My new Amazon... Help :)

lovecoco

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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the forum and I have a new Red Crowned Amazon. I adopted her and I know nothing about her history. All i know is that she's a juvenile and that she was found and brought to a shelter. I adopted her from the shelter and so far, it's been a week and I feel we've come a long way. She lets me bring her out of the cage (she steps up) without biting about 70% of the time and she lets me pet her, but not so much on her head, just open palm from head to tail. She let me pet her head once and was falling asleep but then she didn't want it :) I feel we have made progress, she even waits by the cage door for me to open it and steps up. I know it's baby steps and I'm not pushing her and I read her body language, but today I feel she doesn't like me as much as yesterday or previous days :) I've read all birds can be moody at times and I get it, but any tips would totally help. :green1::green1:



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Weezerj

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OK, I am absoutly not an expert here...having been a paront for a total of about 1 1/2 months now.

But I can tell you that I have been going thru the same type situation. While there are days that my Loki takes 3 steps forward, there are days when he takes 2 back. In the end, its still seems to be progress, its just not easy or quick....

I am sure there are more seasoned paronts that will chime in.....just wanted to give you my experience.
 

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Don't make yourself too available, play a little "harder" to get. When you pet him, stop before he's had enough. If he acts like he doesn't want to step up, or says"no" with his actions,, turn your back and don't ask again. Make him feel like he has missed his big chance. Be the leader, call the shots. they all will respect a strong, confident and outgoing leader. be consistent and use rewards but don't let the bird dictate the terms of your relationship.Amazons , macaws, conures, most old world birds, will test to see if the strongest, smartest, "big bird" is leading the flock. They don't have a problem with a strong leader but will try and fill that void if there isn't. Try these few tips and you'll see a world of difference in your zon. Of course, socialize ,socialize, socialize.
 
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labell

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That is a very young bird I would say less than a year. Begin working on step up and step down drills and don't be afraid of her. She is a baby and looking at you to teach her how to behave.:)
 

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That is a very young bird I would say less than a year. Begin working on step up and step down drills and don't be afraid of her. She is a baby and looking at you to teach her how to behave.:)

I love those baby zon eyes.
 
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lovecoco

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Thanks everyone so much for responding. I will try all the tips, and yes, I absolutely love her eyes. One more question, she ate some fruit I gave her the first day and I've given her stuff to try everyday and she just isn't into it. She does eat her pellets just fine, any tips? I've tried eating some in front of her and offering. I've also made sounds and told her how yummy it is :):30:
 

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Thanks everyone so much for responding. I will try all the tips, and yes, I absolutely love her eyes. One more question, she ate some fruit I gave her the first day and I've given her stuff to try everyday and she just isn't into it. She does eat her pellets just fine, any tips? I've tried eating some in front of her and offering. I've also made sounds and told her how yummy it is :):30:

Try pureeing the fruit/veg and spoon feed it until she gets used to the flavor, then move onto bigger pieces. Just like a human baby:) Honestly, many of the techniques one would use to raise a child can be slightly tweaked and applied to parrots. They are basically toddlers with wings.
 
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lovecoco

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Great! Thanks, will try that. We had a better evening and she is so cute. We will see how tomorrow goes.:green1::)
 

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