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    Amazon Parrot CareSheet

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    Amazon Parrot CareSheet

    Post by Metal Maniac on Fri 03 Apr 2009, 15:11

    Amazon Parrot CareSheet

    The Amazon Parrot is a bright beautiful bird that is highly social. The parrot will require a great deal of attention and social interaction. He will also require a great deal of stimulation from toys. Without the mental stimuli of social interaction and toys he will become a parrot with behavioral problems. People who are willing to devote a considerable amount of time to their parrots will have a delightful companion pet for many decades. The Amazon parrot can live to be 30 to 50 years old. Some Amazon parrots have lived as long as 80 years.


    The Amazon parrot is the most trainable of all parrots. The parrot is highly intelligent. They have the capacity to learn a large vocabulary of words. I’ve had Amazons that spend hours mumbling to themselves and then all of a sudden blurt out a whole new phrase. The parrot loves to learn new tricks and well be glad to show the tricks off to you.



    The downside to the Amazon parrot is that they can be very noisy. They can also be very destructive. They will chew up wood furniture, moldings and any thing else they want to chew up.



    Picking up your bird

    Most important before you even worry about the health of the bird is make sure it is a banded bird. Most captive-bred birds are closed banded. It is a bracelet steel or aluminum band, with a letter and a number code stamped on it. It is worn on the leg and soldered shut so it cannot be removed. If it is not banded it could be an illegal, smuggled bird.


    Before you buy and bring home your bird, have him tested by an avian veterinarian. These tests should include a complete blood count (CBC), Chlamydia screen and a culture of the throat and vent. Make sure a signed vet certificate accompanies the bird. Make sure he looks healthy, with bright and healthy feathers, not ruffled up, or puffed up. Check his vent and his droppings.


    It is usually wise to choose a bird that has been weaned and is eating on this own. Some of us have been taught to hand feed, but unless you’re experienced, this could lead to torn or burned crops, infections and other problems.



    Housing

    Some cages are a danger to your bird. The bars are improperly spaced. You will find screws and other tiny parts the bird will work loose and it can kill him. Birds chew constantly. They will chew at the bars. The paint must be non-toxic. Birds are notorious for opening birdcage latches. The latch must be of a good design and secure. Keeping a cage clean and sanitized is a very important issue. Some cages are impossible to keep clean, even harder yet to sanitize. The cage must be the proper size for the bird. The larger the better. I won’t buy a cage unless it has a playpen on top. Cages are fine when you’re not around to watch the bird. But birds need their freedom. They love the playpens on top of the cage and will spend most of their time on it. Rectangular and square cages are much better than a round cage. The parrot needs perches of various thicknesses for healthy foot development. Cages need to be secure and big.



    Diet & Health Issues

    The basic diet should be a special pellet or commercial Amazon food formulated especially for Amazons. These commercial foods should be supplemented with any healthy food that you eat. They can have fruit, pasta, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cooked beans, hot peppers, and bell peppers. The parrot can eat anything healthy that you eat. Fruit is their favorite treat. They should be provided with a cuttlebone and a mineral block.


    Keeping an Amazon healthy is a complex issue. Toenails need to be trimmed. The wing feathers need to be trimmed so he doesn't escape. You could accidentally cut a blood feather and the bird can bleed out very quickly. The parrot should have a yearly check up with an avian veterinarian


    Sleep deprivation can lead to serious behavioral and health problems. A parrot should have 12 hours of darkness every day year around. If his cage is in a room with others, cover his cage with a cage cover.



    Play

    Amazon parrots are intelligent and complex. The need for toys is immense. Boredom is unhealthy for a parrot and can be fatal. Puzzle toys made for the destructive parrot are great. There are some great interactive toys where a nut needs to be extracted. Chew toys are needed for these chew happy birds. Get untreated blocks of wood at the lumberyard. Color them bright with the sugar variety of Kool-Aid, minus the sugar. They love ropes to swing on. Anything new and different that is safe for a parrot. Anything that will confound them for a little while, because it doesn't take long for them to figure out each new game or puzzle. They love to interact with you.


    Amazon parrots must have a great deal of specialized attention. It is not a good pet for someone that cannot devote his or her entire life to him or her. They are very different from other pets, and each parrot is different from another parrot. Each one is unique!


    Never have I enjoyed a pet more than I have enjoyed my Amazon parrot. Amazon parrots can live for many decades. Make sure you give this considerable thought and plan in advance if anything should happen to you. If you and your significant other have chosen not to have children because you don't have time, you don't have the time to spend with a parrot either. They are very noisy. They are destructive! If you must have an Italian leather couch, you are not the type of person that should have a parrot.

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