would be best to learn amazon body language. Male blue fronted amazons are very aggressive at times and have mood swings. Do not show the bird that you are scared. Earning trust takes a long time, but you can build trust with patience and food! lol Find out what his favorite treat is and try to give him that treat more often. Talk to him...They are very social birds and love attention. Most people forget how intelligent parrots are...Talk to them in a gentle voice and give them a treat. When he feels more comfortable with you the body language will show it. fluffed feathers and relaxed posture is usually a sign.
Getting bitten may happen...a firm no will teach him that biting is not ok. Just give it time and you will have a parrot that loves you to pieces. :)
On the contrary, Amazons have a painful bite. I learned quite literally first hand.
The body language was ruffled and dilating eyes along with a clicking sound when my index was getting squeezed hard enough to cause a hairline fracture.
Also,it was a male amazon,and we were clipping his claws,or more accuratly,daggers.