amazon parrot & her foot

by daniela
(florida)

My blue front amazon parrot is about to turn 1 years old and she's been really normal this whole time I've had her. She is a little aggressive, which I would appreciate some tips on how to get her to stop biting. She steps up half the time but the other half she either runs away or bites.

Also, her right foot just started turning another color. It looks like a dark orange brown kind of. And its mostly on the bottom of her foot. She still uses it normally so at first I thought she maybe stained it with carrots or her food mix. But I went to go wash it off and it won't come off and now her other food is starting to get the same color but only a little part of the foot. Help please

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Apr 30, 2011
bird
by: Anonymous

I think it might have been from a strawberry I gave her

Apr 29, 2011
Amazon foot changing color
by: The Avian Vet

My first thought was staining from food. I still think that. It could also be staining from a colored toy or perch. Some of the pigments form those colors are difficult to wash off. If you have looked at all of the possibilities for color staining and feel that this is something else, then my recommendation is to see an avian veterinarian.

Amazons do have some thing called Amazon Foot Necrosis and this does cause color changes in their feet. Your description does not match the typical presenting signs, and it is not usually a young bird disease. Side note ? if her regular food, i.e. pellets, are colored, then you need to switch her to a more healthy diet. I recommend feeding Harrison's pellets. These are organic with not artificial additives or preservatives. Colored pellets often contain high levels of sugar, which is not good for birds, as wells as preservatives and artificial colors that are known to cause allergies and contribute to Amazon Foot Necrosis.

Dr B

Apr 28, 2011
Amazon foot color and biting problem
by: Tracie

I am not sure about the foot color thing, so Dr B will answer this within a few days.

As far as the biting goes, there is a learning curve for humans that own Amazon parrots, from what I understand. They "grow up" like humans and their personality evolves.

We have some training material on our Parrot Training page but you might also want to purchase a book or two written by Joanie Doss. Her website, http://www.parrothouse.com/jdoss.html is well worth a visit.

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