I just adopted a BFA 30 yrs old and a 12 yr old mini mccall

by Diana Jacobs
(York, Pa US)

The Amazon attacks me,,, then the mccall will run after me ,,help,,

I just adopted a BFA 30 yrs old and a 12 yr old mini mccall, apparently both were somewhat abused I do not know the whole story, one thing I do know is that the previous owners , not sure how many ago ,, left her little girl pull outthe birds tail feathers ,which now have grown back in, I have adobted them from a rescue,,

In the rescue both birds would let me hold them and they would step up,, Then when I brought them both home 2 weeks ago the BFA ,,has been attacking me, jumping off the cage to attack me, has bitten be several times, he sees my flesh he is on it,,, as for the mi9ni mccall,, he will let me hold him if the Amazon isn't real close,, if both get one the floor then both will try to attack me,,

They both have their own cages, apparently the amazon has bonded with this mccall, so they groom each other , I take them both away with me and I also have a CAG 7 yrs old ,, had that from a baby, so is very tame and is starting to talk to the new birds,,

This Amazo does not like me and apparently is hormonal also , I believe both the mccall and the amazon are , so that is another issue,, How long does this hormonal thing go on for?? I have no idea where to turn ,,help!!!! thanks

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Mar 13, 2012
Getting a rescue bird from a shelter
by: Linda

Diana, this letter is not just for you, and is for anyone reading it. The topic is rescue birds and what kind of family members they may make.

Before you adopt any parrot from any shelter, understand who you may be getting. If bird has been systematically abused, there is a greater than average chance they will NEVER make a good pet in the sense of being petted and trusting you. Parrots are prone to mental illness depending on type and duration of abuse. They are peaceful creatures who lose their minds in a setting of constant abuse. Much as I wish this never happened, it has become commonplace in our very damaged society.

These birds will sometimes never be able to trust again. They remember everything and unlike dogs, will sometimes not be able to trust humans again. This is something that you all need to know BEFORE bringing one home. These birds can be and are very dangerous to all members of family including other pets. They can and do attack without provocation, and these attacks can be very severe. A parrot that has been abused may HATE you and rage against you at every opportunity. In order to be safe, you must UNDERSTAND how pitiful these poor creatures are. Their trust in humans has been destroyed, and they live their lives in fear and are never able to relax and just be birds.

I do not think shelters should be adopting these kinds of birds out at all because they've already lived in the 9th level of hell, and if they get with the wrong people, AGAIN, it's more of the same.

Everyone, be very careful because what you see at the shelter is probably NOT going to be what you have once home. My heart breaks about this issue, and yet, I feel a responsibility to inform all of you of the dangers involved. Be wary of a "hard sell" at any shelter or with individuals/pet stores who tell you of abuse and say bird is fine. Bird will never, ever be fine again though some will rehab nicely in trained, trustworthy hands.

Thanks for reading, and be safe and keep your families safe. Think long and hard before adopting an abused parrot. Neglected ones will also have many physical issues and have to go to Avian Vets, so that is also a major concern.

Linda

Mar 13, 2012
I just adopted a BFA 30 yrs old and a 12 yr old mini mccall
by: Linda

First of all, you have a Mini Macaw not McCall. Secondly, taking in two abused birds may be a mistake. Abused birds are not anything like your hand-fed well taken care of Grey. They have anger issues up to and including RAGE. You are there, so they will rage at you and both can be dangerous to the ninth degree.

I suggest you find someone who is trained in the behavior issues of abused birds to help you. This will cost money, and the shelter you got birds from may know of someone or your Avian Vet may know of someone.

Take both these birds to be examined right away by an Avian Vet unless the shelter gave you a Certificate of Good Health when you adopted them. Before any training with anyone can begin, they have to be healthy. Abused birds and even some in shelters are not healthy and need to be thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet in your driving area.

Out of the goodness of your heart you on more than you are trained for, and this situation will become more dangerous until you find help from a bird behaviorist. It will be worth the little bit it costs to help these two birds and keep from getting hurt yourself.

Make sure Avian Vet clips both bird's wings. Just the 4-6 Primary Flight Feathers which are the long ones at the ends of each wing will be enough. Keep these two away from your Grey as they can and will hurt him if they get the chance. You are dealing with birds possibly in first stages of mental illness, and forget about hormonal because your problems here are far more serious than that.

Keep us posted and stay safe.

Linda

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