by Joann Colapinto
yesterday I began to foster 2 forty year old Amazons. They are in separate cages. They were in a store since 1970. The owner passed away and the family didn't want them.
One is blind. She has no feathers on her chest and shook on her perch, all day. The other seems to have settled in, so far, nicely. He started talking yesterday and seemed very excited when I responded. My concern is for the other. I am an inexperienced bird owner but I do want to take the best care of them possible.
Where do I even begin?? Their previous diet consisted of sunflower seeds and water. How do I get them to eat healthier foods? I fully understand that realizing their true personalities may take some time and I am prepared.
The one says "hello". The other, nothing thus far. Can they be taught new words at this age? Can they be taught tricks?
I am pretty excited and if I can learn the proper care for them, I would love to adopt them. I have enough room in my house to create a beautiful, room sized, cage. They have always been in separate cages. How can I find out if they will get along together, sans cages?
As you can see...many questions.
Thanks for any guidance you may offer.