First Double Yellow headed amazon parrot

by Alexis
(United States)

Hi this is my first parrot and this is its 3rd family im trying to learn to gain its trust and i now this will take time and i've been told he doesn't like girls which is bad i guess cause im a girl but any ideas to speed up the process on gaining trust so i can hold it and everything?

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Aug 17, 2009
Trust
by: Linda

First of all, take this bird to an Avian Vet in your area to make sure he or she is healthy. Birds get infections easily when being moved around, and so before you DO ANYTHING WITH HIM, please call, make an appointment and have him checked out by an Avian (Bird) Vet in your area.

Trust is earned, not given freely, so you will need to be ready to take your time with this bird. He has been moved around a lot, and every move hurts the bird in that he gives his trust, and then the people find some reason or the other to "dump" him on someone else.

There is training information on this site, so visit the Parrot Training page and check it out. You will need to read books and study about your bird and the kind of cage, perches and toys that are right for him. Amazons DO NOT LIKE PETTING MUCH, so do not push this bird as you will be bitten and sometimes very hard. Amazons are not as inclined to need all the emotional support of the Macaws and Cockatoos, though they still need love, understanding and you to take the best care of him that you can. You have a lot of work to do, so get busy. In the meantime, do not do any kind of training until your bird has been seen and cleared by an Avian vet.

Your Amazon needs to be fed a high quality organic pellet like Harrison's, and Tracie has that out here. He can eat the "COURSE GRIND" WHICH COMES IN PLAIN AND Pepper. I use both and give a little of each to my Amazons. It takes a while to change birds over from seeds to pellets, so follow directions on package, and go out to http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com where they can give you more information on the change-over.They are VERY HELPFUL PEOPLE, SO EMAIL or CALL THEM IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING ABOUT THE FEEDING.

Tracie also has an article written by an avian vet on Switching Birds to Pellets.

So, you have your work to do, and understand that your bird has been moved around a lot which damages his trust in humans. Give him a stable home, and treat him the way YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED IF THIS HAD HAPPENED TO YOU. It will take time for him to trust you, so settle down and get busy with learning about him and taking him to vet to make sure he is healthy. He needs to go to vet at least once a year and more often if his toenails need trimming or his beak has a point on it. Vet needs to do those things for him.

Keep us posted,
Linda

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