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Old 01-15-2016, 10:28 PM
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So a friend of mine who runs a rat rescue, and she does own a few birds of her own, was asked from an acquaintance to take a Red Lored Amazon, Happy. He told her of she didn't take her, he was releasing her or giving her to so random joe-shmo on the street. She didn't want the bird, and knowing I had a few Conures, called me about it. Apparently he's had her for YEARS and lost interest a while ago. He began ignoring her and now, Happy, is most certainly not happy.

I agreed to take her on to try to rehab her and either adopt her out through a well respected agency near me, I'll keep her as a foster till she gets a home, or keep her if we bond.

This guy said she was coming with her cage, her toys, a stand, and food..... He showed up at my friends with NO food, NO stand, NO TOYS AT ALL, her and her cage REEK of cigarette smoke, and a small cage that is falling apart.

Poor Happy is 19 going on 20 years old, tiny for her species and a bit tattered. He handled her a bit and she was fine but he warned she bites others. He's all she's ever known. And then he just left. Walked away and didn't look back.

I pick her up Saturday evening. Apparently she's super inquisitive and chatty, and will eat anything they've given her. We thought we were getting a bird who just needed since attention. We got a poor soul who needs some major TLC. Her cage will hold her for now and once she gets used to me she'll get an upgrade. I already got her a few toys

I've never handled an Amazon before and I'm not quite sure how to proceed with getting her back on track. It's going to be a long and slow process but I'm determined to make her Happy again

Any advice??

**Below is Happy. My friend sent me the photos. She had an unused toy she bought for her ACG that she gave Happy since she had NONE**



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Old 01-16-2016, 02:37 AM
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Re: HELP!! Red Lored Amazon

Poor Happy! You did the right thing in taking her in! God bless you!

I am not familiar with Red Lordes..My BF is almost 30,had her from 16 weeks old..Amazons are wonderful creatures.. Give him/her as much attention as you can..maybe try a mist bath after a few weeks?

How is her/his appetite? Try different foods..veggies and fruits.

A good friend of mine lost his Red Lorde after 32 yrs around New Years..maybe he'd be interested in adopting Happy



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Old 01-16-2016, 04:33 AM
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Re: HELP!! Red Lored Amazon

Thank you for helping her!! She looks so sweet although her feathers look a little dull, maybe a vet visit just in case. With my Paco, lots of love, attention,toys and good food won his heart and I swear when he looks at me he is still saying thank you... I love Amazons and they know how to return love trifold when you've earned it. I think "Happy" wil reemerge now that she has a good home. Just be patient and gentle and earn her trust. Keep talking to her and including her in everyday conversations and activities as she tolerates it. Toss in a few pine nuts and she'll come around. Take it day by day and I bet it will happen. Good luck and have fun with her, she a little sweetie!
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Old 01-16-2016, 05:29 AM
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Re: HELP!! Red Lored Amazon

Best of luck to happy and you. You are wonderful people. Bless you.
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Re: HELP!! Red Lored Amazon

Oh look at her!! THANK YOU for taking Happy in. She deserves every bit of happiness and love in the world.

IMO she is in GREAT hands with you.

Take it one day at a time. Amazons are awesome, no doubt about it, and they show you via body language what mood they're in.
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Re: HELP!! Red Lored Amazon

Another angel just earned her wings!
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Old 01-16-2016, 08:04 AM
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Re: HELP!! Red Lored Amazon

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Amazons!

Please take the time to read the first thread in this Forum - Titled: Amazon Body Language. It will get you quickly up to speed. Begin applying what you learn from the thread and watch Happy open-up. Amazons are known as the 'What you see is what you get parrots.' Which means they rarely hide their feelings. By reading their body language (Learning Amazon) you will quickly come to understand what your Amazon is conveying to you.

There is no reason to give-up on an Amazon. They are the 'come back kids' of the parrot world. Love, Understanding, Time and Learning Amazon (Body Language) will resolve nearly all interaction problems.

Take the time to read through the Amazon Forum. NOTE: Move to the side of Happy's cage and read it aloud. Amazons as do most parrots love to be read too.

IMO, never spray water directly at a new parrot. Spray above and allow the water droplets to fall natural from above. If Happy loves to bowl bath consider a glass or like heavy pie plate, fill with warm water (never hot) and watch the fun. FYI, my DYH Amazon loves cold water. NOTE: It is very possible that Happy rarely got the chance to bowl bath, so as noted above let Happy have the Time to learn or re-learn that joy.

Enjoy, Amazons Have More Fun!
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Old 01-16-2016, 09:48 AM
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Re: HELP!! Red Lored Amazon

OOOHHH!!! If I lived closer I would sure be in line to take her! Red Lored's are so pretty! And my girl Zilla an Orange Wing is proof that Zons are the come back kids! We've been through a lot, but she is the best thing that has happened to me in years! She's the sweetest little parrot (don't tell her I said she is little) and she thanks me every day for taking the time and patients to help her when she needed it most.

Zilla loves to have warm water misted into the air above her so it "rains" down on her and we can easily go through 3 full spray bottles before she is done! No bowl bathing for her, it's the misting or the shower with me. She also loves when I share some food off my plate, so I make sure meal times I have at least 1 thing she can have and I let her watch me take it off my plate and put it on hers. Her favorite treats are Pecans & those long skinny dried red peppers. She loves when I play music & attempt to sing to her, and when I sit and read out loud near her.

Zilla just LOVES attention from me and will do almost anything to get it, so if Happy has been basically ignored for awhile I bet she will open up quickly if you just read & sing to her, share a bite or two of parrot safe food with her off your plate, talk to her whenever you walk by her cage.
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Re: HELP!! Red Lored Amazon

Thank you everyone! I have to admit I'm a bit nervous. All I've heard about Amazons from some people I've talked to outside this site, is that they are aggressive and mean. I've heard horror stories about the damage they do to people and other pets. Knowing she's already in 'anger' mode is going to have me needing just as much time to get to know her as she is with me. It's odd that I can face a horse and a macaw with no issue but this one has me baffled :/

I pick her up today and I'll be stopping by the bird groomer to get her wings trimmed until I can trust her to leave then grow out. The last thing I need is her diving at me.

I feel so bad for her and her situation. I don't know how people can do that. I have a Conure who bites any time I try to get near, he's a jerk, but he's MINE. This is his home and will always remain that way. He's MY jerk

I will most definitely read the Body Language post and read through the form more. And I LOVE to read so I'll be more than happy to read to her

Thank you all again! I can't wait to start this journey with her!
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Re: HELP!! Red Lored Amazon

It just so happens that I've had a red lored rehab bird for 15+ years now. She was the first rehab bird that I kept... because by the time we finished, we were so bonded that I couldn't bare to part with her.

Red Loreds tend to be on the shy side. Which means that IF they are biters, it's because they are FEAR biters... So keep that in mind.

Secondly, it sounds like this bird was cage bound/cage territorial, which isn't biting so much as it is just not getting out and getting her needs met...

Bathing and good food goes a long way with making them feel good again.

Sit down, talk with the bird, see how she reacts to you. Pay attention to her. See if she will come to you...

AMAZONS BOUNCE BACK! THEY REALLY, REALLY DO!!!

THAT BIRD DESPERATELY NEEDS A BATH!!! DESPERATELY!!! Good old fashioned soaking... followed by a low setting blowdry. Feather condition is TERRIBLE, yet she hasn't plucked. Which shows you just how hardy she is...

Sally came to me in much the same condition, hadn't been bathed in TWO YEARS... when I got her. She was SOOOOO happy to get a bath. Stuck her head under the water, closed her eyes and just cooed!
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