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Re: Angry at My Amazon

Posted by Macaw Mama on 2/07/07
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    First of all I know how frusterating it can be! I get angry to and when you get angry
    the best thing to do is walk away and calm down. Do not ever ever strike your bird ...
    if you do this they will most likely not ever trust you again. Also please please don't
    put your face near this amazon until you trust him/her .. that could be a VERY
    dangerous situation. You can talk soothingly to him/her but don't put your face
    close to him/her. It is also good to not act intimidated like you mentioned because
    they can sense it and will use it to their advantage. I have 8 macaws and 3 amazons
    so I've dealt w/ it all lol Anyway back to the point ... with this amazon when he/she
    tries to bite your hand tell him/her FIRMLY "NO" ... don't be gentle with this word ...
    let him/her know you mean business. Then wait a few seconds and try offering your
    hand again ... continue this until he/she does not try to bite your hand. Then when
    your amazons finally comes up to you hold him/her for a few minutes and put him/
    her back on the perch. Start over. Do this a few times until he/she realizes YOU are
    the boss. If you let him/her become the boss now you will have this problem forever.
    This will take time ... you have to be patient. I know at times it can be hard but
    remember ... they can't tell you what's wrong. Also watch his/her behavior when you
    are not interacting w/ him/her. It's very possible your baby has a sore spot on his/
    her body and is afraid of hurting. Just like us .. if we're sore we'll do anything to not
    "anger" that part of our body. Also keep in mind amazons are not the most "loving"
    type of parrot ... it can be done but they are usually more independent. Your baby is
    still young but it's also possible that someone else has hurt him/her before you
    brought him/her home. When they are young even the slightest indisgression on our
    part will make them timid and shy of us. Also remember he/she is just a baby ...
    treat him/her like a baby ... be gentle. Keep in mind how you would treat a human
    baby at this age ... when a baby is teething and they bite you ... do you get angry and
    want to strangle them? or do you figure it's a natural part of growing up? Everyone
    thinks I'm crazy when I compare feathered babies to human babies but if you think
    about it it makes sense. They live almost as long as we do ... some longer. They go
    through the same stages of life we do ... I've found that if I treat my babies like
    human babies they act MUCH better. Of course you'll always have your days when
    you just don't have the patience for it ... we all do but remember the feathered babies
    are trying to learn what we want from them just like our human children do but our
    feathered babies can't ask us what exactly we want. Like I said I have 8 macaws and
    3 amazons so I'm not totally off my rocker :) This method really works for me and by
    all means if you are not in the mood to play w/ your amazon then don't .. they can
    sense when we really don't want to mess w/ them and a lot of the time they use that
    to their advantage. They are really much smarter than a lot of people give them
    credit for. Well I hope this helps a little but if you have more questions feel free to
    emal me directly. dghebner@verizon.net

    On 2/07/07, ed wrote:
    > On 2/07/07, Stacy W. wrote: hello my name is Eduardo and I am
    > from central america, I've had amazons since I was a kid, I
    > think you are been to harsh on the birds behavior,and to your
    > self. you have to understand that her nature is to bite and if
    > she was in the wild, biting is perfectly fine, also remember
    > that not all the parrots are the same. I think you have a good
    > idea on not showing fear, but only time will tell if the
    > parrot will be as friendly as you are
    >> The behavior you describe is typical of Amazons but usually
    >> much later -- typically around the time they discover
    >> sexuality. The first time this biting stuff happened to me -
    > -
    >> I instinctively grabbed the bird around the neck (with my
    >> thumb and index fingers, very loosely without any pressure).
    >> The wings were not clipped and my bird flew for a few seconds
    >> with my "finger ring" around the neck. We made eye to eye
    >> contact and we were both in shock (me thinks) -- Anyways -- I
    >> pulled my hand away after about a second or two -- It has
    >> never happened again.
    >>
    >> On 2/07/07, Barb wrote:
    >>> I had 3 parrots, now 4, a 9 month old Blue Front that I've
    >>> had for 5 months. This 4th parrot is MY FIRST Amazon. I
    >>> have treated her very nicely but I really hate some of her
    >>> nasty behavior. I am looking for advice on what to do. She
    >>> is outside a lot on her big perch. For whatever reason, she
    >>> seems to get in bad (very nasty) moods. I will simply give
    >>> the step up command, and she goes hard for my finger or
    >>> hand. Other times she is perfectly fine. I am not sure
    >>> what to do when she attacks my hand. I don't want to act
    >>> scared as it will only make her more aggressive. I talk to
    >>> her trying to be close and gently yet firm and she goes for
    >>> my face. I believe she would bloody my face if allowed. I
    >>> hate this behavior and I get angry. I don't understand the
    >>> behavior and I don't like a bird who tries to bite
    >>> especially while still less than a year old. In
    >>> desperation, I have resorted to bumping her large perch in a
    >>> way that knocks her off. Then she is very willing to let me
    >>> put her on my finger from the ground. It works but it's no
    >>> way to live. Can anyone offer suggestions on how to have a
    >>> loving relationship with this type of bird?