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Re: Angry at My Amazon

Posted by Macaw Mama on 2/08/07
(9) Comments

    All very good points .. also I've noticed w/ my guys even when they are not molting their
    feathers get sore. Like before and after the molt they act like thier feathers are sore to the
    touch. That may also be part of what is going on with your baby

    On 2/08/07, KittyJ wrote:
    > Birds biting is NOT normal. In the wild there parents teach
    > eachother about respecting eachothers space, and everything. They
    > only bite IF HAVE TO. But in captivity we change the birds and
    > messing up their insticnt. Now I believe th ebaby is just like a
    > child, testing his mommas limits. They do that in the wild too!
    > You must each them biting is a NO NO. Like the parents would.
    > Often times you can do that buy distracting them or "time" out
    > EMMEDIATALY after the bite in the cage for 5 minutes, and MUST not
    > look or talk to him untill 5 minutes are up. Its so sad to do it.
    > But he'll learn this behavior is unacceptable. You dont see birds
    > in the wild just biting at eachother causing puncture wounds..
    > they'd all be one big bloody disease and death. Amazons in general
    > I believe have MANY noticable warning signs saying "back off"
    > Sometimes yo uhave to listen to these signs. Also if you live with
    > someone else the young amazon might be taking to someone else, or
    > even another bird. Many birds are a "Dont touch me" birds, even
    > when they were very well socialized and handraised to be
    > the "perfect" cuddly bird, they change. They grow up. Some birds
    > HATE finger, so you must cup you hand. Maybe while the bird is in
    > a "fighty" mood try playing with the birds. It helps get rid of
    > built up energy. Thats why its a must to provide LOTS of toys.
    > Bokka my Umbrella Too was a "Me bird" lol. Only mememe. Mom plays
    > the peekaboo game with a towel when he wants to fight and bite.
    > And he bites that, and after wards he is calm enough to just fluff
    > up and give warning signs, but not actually bite when mom
    > scritches his head and rubs his piggies. Also your Amazon may of
    > just been started or be molting. Around a yr of age I believe they
    > go through another molt...