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Hey everyone! My name is Amanda (husband Allen & 4 Weenie Dogs - Nathan, Pearl, Grady and Carli && 2 Budgies) and our newest family member is Abigail (Blue Fronted Amazon).
Our first Big bird! She's very sweet & smart and knows a few phrases and tunes already. We've been told she's 2 years old.
Her previous owner said that Abigail didn't like her (or any other females) and bit her and was in love with her husband.
So far (today is day 3 for us) she hasn't shown any "bad" behavior and will go to both sexes of humans. So, we shall see how she is once she gets fully adjusted to living here. Hope to learn a lot and meet some awesome folks here! See ya around!
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Hi and welcome! I have no "big" birds only big in personality...lol hope she remains sweet!
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How do your weenie dogs handle your birds. I have one and she wants to eat my weenie dog.

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The dogs... My 2 boys are the most interested and only Grady would prob try to eat her (he's a rescue & has escaped out the door a couple times and goes after the neighbors chickens and has pulled out a few tail feathers, thank God nothing more!). Nathan likes to chase wild birds, cats, and rabbits but I don't think he would hurt her, just lots of barking like he does when he corners a cat. Carli is too scared (of EVERYTHING.. wind, darkness, any other animals) so she just barks and would yelp if Abigail would move towards her. Pearl is going blind and only get upset when Abigail starts up but she will go sniff the cage and whine until I tell her to go lay down.

I WILL NEVER TRUST THEM OUT TOGETHER! When the dogs go in the crates to eat and chill for a few hours that's when Abigail gets her out of cage play time. It works out well with the scheduling I think.

I also think Abigail is trying to bark now.. she was doing it yesterday and I think she likes getting the dogs excited... they all went to her cage barking and she started climbing circles around the cage. She is NOT scared of them at all. Nathan was sitting on my husbands lap (he's in a wheelchair) and sniffing the cage and Abigail came over and tried to bite him.

Hope this ain't too much against the rules but while on the subject of my dogs here a pic... Nathan in the back, Grady laying in the front, Pearl in the Front and Carli is the black one.
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Hey everyone! My name is Amanda (husband Allen & 4 Weenie Dogs - Nathan, Pearl, Grady and Carli && 2 Budgies) and our newest family member is Abigail (Blue Fronted Amazon).
Our first Big bird! She's very sweet & smart and knows a few phrases and tunes already. We've been told she's 2 years old.
Her previous owner said that Abigail didn't like her (or any other females) and bit her and was in love with her husband.
So far (today is day 3 for us) she hasn't shown any "bad" behavior and will go to both sexes of humans. So, we shall see how she is once she gets fully adjusted to living here. Hope to learn a lot and meet some awesome folks here! See ya around!
She is gorgeous!! She is however an orange winged amazon and not a blue fronted amazon.

My Zon took a good 6 months to really settle in, in that time he was happy to go to men is bribed but now if my dad goes near his cage he goes ballistic with his threat display and does his best to get him through the bars. Would never have him out with my dad in the room. Choosing one gender and one particular human is common in Amazons and trust me if she decides she doesn't like you your going to know about it lol. Full of personality
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Welcome to the forum! She's gorgeous, and your little weenies are adorable As Amelia said, she is actually an orange winged Amazon parrot, not a blue fronted. The powder blue eye mask gives it away Is she DNA sexed? If not, and you have a male, I hope you have some gloves and maybe some chainmail About 5 years old the males hit maturity and become a real bundle of joy

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Previous owner said the vet told her blue fronted.. but ya'll prob know more.. I can't really tell the difference between the 2 on google images. I'm going to get my Vet asap and just get everything double checked (sex too). Not sure if she was DNA sexed. I have no papers to prove anything. :/

She's been doing this flapping when I pet her (as of yesterday) but her wings are still tucked in. Seems she likes it but when I tried to google it they are saying its a bad sign. She also makes this purring sound too while flapping (kinda sounds like a chicken to me). But she never tries to bite though she will try to pull my finger back to her.
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Previous owner said the vet told her blue fronted.. but ya'll prob know more.. I can't really tell the difference between the 2 on google images. I'm going to get my Vet asap and just get everything double checked (sex too). Not sure if she was DNA sexed. I have no papers to prove anything. :/

She's been doing this flapping when I pet her (as of yesterday) but her wings are still tucked in. Seems she likes it but when I tried to google it they are saying its a bad sign. She also makes this purring sound too while flapping (kinda sounds like a chicken to me). But she never tries to bite though she will try to pull my finger back to her.
The Orange Winged Amazon has that orange feathering in the wings and tail.

Blue fronted amazons tend to have a much bluer face, in that the blue is a much deeper richer colour as is the yellow surrounding the face (depending on subspecies and also age), they also have red in their wings not orange and tend to have red and yellow feathering along the top of the shoulder aswell. Unless the vet is an avian specialised (and even then not always) they don't tend to be able to tell the difference very well. Even my avian vet put my orange winged down as blue fronted on his microchip information.

As for the petting in what way are you petting her?
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I didn't mean that as it may look now that I re-read it hours later... the "you prob know better then the vet" comment. I wasn't being a smarty pants! Hope no one took it that way!

As for petting her I just start at the head and go to tail.. kinda like petting a cat... I have a short video of her on my FB but I don't know how to go about getting it on here.
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I finally found a good article explaining the difference between the orange winged - blue fronted and now I can see the difference and I would also say she's a orange winged too! Thanks again for helping me out with my questions!
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No offence taken lol. Things don't tend to translate well over the internet with no body language and vocal tone

As for the petting. What you are doing is stimulating her as a mate would. I would advise you stick only to petting her head or during breeding season your going to have major issues with her behaviour. Amazons are generally quite well known for being a handful especially during breeding season once mature.
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