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Re: blue Front Amazon...

Posted by nj on 4/19/09
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    On 4/19/09, GreyLady wrote:
    >> They said they were selling it for a friend who was going
    >> through a divorce... The Bird is 7 years old. Thats all they
    >> know.. She only had the bird for a couple of days... Do you
    >> think with time she will get use to us and not be aggresive?
    > I'm wondering how well you know the seller? This sounds very
    > suspicious, at least to a long time parrot owner. There may be
    > extenuationg circumstances, maybe both of them were ready to get
    > rid of the bird, etc. However, especially assuming they had the
    > bird the whole 7 years, it's highly unlikely they would just
    > it over for someone else to sell to the first person who comes
    > along with the money. Parrot owners usually love their birds
    > too much to leave a new home to chance, as it seems has been
    > here. I admit, I have a suspicious nature but I have to wonder
    > if they can put you in touch with the previous owner to prove
    > they came by the bird legally or if it might be either a stolen,
    > or found, bird and someone saw a quick buck in the deal. I
    > really think I'd be trying to check into it if I were you. But,
    > that aside, there is simply no way to predict what might or
    > not happen, nor a time table for it. There are just too many
    > unknowns about the bird's previous history and just how much, or
    > how little "baggage" it may have. I can only say the same
    > thing. Patience, patience, patience and showing her a gentle,
    > loving and soft spoken approach, at all times. That's important
    > no matter how she acts. I work with birds like this all the
    > time. Some are much worse than what you describe, some not so
    > bad. Sometimes, being able to observe, and interact with the
    > bird, in person, I (or any other parrot behaviorist) might be
    > able to give you an idea of about how much work needds to be
    > done. But even then, there are no guarantees. They simply are
    > not like dogs and cats, whose trust we can almost always gain,
    > with enough time and proper treatment. That's because they have
    > been domesticated for many generations. That's not true of
    > parrots and is the main reason they can be so difficult to work
    > with, once they have picked up that "baggage". Just do your
    > and consider engaging the skills of a good behaviorist, at some
    > time in the future if you are not seeing any progress. I hope
    > you have a good, true, Avian vet near you and that's a good
    > to start for a recommendation. Best of luck to you.
    Thank you so much for your advice..