double yellow headed amazon aggression
by Mandy Bowick
I have a 10 year old male double yellow headed amazon. I was supposed to be only birdsitting him for a couple weeks while his owner did some remodeling. That was over 3 years ago and the original owner has absolutely no interest in taking him back. Chi Chi (the parrot) is very fearful of people and is very aggressive. I learned from the owner that she was the fourth owner in the birds 7 years of life.
I was told that Chi Chi was abused in his second home, being handled with welding gloves and kept in an unfinished basement without much light, he was neglected and tormented by young children in his third home and was kept in a ferret cage without any toys. The owner before me, had multiple parrots and didn't have much time to work with him. He is very noisy and aggressive.
I have tried to work with him to get him to trust me and I have made little progress with him. His behavior has really started to bother the other members of my family and he is very trying at times for me to take care of. I'm not sure what else to try and I do not want to pass him off to another owner. I'm afraid any of the progress I have made with him would be ruined. I would love for him to be happy and enjoy his life. I guess my question is how can I make him happy??
I almost wonder if I tried to find an owner of a female, if he would be more comfortable and happy with another bird? I have a female Eclectus, but he doesn't really seem interested in becoming friends with her :(. I thought maybe another bird of his own kind would help with the loneliness he must be feeling. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.