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Last Post 21-05-2013 12:50 PM by  Scott
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19-05-2013 4:34 AM

    Good Morning 


    Due to the unique way my estranged Wife knows everything, after only two weeks, she has discovered that Maxamillion Parrotus (AKA The Blue Max), Blue Fronted Amazon, is a lot of work and great drain on her free time.

    Max has now taken up residence with me in my small ground floor flat. I knew this would happen sooner or later, i just did not expect it yet. Max does know me and we are bonding and he will see Edward, my Son and heir, three or four days a week, so there is a little continuity.

    If i could borrow some of the knowledge you good people have ammased, i have a couple of questions?

    1. Are all air fresheners bad

    2. I suffer when it is only a little bit warm (Been diagnosed with not being well, indeed a bit knackered) is a fan ok to use? it has a full guard and will not be pointed towards Max.

    3.  Max does not like fingers. i am gentle and patient, but when he bites i tell him off - stern voice, no shouting - is it right to tell him off and argue with him?

    4. Are Parrots at his age (10 Months ish) generally potty? this daft bugger sticks a big nut in his beak when he is upside down and tries to climb using his beak. This causes him to fall off his perch.

    He doesn't hurt himself but he just comes over a bit daft.Maybe he's a bit Cuckoo

     

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    19-05-2013 6:30 AM

    Hi Scott,

    well done on taking him in

    yes no airfresheners at all, no scentic candles, no sprays around the bird

    i never use a fan so not sure, the only thing that came straight to my mind is "would he hurt himself trying to land on fan "

    yes when he does something you dont want him to do say same word like NO in a firm voice and put him back on top of cage, perch , stand whatever you use-so he learns you dont want him when he does that xxx

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    19-05-2013 7:17 AM
    Think of Max as a naughty toddler and you won't go too far wrong. A telling off when appropriate, the naughty step, or time out, when appropriate and keeping them from damaging themselves, try as they might are all part of the job. Personally I work on putting them on the floor or away from me when naughty, but whatever works for you.

    Many birds don't like fingers or hands, so don't worry that's not unusual.
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    19-05-2013 8:37 AM
    We use a fan during the hot summer months as Pete can't tolerate hot stagnant air either. The boys don't mind it unless it points directly at them (as it disorganises that perfect plumage that has taken so long to get just right!) You do need to make sure that moving parts are not able to catch toes/beaks on and cables aren't left as a chewing toy though. Also, having a fan on is safer than leaving windows open when you have a fully flighted bird around (Max is too young to have been wing clipped yet). You and your son need to be very aware of doors and windows, firstly that you check where Max is before opening/closing them (some birds like to sit on top of doors) and also to prevent unwanted escapes.

    Air fresheners are bad, as are teflon-coated heated substances (including non-stick cookware, irons, hair-dryers and the like).

    Beware of plants that you have and check they are parrot friendly.

    The finger thing may persist or he may learn to trust you, don't push it, but do tell him off when he's naughty. (Remember parrots can become excited if you raise your voice, so a firm but calm 'No' is best.

    And some parrots are potty and remain that way. Joey is 13 and used to always try to eat his toast hanging upside down from the side of his cage. He learnt that wasn't good when he seriously choked one morning but he still does other very stupid things. You just need to make sure you give him something soft to land on if he's going to drop on his head a lot.

    Most of all, have a first aid kit (including plasters for you) and a good avian vet nearby in case of emergencies. (An approved vets list can be found in the Parrots section above.)

    Happy parrot ownership, you and Max can learn the fun of living with each other And there's always advice available on here.
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    19-05-2013 12:16 PM
    I have one of the new Dyson fans with no moving parts no danger to the birds but it was expensive but safe.
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    20-05-2013 5:09 AM
    Present a closed fist instead of an open hand, it might help. I know it's easy to say, but try not to react AT ALL if Max nips/bites. Parrots have a great sense of humour, and find it funny if you shout or go 'ouch' or similar. Ignore it, walk away, go outside and scream as loud as you like, but make sure he can't hear you or see you. You will win. Eventually. Most Ammies love their fruit or special treats. Bribery is a wonderful invention, and you can bribe a bird to step up, even if it takes time. Enjoy him. Have fun, and yes, have the plasters handy!
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    21-05-2013 2:16 AM

    Thanks for all the replies and the wealth of help they bring 


    It would appear that the main problem i have is that Max is head over heels for my estranged wife  

    When she comes with my son, i have to get him into his cage to calm down for an hour or two otherwise he is very aggressive with me.

    Making slow progress and it is very early days, but if he doesn't stop biting, he will become a very stuffed ex-parrot   

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    21-05-2013 9:43 AM
    Posted By Rita T on 19-05-2013 12:16 PM
    I have one of the new Dyson fans with no moving parts no danger to the birds but it was expensive but safe.

    saw it advertised on tv looks and sounds brilliant

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    21-05-2013 12:50 PM
    http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/cata...4390423817|tsid:34770|cid:65200817|lid:40092781697|nw:search|crid:17599834217&gclid=CN2Q4engp7cCFSbHtAod1igAag


    Only £280. If i flog the Parrot i can afford one 

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