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Old 01-29-2019, 10:34 AM
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Thanks Again everyone for the continued advice and feed back! I think tonight we will INVITE him to sit with us in hopes of avoiding the flying to us. So far we have been giving him space to explore and watch. When he wants to interact, we allow him... of course this is leading to the unwanted take offs.

When he does fly and land on a shoulder he will only listen to "off" when you take him to his play stand. If you try to hand perch him he hisses. This may take some work as we progress. At least for now he is easy going when you take him to his stand. He very clearly wants to have a companion to be with and is hungry for interaction.

Now for a cage question. I was told his cage was big enough for him and not to worry about upgrading. However, I feel its a bit confined and small for him. I think the measurements are about 32x23x65. The cage itself is in good shape but it seems small. It also only has 2 food doors which is a hassle. I was able to order a dish to screw onto the cage wall for fresh foods...but its not ideal. Thoughts on this size of home...anyone?
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Re: Looking for advice

We have a Double Yellow-Head Amazon who weights in just under 500g and is fully flighted. His cage is about the same size, but slightly wider at 36".

When it comes to cages, my first concern is whether the cage can be quick taken out the front door or the nearest door to where the cage is kept. Measure the doorway with the door open and that measure should be just a bit wider than the width of the cage you should upgrade too. The newer cages come with seed catchers that snap-off. Look for a cage that has a full height front door, this feature is a true joy for cleaning, feeding, exchanging toys and eases getting your Amazon in and out of the cage.

Our Amazon is a free roamer /flier and spends very little time in his cage. If he spent more time, we would move to a much larger cage.

We have purchased from BirdCages4Less.com for a very long time.
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Re: Looking for advice

Last night my daughter and I got JoJo out on our own. He played on his cage/play top the entire time and chit chatted with us. He still has no interested in perching my hand. (He may be "my bird" but I'm not "his human") Luckily my husband went and hid for the play period to give us time to bond. It was unsuccessful with me being largely ignored, today we try again. He also did not fly so that in itself was good.

While he played I cleaned his cage, gave him his supper inside, and added his new foraging toy and perch. He curiously watched me work away and at times got closer and closer! I've also noticed his eating on the pellet/seed mix he came home with is slowing down. He does love to eat his fresh foods though. (but I am finding hes more of a nuts and fruit guy and not so much veggies) All the same I am enjoying reading posts on diets and getting some ideas to try for him.

We've also been looking into a play stand/ cage for him. Nothing stands out yet perhaps this weekend we can make him a fun play area to hold him over.
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