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Old 09-01-2019, 10:55 AM
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Hello my name is Rebecca. Almost a yr ago I acquired a yellow naped Amazon. His name is Henry and he is about 12 yrs old, one owner who passed away. I read a bit before I accepted him but need help in many areas. I have some issues handling him as he bit me back in November so Iím a bit skittish with him however I have made some progress. He has issues with not sitting on my arm he is constant shouldering and difficult to get back in cage I fear putting my hand up on my shoulder to get him to step up. So much I want to do with him please help,
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Old 09-01-2019, 05:34 PM
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Re: New to parrots/birds

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Hello my name is Rebecca. Almost a yr ago I acquired a yellow naped Amazon. His name is Henry and he is about 12 yrs old, one owner who passed away. I read a bit before I accepted him but need help in many areas. I have some issues handling him as he bit me back in November so Iím a bit skittish with him however I have made some progress. He has issues with not sitting on my arm he is constant shouldering and difficult to get back in cage I fear putting my hand up on my shoulder to get him to step up. So much I want to do with him please help

Welcome to the forum Rebecca and Henry. When you accepted Henry, were you familiar with the previous owner's method of communication with him? It helps a bit knowing some history so that you can continue with some familiar methods of his care and communication. However, you will be creating unique bonds with him yourself as your relationship progresses.


We have a wealth of info on Amazons and a few very knowledgeable members so you will get heaps of assistance from them. I see that you are already in the Amazon section so keep reading....lots of info in the I love amazon sticky...keep reading...also look up bite pressure training and biting. All the best.
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Old 09-01-2019, 05:53 PM
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Re: New to parrots/birds

Sitting on your shoulder should be a privilege not a right.
I understand it can be hard to restrict his movement and keep him from climbing up to your shoulder.

I would recommend walking in to the bathroom (or somewhere else there is a mirror) and look into the mirror when reaching for him. This way you are not blindly groping around with your hand and can read his body language to see how he is reacting to your attempt to pick him up.

If this doesn't work I lean my shoulder against his cage so he can climb onto the cage or cage door and pick him up from there.

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Old 09-01-2019, 09:37 PM
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Re: New to parrots/birds

We warmly welcome you, Rebecca and Henry!
Henry carries twelve years of history, most of the details are beyond easy recognition. However parrots are extremely intelligent and social creatures capable of learning new behaviors.

A few threads to better bond with Henry and guide his progress:
I Love Amazons - An On-Going Journey!
Amazon body language
Tips for Bonding and Building Trust

Good luck, please post your questions and successes as you work more closely with Henry.
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Old 09-02-2019, 06:34 PM
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Re: New to parrots/birds

I'm so glad you're here! Reaching out is the best first step. Stick with us. There is so much great advice and support!

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Most of us swear by our avian vets in the event of health concerns.
Certified Avian Vets
https://abvp.com/animal-owners/find-an-abvp-specialist/
If none are near you...
Avian Veterinarians
http://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803
In my opinion, any of the vets listed here should be better than a regular vet.
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Welcome to you! All excellent advice ^!
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