Bkue Front Amazon 3 1/2 yrs old starts biting

by Dave

I have a 3 1/2 yr old Blue Front Amazon named Pepper that has recently starting biting and wakes up mad.Nothing has changed in his environment or diet or me for that matter.I don't have a clue what the problem is.He is not a lovey dovey bird but has always been easy to handle.He just sort of flies off the handle unexpectedly.Tail feathers flare and head feathers are ruffled,he is mad.Someone once told me that they go thru stages and that around this age they go thru some sort of bad stage.Is this the case? Someone with experience with this bird way in here please.I have many years of experience with a lot of birds but this one stumps me.

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Aug 23, 2011
Bkue Front Amazon 3 1/2 yrs old starts biting
by: Linda

Dave, the Amazon does not come into puberty this quickly at which time they can become a bit hormonal. As you have observed, they also do not like to be petted very much if at all and will become very upset if human pushes the envelope with them. They usually reach sexual maturity around 6 years, so yours is still a kid.

My best guess is that you need to have him examined by an Avian Vet because sudden changes in behavior indicate the possibility of an infection that bird is hiding. Parrot's nature is to hid illness until they can no longer stand up because in the wild a sick or injured bird is a dead bird, either from their own flock killing them or driving them away. Sick and injured birds bring predators, so our pet parrots are still exotic wild animals with all the possible behaviors that encompasses.

Have him examined by an Avian Vet and also if he is not eating a high quality organic pelleted diet, then he may also have some dietary issues. The best organic pellets are Harrison's found here, and they are Avian Vet endorsed. It takes time to change diet, and an exam by an Avian has to come first to make sure bird is healthy enough to handle the stress of a dietary change. Here is link to article about how to go about change;

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Parrots also do not need to be eating people food of any kind and especially meat, eggs and nuts as these cause a severe imbalance in proteins, vitamins and minerals and will cause many behavioral and physical problems. They need to eat the organic pellets with fruit and veggies only about 10-15% of diet which means small amounts a few times a week. The Harrisons is a 100% complete diet, and there are a few others out here if you want to add some variety to his diet. Don't over feed any kind of food as the Amazons tend to be power eaters and fat is not supposed to be anywhere on their bodies. How much to feed is on pellet's packaging.

Thanks for writing,

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