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Posted 4/29/2011 12:52:20 PM Post #2619

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We adopted an Amazon from someone who I guess didn't know what they were doing. He don't like you even putting you hand in his cage. He tries to bite you unless he sees food in your fingers. I can't do anything with this bird. He really isn't a loud bird. He dont' scream like I've heard other parrots do. He is 12 years old, and he was kept in a small cage in a corner with little to no human contact. I refuse to let him come and go from his cage as he pleases. I hope that's a good thing. He will step up on a pirch for me to carry him to the little cage when I clean his larger cage. But that's all. If I put my hand on the cage anywhere near him, he goes into attack mode. I have no idea what has happened to this poor thing but I can't find any books to help me with this sort of issue. I am not going to get rid of him. He has been in 6 or more homes in his life. This is his 7th. That's more than a new home every couple of years. The last people had him for only 6 months. I can't imagine how horrible things might have been for him. I only want him to calm down and not act like he needs to be defensive like he is. It's ok if he wont step up on my hand. I can deal with that. I just don't know what to do to get him to trust that we are not going to hurt him. He really deserves another chance. I had a few people tell me that he needs to be with someone who knows what they are doing. I think I can learn along with him that we can trust each other. I just need some tips on what to do, or where do I go to get the information I am looking for.

Thanks all. I do appreciate all the advice you can give me.

Posted 5/24/2012 6:51:44 PM Post #2990

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I just bought a blue front amazon which had basically the same treatment. I think people get one and one it sexually matures gets hormonal two months out of the year and starts biteing and it gets cage bound by them because they are afraid.

Try stick training the bird. Get a perch sized dowel and try and get the bird to step up and use this for a while. Dont use your hands these guys can really bite and they just dont bite and let go they get the death grip on you and try and really bite hard.

Good luck


Posted 6/29/2013 11:57:27 PM Post #3253

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My husband and I have just recently rescued a double yellow head amazon. We are his 4th family. He is very aggressive and will not let you even stick your hand in his cage. I'm not sure what was done to this bird but he is not sociable at all. We cannot even get him step up on a dowel so that we can thoroughly clean his cage. We have 2 rose breasted cockatoos so we are experienced bird owners although not very familiar with amazons but thought we may be able to help this animal. So far, no luck We have had to isolate him in a different room so that he doesn't cause harm to the rosies. His previous owners had him on an all seed diet so he is excessively overweight. We have had to put him on a low fat pelleted diet and are trying to water bottle train him as well. He is taking well to the water bottle but is not eating very well (I guess he has been spoiled by the seed diet). Since cutting seeds out all together, we have been offering them only as treats for good behavior. We thought that this would help promote better behavior but it has not helped at all. He has let me scratch his head a few times and when I try to reward him with a treat, I get bit. An Amazon's eyes are the doorway to it's soul and temperment. They get this way when they are not routinely handled and are also prone to becoming a one person bird if not handled by everyone in the home. I hate to give up on him but I think it's time to find another home for him as we have small children. He has gotten out of the cage twice while replacing his toys and each time it has taken 3 people to get him back in the cage and we have all gotten bit trying to get him back in. We cannot allow him out of cage time as he is so aggressive. They bite extremely hard and he has drawn blood each time.

I wish you the best of luck!!!
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