very negleted abused yellow nape amazon

by Sherry

Hi, I have got a 25 year old yellow nape amazon parrot form a home that did not do much for him only feathers he has is on his head and he is balled like a small frying chicken he has some down light gray feathers in . he talks yell at you tells you to SHUT UP and cusses :( i got this little guy to try and give it a good home he has a appt. with the vet i kinda got a basket case and not the birds fault human fault!!!! would like to know what are the best brands some very good food and how do i get him to relize i will not hurt him he was kept in a shed for 5 years i sit near him talk to him and he hisses at me and now not as much as before.I would like to know what area i should work on to gain his trust
thank you for any help

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Sep 03, 2010
very negleted abused yellow nape amazon
by: Linda

Sherry, your story breaks my heart as I've handfed baby Yellow Napes, and they are some of the most beautiful, loving and intelligent of the parrot families. They learn to talk, sing, dance and play silly games plus they are fairly easy to teach new things as they have a hunger for learning that is not seen in a lot of the parrots. When they are healthy, the yellow head and nape is stunning.

First, take this poor little thing to Avian Vet and have him checked for infections and parasites both inside and out. Have some basic bloodwork done like CBC, Kidney, Liver, Thyroid/Parathyroid tests done to see where he stands in that area. He needs to be eating a high quality pelleted diet like Harrisons, and Tracie carries it out here. They have two flavors for your size bird, regular and pepper Lifetime Course Grind. Tracie also carries several others here too, and you could get some of each to see which he likes best or mix them up, We feed our two Amazons the regular and pepper Lifetime Course grind plus they also get a bit of Golden Feast's Glo'bules and sometimes Harrisons Birdy Bread which is also found here. Here is a link on how to change birds from seeds to pellets written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

As for taming him down and him learning to trust you, wait until he is given a clean bill of health before doing any training or other stressful acitivities. Once he is proclaimed healthy or given meds to bring him back to health, then you'll need to look at some training materials found on this site. This is NOT going to be easy or quick, and thank God you came along as this is how so many of these birds end up. They live lives of lonliness, sickness and pain, and no one cares. They die in agony and lonliness never knowing the warm, loving touch of a human being, and I must stop as I can no longer see the page. Write us anytime for any reason and God will Bless you and Family for taking in this beautiful soul so he can be helped. He's one of the lucky ones.


Sep 03, 2010
Rescued Amazon
by: Deb T

I have 3 rescues. My 27 year old mealy amazon was also badly abused (broken wing can't fly) and left alone with the chickens - but still had his feathers. Had him vet checked, toenails trimmed by vet since they were growing into his foot and his beak trimmed. Amazons are noisy anyway but he is going to have noise and separation anxiety issues. Put his cage in a low-traffic area but where he can still see what is going on, cover the back half of his cage to help him acclimatize to all the movement. Keep talking to him and move slowly. When he yells, whisper. When you feel he will be accepting, teach him to step up onto a large dowel so he will get used to being picked up and moved when you need to. Patience is the best gift you can give him. Pelleted diet is best, but the amazon won't eat it even mixed with seed, so I get the best seed mix I can (the less sunflower seeds the better) fresh fruits & veggies and then put vitamin drops in his water to make sure he gets the nutrition he needs. It has been 9 years now and he is my best pal and is now sitting on other people's hand. Still a chatter box, still has separation anxiety if I leave the room and he occasionally gets on a cussing spree but I just tell him we don't talk like that and to talk softly and he usually complies. When he gets noisiest check the volume on tv's and stereos sometimes the external noise is hard for them to get used to since he was left alone for so long. The first time he steps onto your hand you will feel such a joy for him having conquered one fear of probably many...well worth the noise.

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