Veteran Parrot v. Adopted Parrot
I have had my blue front amazon (Crackers) for 35 years. He was 1 year when I got him. We had become friends finally and he trusted me and always played with me and seemed happy. He only bonded with me, and tolerated everyone else including my husband (very typical for amazons).
About 2 years ago, thinking my blue front was lonely (since he is by himself during most of the weekdays), I brought in another amazon bird (Phoenix) in our house in the hopes the two would bond. Instead, my doing this seems to have led Crackers to really hating the adopted bird and then hating me for bringing her to our home. Crackers no longer trusts me -- he doesn't seem to want to come out of his cage much, he barely speaks to me -- he seems to always be on guard -- he never seems to be at peace which is not the case previously, and bites me every chance he gets (which he didn't do before Phoenix came to live with us) -- especially if Phoenix is around in Crackers' site, which is every night.
It's been nearly 2 years and Crackers still seems to really hate Phoenix being in our home -- evidenced by the night Crackers got off his cage, hoisted himself up a flight of stairs (because he can't fly upwards) and landed in the room with Phoenix who flew down to the floor where the two proceeded to fight. Fortunately, my husband heard the ruckus and pulled them apart in time.
My husband and I have come to love Phoenix who has now bonded with us, especially my husband. I realize my first priority is to my blue front, but my husband and I are very torn about what we might have to do. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on what can be done -- or are we doomed to having to take Phoenix back to the shelter? Really need someone's guidance. Thanks.