On 11/06/06, Gail wrote:
> On 11/05/06, Jo-Ann wrote:
>> On 11/05/06, greg wrote:
>>> help needed..
>>> I have purchased a double yellow headed Amazon..He
>>> is about 15 years old, has had a history of two previous
>>> male owners..and was kept in a small toyless cage..
>>> He flares his tail and pins his eyes.. bites and reacts
>>> this way only to men. Does anyone have a reason why he
>>> would have this reaction only to men and/or a solution to
>>> the problem..i have had the amazon for a little over a
>>> month. i can give him food and water from my hand, but
>>> with no offering he strikes to bite...my fiance
>>> can handle the bird like a baby and never has a problem..
>>> I would like to be able to handle the bird also.. any
>>> suggestions would be helpful... thank u.. greg
>> Maybe he didn't enjoy his time with the previous male
>> owners! Small home (cage) notheing to do (no toys) doesn't
>> sound like much fun - surprised he hasn't plucked himself.
>> It's only been a month, give him time to get to know you and
>> learn he can trust you. It would probably take us a bit of
>> time to trust a new person after some not so nice conditions
>> Even look at the other species boards, you never know where
>> you'll find a good tip.
>> Good luck
> I agree with Jo Ann, it will take a while for your amazon to
> gain trust again. Take it slow, don't try to handle him until
> he's ready. Talk to him and what ever you do, tell him. It
> may take awhile, but gradually he will realize that you won't
> harm him and he'll come around. Amazons are awesome, and once
> he feels secure, the clown with an attitude personality will
> shine! Be patient.......
I would say that your fiance being able to handle him is pretty
good considering what he's been thru. Patience really is a
virtue with parrots. I'm not sure where you're from but some
behavioralist will even give you a free consultation if the
biting continues for a long period of time. Just continue being
friendly yet firm with him. Amazons are a real joy!