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Old 10-01-2010, 08:13 AM
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My yellow crowned Amazon

Hi everyone! Alfy my yc Amazon is 4 and half years old. He has just started to quack like a duck! It began when my husband stroked his back but now he does it in or out his cage. He starts with a 'twitching' motion. It's very cute and he appears very happy but can anyone tell me why he does this? He is an extremely healthy bird, full feathers and good diet etc. Thankyou. Cate and Simon Smith, Nottingham, UK
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Re: My yellow crowned Amazon

Could be harmonal. He is choosing your husband as a mate.



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Old 10-01-2010, 08:37 AM
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Re: My yellow crowned Amazon

It sounds as though your husband is setting off a sexual stimulation response by rubbing Alfy's back, this should be discouraged as it could lead to other problems such as aggression and sexual frustration, scratching or petting to the head would probably be ok, but you'll want to avoid all other areas especially the back, good luck
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Re: My yellow crowned Amazon

Welcome to the forum Cate and Simon.
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Re: My yellow crowned Amazon

That video Spiritbird is exactly the sound Alfy makes! thankyou now we know and I'll let Simon know he wants him as a mate lol! We are just so glad it's nothing too wrong and it's fairly normal.
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Thankyou Bobby we'll remember that and stick to the rubbing of his head!
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Re: My yellow crowned Amazon

Hey Cate, if you have some pics of Alfy we'd love to see them, I just recently adopted a yellow crown myself, and another member (Lindsey) has one as well
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:09 PM
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Re: My yellow crowned Amazon

Agree. When my cockatoo is in season, she gets frisking. We try out best to avoid her back! Even if your bird doesn't get nippy when stimulated (ours didn't), our vet told us to work hard to avoid any stimulation (she likes to cuddle, so some contact is hard to avoid) as this will keep her in season and increases the odds of her laying an egg.
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Re: My yellow crowned Amazon

I don't mean this to sound dumb, so if it does, I apologize in advance.

I always hear this behavior should be avoided, discouraged, etc. I'm not sure if I agree with that. What I mean is...obviously, they are trying to satisfy some impulse. Does denying them that release harm them as well?

Other than being embarrassing to us (oddly enough, only after we know what it is...before, it was funny and cute), what harm can it do? I guess maybe a female might waste a lot of nutrition producing infertile eggs, or risk getting egg-bound. I figure if they're already bonded enough with you to want to try to mate with you, they've already made you their mate, despite them "sealing the deal" being impossible.

I can safely say, as a human male, I wouldn't want to "join a monastery" so to speak.

Just trying to see it from their point of view, and keeping an open mind.
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Old 10-01-2010, 01:59 PM
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Re: My yellow crowned Amazon

The only danger I'm aware of is with females and chronic egg-laying, which can cause calcium deficiency. Also, my vet said that prolonged stimulation (keeping the bird in season) can result in internal organ problems due to the vent being enlarged (the vet mentioned that what should be kept inside can start to come out and surgery would be required). To prevent this, the vet gave my U2 a hormone shot to bring the hormones under control.

With male birds, is it the same? Don't know.
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