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Old 11-03-2018, 11:49 AM
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The Amazonian Times

This is intended to be the running commentary of my 3 Amazons.

Bingo a Yellow Nape Amazon.
He was my second parrot bought in 1986. I was told he was 1 year old when I bought him but he went through puberty less than a year after I got him So all I can say for sure is he is at least 33 years old.

Luna is a Green Cheek Amazon AKA Mexican Red headed Amazon.
I adopted her 1 year ago in December 2017 From a member of the parrot forum. Her History is unknown and unknowable. She was found on a sidewalk in/near San Diego Picked up and nursed back to health. The person who rescued her tried over a month to find the original owner but no one came forward. She could say “Hello” and “Parrot” when I got her and she has added “such a cute parrot”, “such a parrot” and “pretty bird”.

Merlin is also a Green Cheek Amazon.
I bought Merlin 3 weeks ago today at a bird fair from a breeder. He is less than 1 year old about 8 months old ATM. Because he is so new to the family and so young there is not much to say about him yet. His wings were clipped buy the breeder so he can’t fly. He has not talked yet but he is imitating some of Luna’s noises already.

That’s it for the introduction.
My next post will include some pictures and an update on how Luna & Merlin are getting along.
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:17 PM
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Re: The Amazonian Times

Life with Three Amazons! Now this is going to be fun!
Looking forward to the trip. Hmmm, going to need popcorn and Rum.
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Yes will be fun to read,! Of Co pictures are worth a thousand words!
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It just hit me..three Amazons,the Amigo's and their parents/siblings..then there is Ms Bella..Holy #%^& Wes! I'd love to be a fly on the wall at your place on a Sunday morning LOL.
All I can say is...AWESOME!



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Old 11-03-2018, 09:33 PM
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Bingo has been going through a fairly major molt.
He has been losing some tail feathers, flight feathers and medium feathers that I don’t know exactly where they came from.
Guess he is getting ready for the breeding season (poor guy).

He had his beak out of joint from me bringing home Merlin. He would not come step up and come out of his cage for me for a little over a week.
Every morning I would try to coax him out to sit with me but he would give me this look. It’s a little bit like “you got to be kidding” and “forget about it”.

All is forgiven now and he is back to his cuddly self (until the hormones kick in later next month). I snapped this selfie a few days ago. He looks a bit scruffy cuz of his molt (unfortunately I don’t have that excuse for looking scruffy).
Bingo snuggeling 11-1-18 by wes mcfaden, on Flickr
Luna & Merlin.
I really thought Luna would take to another GCA like a duck to water
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She is not so crazy about the company just yet. They are in separate cages but I let them out at the same time so they can have some (closely supervised interaction).
Merlin wants to get closer but is I think nervous about the reaction he’s been getting from Luna. The fact that Merlin can’t fly due to clipped wings puts him at a disadvantage and he knows it.

When they are out together, I have noticed there is a lot of shake/fluffing up of both birds. I am not sure what this is for. Is it for intimidation? Is it showing off? IDK. They both do it at about the same time. There is also a certain amount of wing lifting, stretching their wings in the vertical direction.

One other thing I did not count on or realize. Luna has become somewhat bonded to me. It did not show in ways that I would have expected. She won’t let me touch her. She wont step up to my hand (unless she is in a location she can’t easily get out of).
Luna does call to me. It’s a bit hard to describe or explain. She makes a clear and loud wolf whistle that I return and it’s in some way different than a normal whistle. I always try to return the call wherever I am in the house.

There has been one side benefit from having Merlin in the house. Bingo is now free to play with his toys without having Luna scream at him making him stop what he is doing.
Luna is on the left and Merlin in on right.
20181028_074137 by wes mcfaden, on Flickr
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It just hit me..three Amazons,the Amigo's and their parents/siblings..then there is Ms Bella..Holy #%^& Wes! I'd love to be a fly on the wall at your place on a Sunday morning LOL.
All I can say is...AWESOME!



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It can be noisy that's fer sure. Even at a quiet time if I start talking on the phone....it really get them worked up.

I have come up with a title for a Cockatiel thread but there is not much to say most of the time.

Bella is worth a bunch of threads. She is just so funny and smart. It's a rare week she doesn't come out with some new thing to say.
"Bella, don't be so Bingo"
"what's going on?"
and I think she said "red butt S**t"
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Great photo's of all three 'zons Wes..sounds like Ms Bella is doing what Greys do best...being cute




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Old 11-21-2018, 02:30 PM
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Second edition

I have decided that the Amazonian Times won’t be exclusively about my Amazons and should include my other Fids as well. So, I will start out with Bella my CAG.

It’s just about her 2nd anniversary of her adoption/rescue. I got her near the end of November 2 years ago.

She may be going into a hormonal phase or possibly entering puberty (as I don’t know for sure her age). Bella has been highly interested in the kitchen cupboard. When I go in to fix coffee and open the cupboard she is peering in and trying to climb down my arm wanting to climb in. From what I have read this is typical behavior for them when they are looking for a nesting location.

I have been trying to get some of the stuff she says on video but have had limited success. One of the funniest things she does is “leave messages” for the answering machine. What she does is mumble a bunch of gibberish with the occasional word here and there and then end with the “beep” of the answering machine. I did however get a recording of her imitation of a soda can being opened.


I also got a cute photo of her one day when I was eating a few Tootsie Rolls. She flew down to me (something she does very rarely) picked up a Tootsie Roll and went to town with it.

She did not eat any of it (or I would have taken it away without stopping for a photo) but tore it apart in bite size pieces (what a mess).

the tootsie roll by wes mcfaden, on Flickr

Bingo.

One main thing of note about Bingo.
His sinus issue is coming back. Last year in winter I noticed a nasal discharge of clear fluid. His breathing sounded like it had bubbles in it (best way I can describe it). I took him to the CAV 2/3 times about this but nothing was resolved and the medication given had little to no effect on the symptoms.
I have not seen any nasal discharge so far but I have been hearing the same noise when he breaths.
Because this is the second year in a row it has happened, I doubt it is an infection. The biggest change (aside from temperature) in the winter is that I have forced air heating and it dry’s the air out. I live in the high desert so the air is dry to begin with.

I am considering buying a large economy sized humidifier for the house in the hope this will help. I bought a small ultrasonic humidifier (at a pharmacy) but it’s not meant to be used in a large room so it was too little/too late so to speak.

This is ending up a rather long post so will stop here….. and leave you all hanging for an update (with pictures) of Luna & Merlin and how things are going with them.

As all professional authors say always leave them wanting more.
Texsize/Wes.
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Wes, my house has a humidifier that puts water directly into the heat (my place also has forced hot air/oil fired furnace) and the water line for the humidifier runs off of my electric hot water heater. When it WAS working properly (problem with the float now,it'll over fill and leak) it made a big difference and also kept the dust down.


Ms Bella looks stunning. you'd never know she was such a plucker.

And the three zon's are doing pretty good! Well done Wes,well done!




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We have a forced air heating system with a digital humidity control unit, which seems to keep the humidity in a tighter range. For the cottage, I purchased a large portable unit that has a capacity near three gallons, which depending on weather can last up to a couple of weeks with it set near 40 percent on the unit and stable on the Weather Station at 44 percent.

The prior home had no humidity system other than cooking and bathing. This home and the cottage system has greatly reduced sinus issue with everyone including the end of dry skin issues. I have become a huge believer in having all of us in a home with a reasonable amount of humidity.
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