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Question Would Like Some Training Tips

I have an Orange Winged amazon, he is probably about 15 or so years old now, we got him when he was about a year old and I was probably 5 or six. I'm 19 now, and the bird (from here on out Jeebie ) absolutely adores me. It's like he's been in love with me for years.

Anyway, I'm pretty much the only person who can touch him (he loves scritches) and he always mutters if im talking to someone by his cage. We originally bought him as my moms bird, but he absolutely can not stand her, and she did nothing but love him. He goes after her if she gets too close to the cage, and will only let her change his water, if shes quick about it. He is sort of hand tame (like i said, he likes scritches) but he wont step up no matter how much coaxing i do, and he freaks out if i touch his back (the person who raised him handled him with a glove on at all times, terrible) and so I've decided to go about training him to step up and maybe be a little nicer to my mom and to maybe get a little bit more used to my hand other places besides his head.

Sorry for the long post, but to make a long story short, any tips on training an old boy set in his ways? I'm a firm believer that old birds CAN learn new tricks!
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The best way would be is to target train your bird first, once he is trained then you could target him to step onto your hand, here's a video to show you how to do it Building Trust With Your Bird - YouTube

Another way is to use his favourite treat or toy and coax him onto you hand. What I did with one of my hand scared conures is I put her favourite conure friend on my finger and then she too hops onto my hand because she follows her favourite friend everywhere.

For your mom to closer to the amazon maybe she could try and use some sort of treat to feed him and persuade him to be her friend, try that.

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Amazons don't like to have their bodies touched, usually. They are not cuddly birds although they can be VERY affectionate (kisses, preening your hair, etc). Aside from that, touching a bird's back is a no-no as it's an erogenous zone.

Target training is good but, for it to work, you can't free-feed seeds because that's what you need to use as a treat. Mind you, not that you should ever free-feed amazons the protein food (pellets, nuts, seed) because, if you do, the bird will end up with high uric acid and fatty liver. My zons would do anything for a peanut (I get the unsalted, roasted human grade ones in the shell, open them, and split each in half). Zons are food motivated birds so that's what you need to use to train.

Let him out of his cage (put a perch outside the cage so he can use it if he wants or, if he prefers to climb to the top, instead, it's fine, too) and once he is comfortably perching somewhere, show him the treat and putting your right (or left if you are a lefty) hand in front of him, give him the command while you hold the treat in your other hand, just on the other 'side' of the hand where you want him to perch, close but far enough that he would have to step onto your hand if he wants to reach it and, when he does, praise, praise, praise.
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I don't have an amazon or amazon experience (unless you count my very amazon-like parrotlet... Lol) so cannot offer any help. Just wanted to welcome you to the forum... Where us bird brained people like to flock!
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Target training was what i had in mind, I just figured id try to get some tips and tricks from experienced people first haha. Also I got some nutri berries for my parrotlet (i just got her) and i fed one to my Amazon and he really liked it, then i gave him another one and he really liked it. So i might use that or small pieces of crackers (he loves crackers).

My babies : Lotus, , and Subi and an Amazon named Jeebie.
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Although pretty poorly written, have a look at my blog posts in my signature. I trained my orange winged Amazon parrot from scratch and he became an Amazing well rounded bird. Target training works a charm and if your mom wants to be friends with him then she could try doing it with him too

- Alexandrine parakeets Holly, George, Koda & - Crimson rosella Kasumi Orange winged Amazon parrot Paulie
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I think your blog had some really good points, bookmarked for future reference.

My babies : Lotus, , and Subi and an Amazon named Jeebie.
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Thank you! Hope it helps


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Welcome to the form. Some great books on the subject are The parrot problem solver (
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Thanks for the suggestion! I'll have to look into it (also its for a kindle which is totally great!)

My babies : Lotus, , and Subi and an Amazon named Jeebie.
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