bird owner

by Al
(King of Prussia Pa )

I have a pair of blue front amazons, and recently (about 6 weeks ago) adopted a yellow nape who is doing very well, they are currently caged separatly, but every day I must let the yellow nape out so he can sit on the open playpen which is located on top of the large cage where the bluefronts are held, he frequently climbs down the side of the cage where he and the other birds attempt to feed and preen each other. my question is how safe would it be to place all three in the same cage, supervised. the cage is huge so space is not the issue. I am afraid tho. that if I put them together they will lose their interest in contact with humans, what do u suggest

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Apr 03, 2010
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by: Linda

Leave the birds exactly as you have them now. Sounds like they are getting along as far as play and grooming goes, and this can change in a heartbeat if caged together. Food will be a major issue here no matter how many dishes you have available(they all want the same one). Rule of thumb with all parrots is to never cage together those of different sizes, and the Nape is much larger and heavier than the Blue Fronts.

If you have all three in separate cages, then all the better because they DO bond with each other and need us less and less except for feeding, watering and cleaning them up. If the two Bluefronts are together, once they reach sexual maturity, you will see many changes you do not like. Breeding birds is a no-win situation for the birds as they end up being moved around from home to home, and some of these homes are abusive and neglectful. Once your babies leave your house, you do not know what kind of lives your birds are going to have. The Amazons can live up to 75 years old, and if they find themselves in abusive homes, their lives are hell on earth. I do not encourage breeding for these reasons.

I bought my Red-Lored Amazons 17-18 years ago with the intention of breeding them, and as I looked around at some of the rescue sites, I became very discouraged and have not bred them. They live together in a large Macaw flight cage with a barrier down the middle because she plucks her smaller mate's feathers, and they play together when we clean their cage and take out the middle piece. I think Stella has been frustrated for a long time because they had raised several clutches together, and then nothing. They do not understand why I won't put in the box and allow them to breed, and that's because they are birds, and I am the supposed thinking human being. If you come out here often enough, you'll read some things that will curl your hair if it is straight and straighten it if it is curly. People DO NOT DO THEIR HOMEWORK BEFORE BUYING A PARROT. They see, buy and then don't study and so don't know how to care for their birds. Educating ourselves is the most important aspect of having birds because what we don't know can and does hurt our birds.

With all that said, I wish you all the best with your birds, and keep them separated for the duration. You have a nice thing going now, and why push it and possibly have a dead bird or one or two very badly injured. Thank You so much for writing and asking an intelligent and relevant questions about your birds. I love the Amazons and always have as they are smart, funny, loving and just a bit aloof which beats very "needy" like with the Toos and Macaws though I also love them as well. I love all of them and had to finally choose a species that would work well all the time in our household with 4 big dogs in the house.

Linda

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