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Any Amazon Owners?

I rehomed an orange winged amazon this week after her owner passed away suddenly - the 2nd she has outlived poor girl. She is thought to be a little over 10years old and is tame but very shy right now.

Are there any other owners on the forum? I don't know anyone personally who keeps Zons

After general information and tips on what she might enjoy playing with. She is on the same diet as my Galah now, but she is a perch potato compared to him! Spends all day sat on top of the cage with occasional short bursts of flight, usually to try and avoid having to step up

She came with worn out grimy toys, a rope perch frayed to death and bout to snap...

I have done the best I could with what I had at hand. She was an emotional purchase (albeit not competely blind as I was looking into red lorred and mealies before I got my Galah) and has sucked up the last of my funds so I can't go all out just yet. Still....I think it looks better no??
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Her set up is definitely better CaptainHowdy here keeps an OWA called Rocky, I'm sure she can tell you a lot about them. I worked with one for just over a year but she was wild caught and hated just about everything in life. Such a shame I just know that Jasmin will blossom in your care

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Yup I've got a rescued OWA called Rocky. He us approx 6/7 years old.

It took him a long while to settle in but I am his 4th home to my knowledge.

They are coach potatoes most if the time lol. They don't fly much as they prefer to climb everywhere. However once she settles in you might find her pkaying with toys more.

On my iPod at mo just trying to shift some snow lol. If you look back on my threads it might give an idea of what to expect and if you have any questions at all ask away.

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Thank you, I'd love someone to chat to about her

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Thats the same style cage Rocky came in lol.

Toys Rocky loves is anything shreddable, loves swings lol but also foraging puzzle toys that he has to work out, the kebab on cage mount is a huge favourite, I tend to put a mix of nuts in there for him, for his seed mix I take out all but a few sunflower seed as these are used for training, they are also prone to getting obese as they can be very lazy lol so if feeding seeds try and limit sunflowers and keep them for bribes.

Rocky also loves red seedless grapes and will do most things for some lol. Figs are also a huge hit. He will pretty much eat what I offer him if I 'eat' some first. Took a while for him to start bonding with me, at first he would go to anyone but he has chose me as his human and will shun others in favours of my company. Quite normal for Zons to pick a human.

Took Rocky a good 6 months to really start settling in, thats when the fun begins lol. He is such a clown now especially when he gets in the curtains!

For stepping up try using a perch first, Rocky responded very well to clicker and target training.

Thats all I can think of right now lol, just about ready for tea.

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Re: Any Amazon Owners?

So she's really fussy about her food...

Spoke to the wife of her former owner today to find out if they had any of her old mix as she's not approving of pellets and grey mix. Turns out she used to have large parrot tropical (typically I just switched off that as the galahs not into it!) I have offered some fresh food but wasn't getting much success which is why I asked about her old mix.

Apparently even though she prefers the tropical mix it seems as far as regular meals go she shared a plate with her owner (veggis, pasta, chicken etc). I noticed if I offer something she eats but doesn't pay much attention to things just left in bowls. Apparently she is used to eating near people at people's food time...and really thinks she's a baby

Cute as it is...I need to get her eating more on her own. She also refuses to forage and wife confirmed once something is on the floor it's out of sight, out of mind.

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I have a Yellow Crown Amazon named Rocky he is 20 months old he will be 2 in May , he is the love of my life and most definitly spoiled

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So she's really fussy about her food...

Spoke to the wife of her former owner today to find out if they had any of her old mix as she's not approving of pellets and grey mix. Turns out she used to have large parrot tropical (typically I just switched off that as the galahs not into it!) I have offered some fresh food but wasn't getting much success which is why I asked about her old mix.

Apparently even though she prefers the tropical mix it seems as far as regular meals go she shared a plate with her owner (veggis, pasta, chicken etc). I noticed if I offer something she eats but doesn't pay much attention to things just left in bowls. Apparently she is used to eating near people at people's food time...and really thinks she's a baby

Cute as it is...I need to get her eating more on her own. She also refuses to forage and wife confirmed once something is on the floor it's out of sight, out of mind.

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I do Rocky a dish of food everytime I eat, whatever he can have off my plate he gets some off, if others are in the room he stays in his cage but I will offer him some through the bars and then put the rest in his bowl and tell him where it is, as soon as i start to eat he goes down for it.

If no one else is in the room he comes out and has his own dish on the table at his place to eat, he will happily sit and eat out his dish whilst I have mine.

You could try that to begin with?

Also could you have her see the other birds eating as they tend to copy what the flock is doing.
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None of my birds are keen on fresh food as much as I try Best eater I have is Syd but only if it's pasta, egg or apple!

The problem is we don't have set food times and we eat in the other room at the table (mostly due to having very young kids but it's also important to my husband to eat meals together at a table). We have snacks and sometimes the odd take away in the front room where the large birds are. The birds don't go in the back room often as this is the cats area of the house and to be perfectly honest neither me or my husband want pets around the table when we are eating...even the cat isn't allowed on the chairs and certainly NOT on the table! With birds pooping everywhere the last thing we want is poop or parrot feet in the food....especially the kids...they are 2yrs & 4yrs and will try to feed Jasmin with their forks!

The kids get fed when they are hungry (or should be hungry), somewhere around acceptable meal times but rarely the same time 2 days in a row. Me and hubby often skip entire meals.... Especially weekdays if we are home between lectures and the kids are out...we just run off caffeine and biscuits!

It's much better if she learns to eat what I leave in her cage for her. Evenings and weekends she can free roam for hours and does seem to eat from her bowl a whole lot more if I hang it OUTSIDE the cage...but will she eat her fresh food out of a bowl???...ooooh no, not without mummy holding it up to her and making a fuss about sharing... and when she is in the cage while we are both at uni she should really be eating SOMETHING... I know she nibbles, but she doesn't have as much as I'd like...

I had no idea about her eating habits when I got her. The wife of the deceased wasn't exactly available to give me a full run down until several days later. Syd eats inside the cage absolutely fine so I didn't expect it and now I feel torn between what she wants and what she actually needs and is practical... *sigh*

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Breeding Amazons

Hi. We have had two pairs of Amazons, BF and DYH, for seven months and hope they will breed next Spring. We are wondering if we should have them vet checked, though they seem to be fine. Our worry is that if we take them to the vet the trauma of the experience may upset them and throw them off and they will not breed. What do you think?
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Just a note guys, this thread is coming up to being a year old
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Well, I have six of them. 3 males and 3 females.
Males: BFA (Grinch), wild-caught and ex breeder, older than 21
YNA (Pedro), wild-caught never socialized, 30 years old
YNA (Zeus), ex-pet (abused), unaged but appears young so we guess 8 - 10

Females: YCA (Mami), no leg band, unaged but vet says around 50, speaks Spanish and sings (very bad shape, liver and kidney malfunction).
BFA (Naida), sweet girl, 27 or 28 years old
YNA (Precious), BIG talker and a hoot to listen to, 32 years old
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That's a lot of amazons! Holy cow!




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That's a lot of amazons! Holy cow!
Older amazons are given up because of aggression issues (all but Mami were given up because of it - she's just very sick) all the time and not that many people would take in a large, fearless bird that will fly out to bite your face every time he sees you -LOL- But they work out just fine in the birdroom - it takes a while (sometimes over a year) but they all calm down and end up accepting me and not biting once they realize there is no reason for it, they have freedom, a small flock for company, good fresh food, good light, branches to perch and chew and their own personal slave to clean and cook for them and never asks for anything (I wish my life was as easy and carefree as theirs -LOL)
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