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Well I know some members have worked in pet stores and others have experience with a lot of animals in general.
I'm in a situation lol my mother is on the way home with a double yellow headed Amazon parrot. I've been scared of birds my whole life, especially to have them near me and I know she will have it all over the house with her. Does anyone have any advice that would help me feel better about them and maybe a little less nervous. I partially talked her into it (stupid me) but she always wanted one and found a good deal on a young bird so with a little bit of me agreeing with her she went on the 5.5 hour drive to get it lol

I never admitted to be the most brave person ahahah
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Pet parrot

I have two pet cockatiels so I might be able to help, but not sure where to start lol. Why are you nervous?
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Pet parrot

Parrots require constant attention so let it get used to you and you get used to it and soon enough you will have a great bond with it as well as your mother. I think they bond more to one person than the other though. It won't happen overnight. Usually takes a while. Parrots are a HUGE responsibility. Like I said they need constant attention as they are very social and most will get sick without it. Did you and your mother consider the noise? They are loud. Extremely loud. The screaming you hear them doing in the pet store seems twice as loud at home, especially when throwing their tantrums. Diet and nutrition with the addition of vitamins is to be taken very seriously. Do your research on the particular kind you have to see exactly what kind of foods it needs, what vitamin supplements, and also what kind of interaction it needs from you to thrive. And I'm sure your aware of how long they live, so be prepared to probably take it on as your own once your mother goes to a better place( sorry to be so bleak), but you did say it was young. If it is taken care of properly you may want to prepare your children for taken it on once you goto a better place( sorry to be so bleak again). This is just general knowledge I have from knowing people that have owned them for along time and is not my own personal experience, so I'm sure there are wiser people here on the matter who can maybe add some info as well. Good luck, they are fun but a handful.

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LeafsFan replied the topic: Re:Pet parrot

I know they give a good bite so I don't even want to put my hands around it yet lol

My mother did all the research and is all prepared and for noise were all ready and we have 3 poodles so we're quite used to noise. I'm assuming over time I will be less nervous. She is only 15 months old so hopefully being young she will take to me. Right now it's wings aren't clipped yet so until that's done I'm not even being in the same room.
The bird basically has a whole room to its self along with being with my mother the entire day wherever she is in the house. It will get tons of attention here. And we're all prepared to keep it safe here in our zoo lol
3 dogs, 4 cats, a Rabbit, and my Oscar tank lol

I know birds are known to nip but do they ever completely come out of it? The guy that had her said she has never bitten anyone but that's easy to tell someone you don't know and lives 5.5 hours away. Maybe I'm just stressing about it too much and just have to wait and see over the next few days ahahah
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Re:Pet parrot

I used to frequent a parrot forum a long time ago, and from what I can recall those Yellow-Headed Amazon parrots are one of the more difficult species to keep. Very intelligent, but very moody and live a very, very long time - quite equivalent to an African Grey, if I recall right.

Jmunroe's pretty spot on though. All of that is highly applicable even to smaller parrots like cockatiels. Generally, the larger the parrot gets the more everything gets scaled up. I wish you and your mother all the best of luck, because even now there's no way I'd feel confident enough to take on a Yellow-Headed Amazon.

I'm personally highly against wing-clipping, but that's a rant for another day. Be warned though, if you do clip its wings then you take away the 'flight' reflex, and all that's left is the 'fight' one. A bird that can fly away from something that it doesn't like will (generally) be a hell of a lot less aggressive to its owners than one that can't fly. When my cockatiel has a hissy fit (which happens regularly) when he's out and about he'll usually just give a quick nip and fly onto his cage and start praising himself. However, when he had a really heavy moult and lost his flight feathers (so couldn't fly for a few weeks) instead of a quick nip he turned into a small yellow demon and proceeded to turn my finger into mince meat (well, that might be hyperbole.. he was still a little s*** though).

There's no such thing as a bird that doesn't bite, but if socialised well the worst a parrot will generally do is give a quick 'p*** off!' nip if you do something it doesn't appreciate. Doesn't hurt much. Clipping wings increases the risk of nasty bites though

The other thing I'd suggest would be to treat the bird a bit like you would a dog, in some ways. In other words - training. Recall flight is really easy to teach (if the bird's already tamed), and my cockatiel is toilet trained. Parrots are ridiculously intelligent pets to have. In a lot of ways keeping them is like keeping a small (3 - 5 y/o) child, except the child is small and can fly. Great pets to keep though but incredibly high maintenance. As much as I love my two I don't think I will be getting any more parrots in the future.
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Pet parrot

I had a quacker parrot when I was a kid.... one of the coolest, loudest, dietiest pets I ever had
Would scream every four letter word in the book ! Nasty too would bite like hell. Fun pet though
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I was thinking the same thing about clipping the wings. I look at it the same as being able to walk for a while then taking that away it would be an adjustment and for a parrot they wouldn't comprehend whats happening the same as a human. Moms all prepared for the work and thought about it for a while. It's been home for about a half hour now and she does have a good temperament very calm and tame so hopefully she stays that way. We had cockatiels years ago my mother got along real good with them so now she stepped it up a notch lol Im confident the bird will do good here a house full of animal lovers, we will do everything to keep her happy and healthy.
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Cool congrats
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