Grieving Parrots

by Judy
(OH)

Recently my father passed away,and I'm taking care of his orange-wing Amazon.He got the parrot at about a month old and hand fed him,and has had him 12 years.Beau,(the parrot)knows me well and I took care of him alot in the past twelve months because of dad's frequent stays in the hospital.My dad wanted me to keep him because Beau likes me and responds well to me.I'm thinking about moving into my dad's home and Beau is still there so I don't get to spend as much time with him right now as I should.Are there signs to look for if the parrot is under stress because of our loss? He won't let anyone hold him or touch him but me,and recently he has started biting at me and has actually bit me a few times,although he did it very easy and it didn't hurt.What is the best thing for him at this time? I see him almost every day,but sometimes just for a short while.I'm not sure how long it will be before I move,but I don't want to move him to my house just to move right back to my dad's.Someone is staying there right now but is gone alot.I've tried to find information on this subject,but have been unable to.Please help me and Beau if you can.

Thank You,
Judy

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Sep 10, 2008
Grieving Parrot
by: Judy

Dr.B,
Thanks so much for the advice.I'll just leave him there for now.
Judy

Sep 10, 2008
Grieving Amazon Parrot
by: The Vet

If you are visiting him daily and plan to move there soon, it is best to leave him where he is. Moving back and forth may be very stressful.

Dr B

Sep 09, 2008
Grieving Parrot
by: Judy

Kralice4U,
Thank you so much for your condolences,we all miss Dad very much.
Thanks for the advice.I ordered Beau some new toys the other day and should be getting them in a few days.I also thought that might help.
I'm probably spending at least an hour and maybe more with him each day.It is just difficult sometimes ,I'm a teacher and have been going over every day after work.Some days I can spend more time with him than others,I have two kitties at home.But,I'm planning on moving into Dad's house for at least awhile and that should help.
I plan on keeping Beau with me though,I do care alot about him.I know Amazon's can be moody and Beau is no exception,some days he wants me to scratch him and pet him and other days he doesn't.I'm just trying to be sensitive to his needs.
Thanks again for the comments,it's good to know I'm not alone in this.
Judy

Sep 09, 2008
Grieving parrot
by: Kralice4u

First let me offer my condolenses to you for the loss of your father. I know this is a hard time for you and Beau. Signs of distress (As you asked) vary from feather plucking, to not eating. If Beau is used to human contact/companionship, please be sure to continue to do so. Please try hard to devote at least one hour of your time to him daily. It sounds like you two have already formed a bond and it would be great to continue. Another suggestion is to buy him some new toys and rotate them in and out of his cage. Keep him entertained if you can.

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