Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:19 PM
My 90 year old mother in-law has a 30 something year old green amazon. She used to spend a lot of time with the bird and he talked a whistled all the time, but he would only let her handel him. Her health is declining and she no longer spends any time with the bird. He is alone in is cage in the kitchen. We want to take him to our house, but do not know the first thing about taking care of birds.
He will take food from me through the bars but I am afaid to put my hand in the cage .
Where do I start to learn how to take care for him, or am I better off trying to find him a home with someone who knows what they are doing?
Posted 24 January 2012 - 08:54 PM
Parrots operate on trust, they have long memories, and even longer lives. They are not in a hurry, and will often take their time sizing you up, deciding when to begin to trust you. So go slow. Don't expect amazing results immediately. It could happen, but odds are it won't.
Take cage and all with you home. His cage is his safety net for now. He may later need a larger one if she purchased that cage a long time ago. Take home with you some of the food he's been eating. Is it seed? Or has she fed a healthy (veggys, fruit, grains, nuts, pellets, etc..) diet? You'll need to transfer him to a healthy diet if he hasn't been on one. It takes time, so go about it slowly.
There's much to learn about keeping a parrot, but the payoff can be huge. They're fun, loving, fiesty, and comical companions. They can drive you nuts, and then have you bragging to everyone how smart/sweet/funny they are. They hook you...so be warned!
You'll be asking lots of questions as you get into it, so just jump on the board whenever you need something answered. No question is dumb, so ask away!
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 03:13 PM
He has been eating mixed seed for a long time and seems to be eating mostly the sunflower seeds. For the past few weeks I have been giving him a bit of apple every day and he seems to like them. I change his food and water every day, but am only there for a very short time.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:40 PM
I cant think of anything else to suggest except maybe get him a bigger cage and sit his current cage next to it and leave the door to the new cage open so when he has out of cage time he can feel free to come and go and explore the bigger cage and get to know it in his time that way he is more likely to feel safe and comfortable in it.
Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:38 AM
Posted 09 February 2012 - 05:46 AM
such a short time. He arrived from Texas to Connecticut having been exclusively cage bound for 34 years. He now climbs in and out of his cage at will. He is practicing stepping up on my arm. I changed his diet pretty easily from exclusively pellets to include a significant amount of fresh fruits and vegetables and sprouts and grains. He has very easily joined my family, though the dog is extremely jealous . The advice here is all very good. Move at the birds pace. Very slowly and build trust. Sometimes when I practice stepping up with him he just lifts his foot in the air and I give him a little treat. He doesn't really even have to actually step on my arm. Sometimes he does, though. I let him decide. I guess one day he will just feel good enough about it to do it? They are funny little guys and they really get under your skin, in a good way. Enjoy!
Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:42 AM
I think you'll get there with your B&G! Might have to try and lure him over, see if he's comfortable with that, and if he moves just a tiny bit, reward him! May help to have your hand/arm on the same surface as what he's standing on for the "step up" so it's not such a "change". Try and make your arm as stable as possible (hence putting it on the same surface rather than not stabilizing your arm against something) and that may indeed help build up his confidence!
Posted 14 February 2012 - 04:43 AM
Don't throw to much at your self nor the bird you have lots of time to experience each other and grow go slow before you know it he will become more of your daily life they you would of ever imagined.
Below is a youtube of my Baby girl Daisy maybe this will give you a glimpse of just what you are in for.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:10 AM
It is a good sign that he is taking food from you and assume that he was well socialized.
Should be looking at moving him into your home as soon as possible and introducing him to a newer bigger cage... you could put food dishes in the new cage and entice him in that manner and if he is taking food I would offer your hand to see how he responds.
Bet he is a lonely little fellow and without your MIL his world has been turned sideways.
Is there any way he can be taken to visit your MIL ?
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