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Re: Amazon Aggresive Behavior

Posted by Bird Mom on 12/10/07
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    Birds are VERY posessive of their homes ( their cage ) &
    will display aggression to anyone or anything they see as a
    threat.

    My advise to you ( esp. since this is an older bird & you
    apparently don't have much experience/knowledge of birds in
    general, as yet ) is to get on your computer & locate all of
    the information that you can about this spacific type of
    Amazon Parrot. There are books available ( look on
    amazon.com ) on caring for Amazon Parrots as well as dealing
    with a re-homed bird. You will find that all birds have
    different types of personalities & possibably problems, due
    to being owned/bonded to a human who just up & disappeared
    from their lifes. Birds don't understand the death/loss of
    their owner. All they know is that they have been up-rooted
    from their safe ( human ) home & moved to a new location &
    now have strangers providing their food, water, etc.

    So you really need to read, read & read some more & educate
    yourself on how to take proper care of this bird, if you plan
    on keeping him/her. Because parrots can live for a Very Long
    time ( like 50 - 70 years! ) if taken proper care of. You
    can't rely on any internet chatboard to give you all of the
    information you are going to need to properly care for this
    bird. And I speak from 1st hand knowledge, because I adopted
    a 7 year old Green Cheek Amazon Parrot 5 years ago & had to
    take a crash course ( I was in my late 40's at the time ) in
    caring for a bird! I have since bought several books on bird
    care & printed so much information off the internet that I
    have a notebook full of information. And have tons of links
    to bird related information saved in my favorites list. So I
    know the stress & trials of taking on a grown/mature bird.
    And believe me, it takes a whole lot longer than a few weeks
    to bond with an Amazon Parrot! It can take months ( & even
    years in the case of a bird who has been abused or moved from
    one home to another. )

    There is a company in Florida called Avian Biotec ( do a
    google search ) that does DNA sexing of birds from blood or
    feathers. And by now they may also be doing it via a beck
    swab ( I know they where working on that several years ago ).
    There is no longer a need to put a bird thru that horriable
    surgery to sex them & frankly if a vet told me that was the
    only sure way to do it, I'd be finding another vet
    posthaste! All of the information you need on that matter
    can be found on their website.

    And lastly be sure to locate at least one good Avian Vet in
    your area. We have several vets where I live, but NONE of
    them care for birds ( besides nail & beak trimming ). When
    our bird fell ill 3 years ago I had to drive over 100 miles
    one way, just to get to an Avian Vet. Which was a lot of fun
    during the winter!

    Hope this information helps to get you started on your way
    to being a good parrot-parent!

    Wishing you well with your new family member!
    Bird Mom