Holy *&@!#%! of a bite!!!!
Posted 14 September 2011 - 05:20 PM
Thank you in advance,
Posted 14 September 2011 - 11:07 PM
My limited experience also says what happened is normal. I went with a friend of mine for her to go pick out a female amazon for one of her male zons. She wasn't tame, unlike her male zons, but she didn't care. She had no plans on breeding, but felt that one of her three male zons could use a feminine friend. First two or three days, I had this gal eating sun flower seeds from my fingers! No petting, but she was being sweet, yet cautious! Day after, ya, I got a good bite!
If you can, try to avoid getting bitten. Easier said than done, I realize. If he's willing to go to a certain point in the cage away from where you are putting his food, then you might want to coax him over to a specific spot, give him a treat and tell him to 'stay.' Once he's at that spot, then try switching the food dishes - unless you are brave enough to allow him out of the cage prior to changing the dishes.
Posted 14 September 2011 - 11:21 PM
Okay, so what now? You learned something about your bird. Assume he is possibly cage aggressive/protective. I don't know if this tends to be a trait of certain birds, but I think I might research that.
I can share my experience. Caruso got to the point that he was flight attacking the other birds and anyone who was holding a bird. And then there was the time he flight attacked me for no reason. I took him to a good avian vet to have his beak, nails, and wings trimmed. I needed to be able to have some control over him. The vet told me that I should not allow Caruso freedom in the areas of aggression, so he can no longer just hang out on top of his cage. When I need to remove him for out of cage time, I use a long stick, making sure to carry him lower than my shoulders. I also wear heavy suede gloves with the index finger reinforced with popsicle sticks, because his bite hurts through them. Once I get him upstairs, I put him someplace to settle, like the back of a chair. I have to read his body language very carefully before I put my hands near him. Then I feed him, then he is ready for some cuddle time.
When this aggression first started getting bad, I was so sad and sick to my stomache because prior to that he was prettysweet. I wanted to cry at the thought of him being stuck in his cage. I also though I had made a huge mistake in adopting him.
The good news is that we're making it work. The vet said I should absolutely get Caruso used to my hands in his cage, but of course well-protected, like using a glove or holding a towel between him and my hand. I've also read that it's recommended to towel the bird to remove it from the cage, but Caruso, being the largest of the Amazons, is a bit intimidating for me to try that.
Anyway, I can say that I have certainly learned to respect the unpredictability of my DHY, and I am no longer second-guessing whether I should have adopted him. I do wish I knew more about his past though. I think that might have helped.
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