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Amazon Aviary Parrot

Discussion in 'Training' started by Imran Ali, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Where's our Kev he has two parent reared aviary amazons. He's done a cracking job with Rio who is very bonded to him and is making stunning progress with his new girl Ruby. Ok so his birds came to him younger I think ..... Kev has amazing amounts of patience and has worked very very hard to build an amazing bond with his flock.
    @KEV H
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  2. RoyJess

    RoyJess Regular Member

    Most of our birds that we acquired wasn't hand tame at first. Some took us a good few months to a year to tame up, others are still a working progress. We took on our birds with the assumption that they may never be tame nor that they may never talk. Not all our birds talk.

    As long as you have the patience and the know how (or the willing to listen, take on board any good advice given and learn) it is possible to tame a bird to a certain degree. Building up a trust between you and a bird can take time.
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  3. KEV H

    KEV H Regular Member

    i think it helps a lot if you have a another bird which is tame and the bird will watch your interactions however if you haven't then you will really have to take it slowly I've had my yellow nape female for 5 weeks never had human contact from avairy parent reared she's now stepping up and doing recall she will do anything for a cashew it was the same when I first got Rio he just watched my interactions with my hand reared grey gizmo and now he's tamer than my grey it's all about how much work and patience you put into it.
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  4. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    trust is the most important thing to build up with any parrot it the same with people I just hope you can prove my thoughts wrong and you do decide to keep this bird ill just keep a watch on this post and just like the posts I agree with
  5. Imran Ali

    Imran Ali Regular Member

    How long did it take for thT?
  6. KEV H

    KEV H Regular Member

    It's took around 6 weeks but that's coz I have other tame birds where's you only have the one bird so it will take a lot longer hope ur patient
  7. CaptainHowdy

    CaptainHowdy Regular Member

    Took 6 months for my first Amazon to settle in and start stepping up etc.
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  8. Roz

    Roz Regular Member

    Ollie was like that when he first arrived, Imran. I used negative reinforcement to approach his cage nearly ALWAYS. You can read about how to go about it here:


    Sitting beside your Amazon is too much for him at the moment just like it was for Ollie. I stayed well away and communicated softly from a distance. I avoided eye contact and moved slowly. Of course I had to clean his cage daily so when I wasn't using negative reinforcement to approach his cage, I would crawl on the floor since birds feel safer higher up. I'd crouch down as low as I could whilst cleaning the papers, no eye contact, no jerky movements and then retreat.

    It took Ollie 1.5 years to decide to come out of his cage. He still won't step up on my hand, but that's ok because I taught him to step up on a hand held perch instead, but usually he flies back to his cage when I slot in the food bowl... or to get a head scratch (and to think I never thought I'd ever be able to touch him!). Ollie is incredibly special to me as I have had to work so hard with him.

    Take it slow, Imran - work on gaining his trust. Do all you can to keep him calm even if it means crawling on the floor! Also I never approached Ollie directly (unless using negative reinforcement) but I would zig zag to his cage as though my intention was to walk or crawl slowly past him.
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  9. Imran Ali

    Imran Ali Regular Member

    Just to keep u guys updated Scooby, is doimg well, i put some food on a stick and it took it, and so i tried putting my hand only and it comes close to my hand pufs his face forward and then goes back.... how long more do u fink it will take to get it off eating my hand. @KEV H
  10. CaptainHowdy

    CaptainHowdy Regular Member

    Scooby is not an 'It' he/she is a living feeling animal.

    As for how long it will.take
    No one can tell you that. Each bird is different and each bird has a different personality. It might take weeks. It might takes months. Or it might be that Scooby never he comes the tame talking pet you want and much prefers his own company.
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  11. RoyJess

    RoyJess Regular Member

    @Imran Ali At this moment in time, I wouldn't worry about getting your Amazon to feed from your hand. I would go about your day to day business around him and try not to make too much of a fuss with him. He needs to get to know you and learn that you are not a threat. Avoiding direct eye contact will go a long way to building up trust with your bird. I would get into a routine of training him on a daily basis, maximum of 5 minutes each time, but less than a minute to start with, building up your time over time. I would first start off utilising changing the water and feed bowls daily as part of your training. I usually just change these every day (morning) and placing fresh bowl of fruit into the cage. And again for removing the fruit later on in the day each time ignoring the bird. Once you can do that routinely daily the bird accepting you changing the bowls without reacting, I would then delay the time I would leave your hands in the cage when it comes to changing the bowls. Also each time you can move your hand a tad closer to the bird with each time. Watch the bird body language and if your bird shows any signs of backing off. Then stop and move away. I using this process with our lovebirds which we have acquired for a good few months now. They don't take any food out of my hands and I can move my hands withing a few centimetre of their feet, but I've still not manage to get any closer yet. It can be a very slow process. When your bird is ready, your bird will show signs and come towards you, or bow their head for a rub. Remember it will always be on the birds terms not yours and break down you training into little baby steps. Don't move onto the next stage until the bird is showing signs or that they are comfortable with your current training. Be patience, you barely had the bird for a week. If your bird is accepting food from the end of the stick, then carry on with that. Don't try and get the bird to feed out of your hand just yet. After a week, I would then shorten the stick slightly and see if your bird is still happy to take the food. Then give it another week and then shorten the stick again, so each week, your hand is getting a tad closer to the bird. I hope all makes sense.
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  12. RoyJess

    RoyJess Regular Member

    I forgot to ask, when your bird takes the food from the stick,

    A - dose your bird eat it?
    B- dose your bird chuck the food straight onto the ground?

    If it's A, then your bird is happy to take the food from you
    If it's B, then your bird is telling you that he/she is not happy taking the food from you
  13. Imran Ali

    Imran Ali Regular Member

    Yes he does eat it
  14. Imran Ali

    Imran Ali Regular Member

    Scooby is getting used to the family within 2 weeks, Scooby sits on the hand, and sometime fly on ur hand.
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  15. RoyJess

    RoyJess Regular Member

    That's brilliant, be patience and big rewards will come when ready :thumbsup:
  16. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    That is good to hear.
  17. Imran Ali

    Imran Ali Regular Member

    Just wondering what age do amazon parrot start talking
  18. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    I don't believe it is related to age. It depends on the bird and the interactions the breeder and you have owner have with the bird...and some birds don't vocalise as what we recognise as talking, some may just do their native calls and sounds, others might whistle rather than talk.

    My Amazon happens to be quite a talker, but as a chick he was in a room with a lot of other birds and his cage was right next to a very talkative Cockatoo and a mealy Amazon.

    They usually pick up phrases that they hear quite a lot, so hello, their name, etc. But there's no guarantee that a parrot will talk.
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  19. CaptainHowdy

    CaptainHowdy Regular Member

    I have 3 Amazon's. Only one talks and he's the baby who was handreared and in a pet shop for the first year of his life so he says all sorts.

    Not every bird with talk it's all down to the individual.
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  20. RoyJess

    RoyJess Regular Member

    Parrots don't really talk. They just mimic sounds (including words).

    Less than half of our birds talk. We love all of our birds the same whether they talk or not. To us it's not important if they talk or not and we never ever expect them to talk.
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