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Posted 5/10/2012 2:55:50 AM Post #2972

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Been wanting to get a large bird for months now, and finally broke down the research and decided an amazon was the parrot for me.

Did some local classified shopping and picked up what I think is a magna double headed amazon. The add listed as 'parrot for sale', when I asked what species, they replied they were told by someone at a pet shop it was a 'yellow mexican bird', age unknown. I went to check her out and meet her I saw a lot of potential in an excellent feathered friend, and the price was right. LOAD HER UP!

So far has been an excellent transition, she is already responding to "up" commands (when she is out of here cage, wont allow me to remove her yet, but progress is continually made). She's allowing me to scratch her head, first time was timid, but now she's allowing me to rub all the way down to give her a neck massage with no problems. Well, only that she doesn't want me to stop!

Have a couple of genetic questions for you experts out there.

First, is she really a magna? Pictures should be attached in post.
She has heterochromia one eye is red, and the other brown. Does this mean anything?
Behavioral question: she never used her cuttlebone, she bites cage a lot, and rubs her beak on the perch she sits on. When I have her out, she also rubs on my rugs, cast iron furniture legs, and edges of glasstop tables (tapered, rounded edge), and probably more if I let her roam into new rooms! Any ideas on what this means? It has crossed my mind that this is just how she would explore new materials, but she does it consistently inside her cage on the perch that she knows and moved here with.

This is my first large bird. Last feathered fellow was a cockatiel, and parakeets before that, so please forgive the noob-ness

References to highly rated reading material would be much appreciated at well!!

Look forward to your responses!

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Posted 5/12/2012 12:55:04 PM Post #2979

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She doesn't look perfect feathered from the photo as she is missing some tail feathers. Best thing to do is take her to the vet to get a full check up. How silly "yellow Mexican bird".
Posted 11/21/2012 5:23:39 PM Post #3123

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I totally agree a Vet visit and bloodwork (well birdy check up) should be done her tail feathers look pretty rough that could be due to he stressed chewing them or being kept in too small a cage or the perch was placed too close to the cage and her tail feathers were rubbing or sadly it can be due to diet.
Amazons are prone to fatty liver disease and so should not be overloaded with fat in the diet Some of those things that are no non's are peanuts
which due to possible mold issues i stopped feeding anyway, sunflower seeds if you end up with a bird that loves them use them as a special teat when training and he or she does really well. Amazons especially i have found DYH ones are Very food motivated and if they think they will get fed most will learn to do as asked if you are consistent basically they are like toddlers in that regard always staying consistent with handling and training I have also found that routine is helpful too i know mine get upset when i am late doing something or when i go out of town (my adult Sons bird sit so they never have to go to another place which helps with routine as well)

The way his feathers are looking i would get him on a fresh food diet I also offer nutri Berries and dried fruits (make sure they are sulphar and sugar free) i order mine from My Safe Bird Store they offer a blend that i feed all my birds. Also fresh veggies and fruits and sprouts are a huge help Let them sprout till the little tail is just a nub ready to protrude. I can send you info on sprouting. i also cook and bake for my flock. They Love edamame shelled. I buy it frozen in the supermarket and mix with different rices and greens chopped. Another think i keep on hand is Chop which is a wonderfully healthy food full of great vitamins and when i get in a new bird i feed this a little more

recipes are found here
Also the forum itself has lots of good info

As far as cuttle many of the amazons i have worked with pay little attention to cuttle bone i give mine a calcium mineral block it is like a large block and can be attached to side of cage with Bolt.

Also the rubbing of the beak I have always been told it is to polish or clean the beak. Honestly i think it is a way to explore as well when they do it out of cage on different materials i say this because most of mine may do it when they first get here but then once they have been on that sofa or carpet before it starts to happen less. Mind you they do it in cage a lot.
Mine also taps often which means this is Mine back off and it is a guarding type showing its dominance MOST time this is a bluff But it takes time to learn the bird enough to know when it is and when it is not serious.

You were very lucky to get a friendly one many times DYH and many Amazons come with a LOT of baggage and can be quite the handful. i have one now that i have been working with for a little over 3 years and he only just started allowing me to touch when he is out the cage Only when he is in the mood though.
You should learn how to read them they are easy to tell when they are upset the tail flares and their eyes start flashing, (meaning pupils dilate over and over) the tapping on the perch, the nape feathers go up etc. I am sort of lucky My Blue Front Tells me when he is upset and wants to be left alone he just says Get Out I have learned to listen LOL

I have many great links i would be happy to share and happy to share i am not a expert but have been working with parrots in general for almost 13 years i know many here have me beat on that I have only one pair i ever breed They are my personal birds that i bought as babies and raised with intent on breeding. I have not bred them in a year as i have been so busy with rescue and education stuff All my other parrots and those i work with are rescues

A couple great books i have liked are these mind you i am not saying you have to go buy them if i was to choose i would get the Parrot Problem Saver she has another that goes well with this as a companion book She also is on Facebook and is also happy to answer a question. Mattie Sue is also really good at what she does her sit is here
This is Barbara's site and here is her facebook

Here are a couple places i recommend
This speaks on beak wiping and also offers a lot of other great info

Also a few forums i visit other then this one are

Hope this helps and feel free to shoot me a message if you like.
Posted 9/23/2013 11:23:11 PM Post #3291

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Old post. Just curious if they diagnosed a sinus infection. That sounded like what her behavior would suggest.
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