I have no clue what parrot I have or what the weight should be.

What amazon is this?

What amazon is this?

I bought a White fronted Amazon Parrot (so I was told) but looking at pictures of the amazon species, it doesn't look like it at all. My concern is what it's weight should be at 14 weeks, and it seems that there is a different weight according to the species. Also I'm struggling to wean the parrot. My avian vet recommended a specific diet, but the parrot refuse to eat any of the food. It loves seeds, but surely it can't live on that alone?

Thanks
H Burnett

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Feb 11, 2012
Thank you for the response
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your response. I feel a lot more confident now. I've noticed that the parrot only likes, or trusts, stainless steel bowls. I've been placing the other foods in different containers, and yesterday he tried to climb into my dog's stainless steel bowl when I was busy cleaning it. This is really something I'm going to change as it seems that these little guys don’t trust anything new (or change). It also seem that I have to watch him very closely to determine what he likes, or dislike. Again, you've helped a lot about little things like the time to spend on weaning. I'll keep feeding him and place the other foods in container he apparently likes. I wish I could buy food from your country (also something difficult to find here) or safe toys. I inspect everything before giving it to him to play with. He loves paper, so now I wrap some food in it which is somewhat of a surprise for him. Thank you very much!

Feb 10, 2012
you're welcome
by: Anonymous

Just give him some time. I am not sure how long you've had him for but he sounds quite new to your home. Regardless of any parrot being hand reared & weaned properly, a new home is frightening to them & all you need to do is give them a week or so to settle in, get used to their new surroundings & new humans. Take the 'hands off' approach during this time & he'll settle in faster. He just sounds very frightened & needs his time. If he isn't losing weight take that as a good thing. Steady weight is always important at this age for them. Leave the bowls in the cage all day, every day. He may take days or a week to get the courage to go to the bowls & start trying the new foods. You don't need to conceal the food with sed, just mix in a little seed with the other food as encouragement. I know you feel you need to hurry & sort the weaning out but I don't think you should rush this until the bird is more comfortable & not so afraid. Then you can asses the situation again & go from there. The important thing for now is to let him settle in properly.

It is a shame there are breeders like yours that give people the wrong info. It makes the rest of us look bad. Just for some info you might want to know in the future, baby parrots do not 'bond'. Baby parrots are way too young & only rely on their human or parrot parent to feed them & keep them alive. Bonding of birds can actually take years. Hand rearing, hand feeding, weaning all they do is get the bird accustomed to 'human hands' & nothing more. No matter how well hand reared or formula fed a baby parrot will be, when it goes to a completely new home, new environment, new humans, hand rearing, weaning doesn't solve this. A new home is always daunting to any happy, well reared parrot.

Feb 10, 2012
Thank you for your response
by: Anonymous

Hi anonymous,

Thanks for your answer. I do agree that unweaned parrots should not be sold to a person with no experience. I'm learning the hard way. I wanted the seller to wean him, and let me have him once that is done. The lady selling the parrots told me that it is nonsense to buy weaned parrots as the bonding won't take place. I now realize that to them making money is more important than the poor parrots. I struggled to get his age from her as well. I took perseverance to contact her constantly to determine his age. It is difficult getting support and I am struggling to learn everything about looking after my parrot (which I bought after my husband passed away). That is why I've started searching the net for support. I really feel that your answer will help me a lot. I'm in the situation now and have to make the best of it. I feed him twice a day, but he doesn't eat much of it and his weight stays the same. I weigh him regularly and that is why I'm concerned. As I live in a remote area we only see the Avian Vet every 3-4 months. I’ve removed all the seeds and placed fruits and veggies in his cage, trying to camouflage it with seeds, but he just goes and sits in a corner without moving at all. That is the part that confuses me, as he doesn’t eat much of his feeding and more seeds. I don’t want him to starve, or force the weaning process. But something has to be done, so my gut tells me, and every day I feel that there is more I must do to wean him. I really care about my parrot a lot, and want to do my best to raise him into a healthy and happy parrot. He did attempt to take a bath in his drinking water today, and we were all so happy to see at least one improvement. If anyone asks me whether they must buy an unweaned parrot, my answer is a definite no! I'll tell anyone that the parrot is the one that suffers, as well as the new owner. It is a very emotional process, and I feel it is wrong to let people go through such a process.

Feb 09, 2012
amazons
by: Anonymous

He could be a red crowned or a red lored amazon. Here's a list (with pics) of amazon parrots: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Amazon_parrots When you do you search for which he is just remember he hasn't got his entire coat colouring just yet. You may end up with larger red over his head, more blue, a little yellow. Once he's got all his colours it'll be easier to ID him. And nope, he's definitely not a white fronted.

I have 1 question. Why wean a parrot that you're having trouble with? They, & other parrot species his size are not easy to wean & there are so many problems you can come up with. It is better to buy a fully weaned bird, for the birds sake. The person who sold him to you should never have done that. Since they did they should have kept communication with you to help you through this process. To not give you weaning support is completely irresponsible on their behalf.

Keep taking him to the vet, take on board all the vets advice & try whatever the vet says. For weaning, remove the seed. Place 3-4 bowls at the bottom of his cage full of fruit, veggies, pellets, sprouts etc... Let him have the time to explore these bowls & taste these foods. you haven't said how many feeds he's on a day. When he explores these foods during the day he will start to enjoy eating them & fill himself up before a feed is due. then once he has a feed he may reject some of it because he's full from eating solids. It's a very good way to get him to 'self wean' & become more independent & not rely on baby feeds all the time. Keep the food bowls topped up every day all day, keep them fresh & give him a chance to check them all out. You can also try mixing the seed in with the fresh moist food. This will encourage him to try the new foods as he goes for the seeds. The whole idea of this is to get him used to a HUGE variety of foods & not grow up to be a fussy eater. A fussy eater can be very difficult to feed certain things to if you want to or have to according to your vet.

Lastly, do a little googling. there is a lot of varying info on amazon parrots that might help you as well plus there are a million people who own them :))

Feb 09, 2012
Weight of a baby Amazon parrot
by: Tracie

It could be a baby red lored Amazon parrot? It would be best for you to Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird and give you guidelines about the weight.

I am not a breeder, so maybe a breeder will see your question and know the answer.

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