by Judy Britton
(Claremont, NH)

I am adopting a 25 year old Mealy Amazon. I know
some about parrots, but not one this old. She use to talk but is not now. Will she ever? Vet checked soon. Am I in for any suprises?


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Jul 30, 2010
Zon adoption
by: Anonymous

Bless you for adopting an older bird. They have so much love to give. My best buddy in the bird room is a 11 year old quaker. My first quaker, Jade, I was told didn't talk....and now she says over 40 things. They need to be comfortable and secure. I bet that zon knows plenty, but is just waiting for someone worthy enough to hear it. LOL By all means, see an avian vet and get your new bird checked out. And don't forget the fresh foods...the more varied the diet the better. Best of luck, and please keep us posted on how it goes. I would love to see a pic too!

Jul 27, 2010
Hi Judy
by: Candy

Amazons are amazing birds as pets. I have a 36 year old Yellow headed Amazon. They usualy take to one person only. As Linda suggested, get him to an Avian vet to be checked out as my Amazon landed up having a really fatty liver from the prevous owner feeding him so much seed. Try to keep your parrot as active as possible as they tend to get lazy.

Hope this helps.

Jul 26, 2010
by: Linda

Judy, is it good that you are adopting an older bird as it is difficult to find them good homes.

The Amazons can live up to 70-75 years, so your bird is only halfway there. You must begin changing bird over from seeds to organic pellets, and here is a link on how to do so written by Avian Vet.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Also, be sure to get bird to the Avian Vet as soon as possible because older birds can be having problems with kidneys and livers if they have had to eat a poor diet of seeds this long. Have vet check for infections both bacterial and viral and some basic blookwork to check kidneys, liver, thyroid and parathyroid functions. If your bird is sick, then he will not feel good enough to talk. If he has been neglected and left in his cage a lot, he will be afraid to come out and afraid of you.

Once he has a clean bill of health, you can check out some of the training materials on this site, and other places on the internet.

It is IMPORTANT that birds of all ages have a minimum of a once a year visit to an Avian Vet. In older birds like this, it is a MUST not an option.

Again, thanks so much for taking him into your home, and once he feels better, he may surprise you with words he already knows and a few new ones. Some parrots, however, just talk in Amazonese like my 35 year old Stella. Eli and Stella are Red Lored Amazons, and Eli has extensive vocabulary while Stella talks only Amazon.


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