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Post: Need help before I give my child up!

Posted by Angela on 4/23/08

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    Chico, my mealy amazon, came to me in the Spring of 2004,
    and he hatched sometime in August of 2003. For the past
    few months we have played a horrible game of who's boss,
    and initially thought that maybe this was him coming into
    breeding age but I am not too sure. I have suffered two
    bad bites in the past few months, and it pains me because
    up until February he was the most lovable bird I have ever
    seen. I had never been bitten by him. I would never
    hesitate to hand him to someone, and he loved coming out
    of his cage and playing with everyone, going on car rides,
    etc. That is until recently.

    It started with a severe bite on the webbing of my thumb
    and louder and more perisistent vocalizations. This was
    the first week of February. On top of that, he has begun
    pulling his feathers out on his chest again (he has done
    this one other time two years ago due to separation
    anxiety when I went on vacation). After today I will not
    handle him (never been sexed, always assumed it was a he)
    without protection for my arms/ hands as anything you use
    to pick him up with he bites extremely hard and grinds his
    beak. He also puts his wings out and pins his eyes, and
    moves in circles on his perch. He will notcomeout of his
    cage for any reason and will move aggressively towards you
    when you open the door. To socialize or give him a bath or
    clean his cage I have resorted to having to towel him to
    get him out.

    We have recently moved, but this behavior was ongoing
    before the move and has not changed to any degree. Food
    has stayed the same, so has playtime, no new birds have
    been added(I have four altogether), now I am just scared
    for my safety to pick him up. I hate to say this,but I am
    entertaining the idea of letting himgo after having him
    for so long. To me the joy of parrot ownership is the
    interaction, which is not happening. What is the problem?

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  • Need help before I give my child up!, 4/23/08, by Angela.
  • Re: Need help before I give my child up!, 4/28/08, by Pamela.