Behavior of an 8 week old Bluefront Amazom

by Mary
(Oviedo, Fl)

My 8 week old bluefront amazon has become a bit wild. Is this a normal behavior at this age? She is quiet and snuggly after her hand fed dinner.

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Sep 01, 2011
Behavior of an 8 week old Bluefront Amazom
by: Linda

Your choice of an Amazon, especially the Blue Front, was a good choice though as the other person said, Amazons are not as needy for cuddling and petting once they pass the baby stage.

The up side to having an Amazon is that once they trust you which takes a while, they are some of the most loyal of the parrot family besides the Macaws. Once adults, they will tolerate very little petting, and will let you know when they've had enough with a nip or two. Most of the time, they nip as a warning, and if you persist in doing what they do not want, the bite will become real.

You would benefit from reading some books about Amazon behavior in captivity and the wild. The reason I make the distinctions is they act totally different in a wild flock setting. Captivity is not their normal state, so we have to learn about their wild behaviors to be able to understand their captive behaviors. Do some searching on the internet and find some information and/or books to read about this. Also, always keep in mind that your parrot, as are all parrots, are exotic wild animals and this makes them somewhat unpredictable.

Your choice was a good one, and this bird will securely bond with you especially after handfeeding. When weaning time comes around, wean onto an organic pellet like Harrisons. There are several kinds here so provide some variety while weaning as they like to play with and eat different textures and shapes. Make sure bird is weaned onto an organic pellet and none of the cheap junk pellets like Zu-Preem or Lafaeber's as they contain chemicals of all kinds, all guaranteed to make your bird sick. Harrisons is the very best, and my 30+ year old Amazons have been eating it for a very long time now. Trips to the Avian Vet are limited to toenail and occasional beak clips as they stay healthy eating a healthy diet.

Linda

Sep 01, 2011
Because it is an Amazon!
by: Anonymous

Well, Welcome to owning an Amazon! As they age the snuggling will diminish to almost none at all, you may be able to get a head scratch or two. But they are birds known to have attitudes and are very independent aside from their chosen human in which they can become quite aggressive and protective. It is probably why they are the most common birds out there who need adoption. There is nothing behaviorally wrong with your parrot, it is just the natural tude of an Amazon!

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