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Old 06-10-2018, 10:41 PM
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My name is Susan Moon and I have a very ongoing problem with my husbands amazon named Blue.

Not sure if I will ever be able to rehabilitate him to stop attacking me out of jealously.

My situation is We acquired Blue about 15 yrs ago and He was a great parrot. Loved us both. Could handle him and play with (him?). Then We got another amazon about 7yrs . This time a female named Angel. She bonded with me instantly and for a long time things were fine. about 3 months went by and we put them into the same cage together all was well. They bonded to each other

Then one day thought Blue wanted a kiss so leaned forward and (CRUNCH) got both lips. So knee jerk reaction i smacked him and he fell to the floor. (bad thing to do i know)

ever sense then he? (blue) has been attacking me. Bites me whenever he get close enough.

Ok so my question is will i ever be able to stop the behavior? Its been going on for a LONG time. Thinking I might have to give him up to someone else. But don't want to separate Angel for blue.

any help would be appropriated.

Susan:
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:02 AM
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Re: Jealous Amazon parrot

Can you, YES! It will require both time and a major effort on your part! The process requires that you Start as if this is Day one, rebuilding trust and a connection base around that trust. Your working model is: Only good things happen went you are around.

There is no question that several real No-No's occurred over the years and as a family, you really need to start-over as well. Placing two Amazons together can work 'sometimes.' But, now they have a bond and the male (?) has a bond with your husband and I am guess that the female is kind of Okay with you? So that places you at the bottom of the Pecking Order in your home.

1. DNA confirm what the sex is of both Amazons.
2. Confirm what their overall health is by getting a detailed well-bird exam by an Avian Vet.
3. Start the process of physically separating them into their own cages, yes they can be next to each other. FYI: If they are a Bonded Sexual Pair, by having them together, you force physical protection emotions and unwanted breeding and all the many issues that can bring up.
4. Restart the bonding and trust building process from step one. Since you are the low one on the Pecking order, you get to provide all the good stuff.

Lots of work ahead of you. But to be honest, you got yourself here, one day at a time and that is how you will work back out of here.

Please read the two Threads at the Top of the Amazon Forum, highlighted in light blue. Start first with the Understanding Amazons Body Language by sitting next the the cage and reading softly 'out-loud' that Thread several times a day for several weeks until you understand the signs your Amazon(s) are providing you as if it was your first language. The other Thread is huge and contains lots of information on Loving and Living with Amazons.

One Step at a time and you will get there.

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Old 06-11-2018, 07:16 AM
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Re: Jealous Amazon parrot

Please don't re-home, as this only makes things worse for the parrot, as he will not understand why he lost his family. Sailboats is our resident Amazon expert and he has given your great advice. 15 years is a long time to just give away. One day at a time, and be prepared to take 2 steps forward and one step back.

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Re: Jealous Amazon parrot

The Angel is bonded to me and Blue to husband or Blue used to be. Hubby doesn't spend time with him anymore which is why I mentioned the rehousing him. They have been in the same cage now for years and they do try to breed. I'm sure that's another no-no I could try to separate them but don't want either on to get depressed.
Need all the help I can get.
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What are you going to do if they start laying and hatching eggs?

Why has your hubby stopped interacting with Blue?
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Re: Jealous Amazon parrot

Sorry to hear you are in this situation. I can't imagine being attacked at every instance and just generally not trusted by a bird you used to have a closer bond with.
I want to believe that you can still earn Blue's trust, but you need to ask yourself, are you willing to work on this with him and commit to him now on and forever?

When a bird gets smacked, hit, abused, whatever you want to call it (I know you did not abuse him, I would have done the same thing if I had my lips bitten) well, they remember. Being an Amazon, such an intelligent bird, they are less prone to forgive than say a cockatiel would be.

While the trust between you may be shattered, it is up to you to decide if you want to commit to re-gaining his trust. This will require daily interaction and work to make every single interaction with Blue a positive one. Finding a treat he enjoys, and spending time with him every single day, talking to him softly, basically beginning from square one on regaining his trust, just like with a new bird, building that bond until he no longer attacks you.

I will not judge you either way on what you decide, as I (and the members writing replies) aren't living with a bird that hates them and attacks at every chance he gets, you are. I have no idea what it's like to come home to that, maybe some rehabilitators here do, but you won't find judgment from me.
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Re: Jealous Amazon parrot

Blue has been getting more aggressive and hubby doesn't want get bit. Blue Boeing want hubby to pick him up anymore
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Old 06-11-2018, 04:12 PM
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Had a nest box for them and she did lay a couple is eggs but she laid them from the top perch and they broke. That being said I didn't want that to happen anymore to I removed the box and put and put a large block of wood in its place for them to perch on and to chew up. Haven't seen anymore broken eggs since. They still mate though. Is that a bad thing?
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Old 06-11-2018, 04:23 PM
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I would love to regain his trust. But I don't want to be his chew toy anymore
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Would it help things if I separate them
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