12 yr old amazon grey

by sue elliston
(england)

hi i have had my amazon grey for about 6 months she is 12 yrs old she was very aggresive when i got her but managed to get her to come to me sit on my arm cuddle kiss but over the last few days she will not sit on me but will let me kiss her and stroke her head while on cage when i put my hand out to pick her up she walks back and clucks like a chicken please help

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Dec 09, 2013
12 yr old amazon grey
by: Linda

First of all, I have NO idea what an Amazon Grey is. Is this a hybrid bird? If not, she's either an Amazon or an African Grey which are different species.

As for her behavior, the first thing to do when we get a new bird is to have them thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet ONLY to make sure they are not harboring infections, parasites or other physical issues. Please take her now to be examined by only an Avian Vet as they are the only ones licensed and trained in the care of birds and other exotic animals. Have basic blood work done in addition to checking for infections to make sure her organs are working properly.

If this bird is a rescue, what you see may be what you get. Rescues have been exposed to varying degrees of abuse and neglect and sometimes develop habits like attacking or not wanting to be held. Make sure you have her examined by avian vet right away and then do the best you can with her. If you can find out more about her history from the people you bought her from, that would also be ideal.

Thanks for writing and best of luck,
Linda

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