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Old 10-15-2020, 10:49 AM
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

So exciting to read of Jasper! Hiw her life is going to change!

Wrench and Sailboat have great threads I read and learn and apply to my non Amazon's
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Speaking of hanging stuff from ceilings, we have a hard plastic chain going from Salty's cage to his hanging boing, where his food bowl for wet stuff like chop and fruit and other veggies is located. Spans 10 feet or so and all of his toys hang from that. UNder his boing is suspended a 30" stainless bowl to catch the uneaten food and poops, and under that on the floor is a floor mat for a desk, which is easy to clean.
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

I definitely wish I could hang stuff from the ceiling for her. Mom barely let us hang the lights for the reef tank. Unfortunately, I also don't think Jasper's cage will fit where we were planning on putting it.

Our visit this afternoon went very well. I was there for over an hour, and she was happy to see me again. She was very gentle taking treats from me (I gave her the Nutri-berries first to gauge how grabby she was). I think she might've been so careful taking the treats from me because she didn't want to intimidate me.

She was very relaxed with me, and she even preened a bit in front of me. I asked her if she wanted to come out and sit with me, but she decided not to. I took a closer look at her, and her breathing seems very good (her tail barely moves at all), but her feet looked bad. They're very dry and flaky. All my birds have quite healthy feet, so to see such dry feet was a bit of a shock. She has big flakes of skin sticking out from them. Once I get her home I'm going to see if she'll let me put a bit of olive oil on them to soothe them. I'll also be working with her to change her from a strictly pellet diet to a mostly whole food diet with a few different types of pellets in it to round it out. I definitely think she has a bit of a vitamin A deficiency going on.

I showed her the different toys I'm going to put in her cage on Saturday, and I left them on the "skirt" around her cage. I showed her one of the perches as well, but she was quite concerned about it, so I just left it on the couch for half an hour before putting it away in the bag I brought.
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Okay, so I think I know how she might've gotten vitamin A deficiency. The pellets she's on (as with almost every other pellet brand) only have a MINIMUM of 5,000 IU/kg of vitamin A. Vets recommend a minimum of 8,000–11,000 IU/kg.
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Oh this is so exciting! I canít wait for pictures and to hear how she settles in. Sheís going to have a much better life with you!

Also Iím glad to hear that little Noah eventually became a sweetheart


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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Thanks, Inger! I remember when you were thinking of adopting a parrotlet as well. I'm glad Bumble was easier to handle than Noah. He was such a little terror! I mean, he wasn't a bad kid, he was just never taught how to control his anger. He and Rosie became mates a couple years later when the Humane Society gave her to us for free. She's definitely a lot more even tempered than he is, but unlike with him, I can never tell what she's thinking.

Unfortunately, I'm running out of room to store their stuff! I'm going to be throwing out a bunch of things that my previous rescues have come with (most of the items are really cheap and likely leach chemicals) in order to make some more room. I ordered 20 new toys and perches, plus 11 different bags of food. I'm probably going to sneak some of their foods into the pantry on the main floor.

I finished making the chop today. It has butternut squash, acorn squash, beet leaves, dandelion leaves, romaine, purple nappa, bok choy, radish, apple, and a bit of chia to soak up the excess water. I saved some of the squash seeds to give to Jasper.
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Well a great big belated Welcome to the Wonderful World of Amazons!!!

Happy that you have found my Amazon Thread of help to you. As I was completing the first two thirds of that Thread, it came to me that so much of it was relevant to Parrots in General. Specific areas like Diet vary depending on where in this huge World one's Parrot's home range occurs. And Yes, veggies are a huge part of an Amazons normal day's search. A lack of at least some veggies will result in vitamin deficiency.

It is very important to remember that Additives rarely provide the natural vitamins all parrots need. Also, that one never wants to guess at what their diet requires to define what additives are needed. The first goal should always be to have an Avian Medical Profession conduct a New Parrot examination that includes a full spectrum blood test. If a need is found, the place to start is Naturally Available Veggies that provide such a need(s).

It is not uncommon for Amazons to have dry looking feet, its part of their natural structure of the claws and legs. If you are looking at their feet, always check the bottom of their claws, looking specifically at their pads. Pink to deep red is an indication of poor perching products available. Natural wood perches that undulates is preferred over straight, perfection of a wood dowel.

Again, Welcome to the Wonderful World of Amazons!
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Amazons are capable of amazing longevity. Jasper has potential to be with you well into your middle-age or later!
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

I'm so excited! It's almost time for me to go pick her up! I have her new (well, new to her) perches all clean and ready to go, and the dog crate lined with newspapers and paper towels ready for her sore little feet!
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Yippee!!! Welcome home Jasper!!
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