Birdie noises.

Michael Reynolds

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Do not worry about the call, its a call that young amazons make when they are calling on there parents to feed them, they will grow out of the call as they pick up words and mature. it dose not mean she is hungry but young amazons can be lazy and want feeding for a time after they are on solids,
 
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DizzyBlue

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Its a daunting time and don't worry if you have questions just ask no matter how daft you think it is better to have your mind at rest than not plus when somebody else joins and is in the same situation then you will be able to help them, just relax and enjoy as your little one will have you knocked into shape as a perfect parrot slave in no time :pilot:
 

Natasha

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Do not worry about the call, its a call that young amazons make when they are calling on there parents to feed them, they will grow out of the call as they pick up words and mature.
So its a call that means she wants food? Because she does it all the time even though food is readily available
 

Michael Reynolds

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She is not hungry, but will eat if it is offered and its more for comfort than for need, My Gilbert will do the call if I or its mother gets close although he can feed himself. his mother Lola will sometimes go through the motion of feeding him with out regurgitating feed, although occasionally she will feed him.
 

Michael Reynolds

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her reaction is to grab your finger thinking you will provide her with feed, what I have done is either with a seed or pellet, held it in my fingers and also the side of the beak, and get my fingers shaken as they move there head back and fourth quite fast. I am lucky that Lola trusts me with Gilbert as she can be protective of him with other flock members. they both will sleep with me at night Lola is on the bed post and Gilbert is on the travel cage although they both have freedom of my home
 

Roz

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Absolutely agree with Michael's thoughts. I have haver heard that sound before because I have never had a baby Amazon, but I do think she thinks you are going to feed her when you go to stroke her head, which is why she opens her mouth and leans her head back. I would have thought 3 months was too young to sell an Amazon, but I Googled and that seems to be the selling age. I got Kobe the Pionus at 4 months - I actually asked the breeder to keep him a couple more weeks.

I think Opal is feeling a little insecure as she is extremely young, and perhaps she has regressed a little which can happen when they move to a new home. If you think about it, she has lost everything she knew and felt safe with and is now with a new person/flock, new home, new food and new routine. It must be frightening. I am wondering if feeding her now and again with formula or something mushy might make her feel a little more secure? Kobe regressed and I had to hand feed him sometimes to get him to eat... trouble is I took it too far and even now he will only eat if I am sitting right by him, so if you decide to feed her, just do it for a short time every now and again.

Shes had chop today, and some pellets & still made the noise while shes been eating. Now I've given her a bowl of her tidy mix she isn't really making the noise at all?
This makes me wonder if she was weaned onto seed first rather than pellets? It maybe that seed is the most recognisable to her, although I would still offer her the chop and pellets as she needs to get a taste for them. I just think she might be happier having a little baby formula every now and again. Maybe each night before she goes to bed whilst she settles in. You could ask the breeder what brand of formula she used.

Ollie (Orange-winged Amazon) sometimes does the head action in the video with a different noise. For Ollie it means he's not sure about something/or doesn't want something/or is feeling slightly out of sorts.
 

Natasha

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Absolutely agree with Michael's thoughts. I have haver heard that sound before because I have never had a baby Amazon, but I do think she thinks you are going to feed her when you go to stroke her head, which is why she opens her mouth and leans her head back. I would have thought 3 months was too young to sell an Amazon, but I Googled and that seems to be the selling age. I got Kobe the Pionus at 4 months - I actually asked the breeder to keep him a couple more weeks.

I think Opal is feeling a little insecure as she is extremely young, and perhaps she has regressed a little which can happen when they move to a new home. If you think about it, she has lost everything she knew and felt safe with and is now with a new person/flock, new home, new food and new routine. It must be frightening. I am wondering if feeding her now and again with formula or something mushy might make her feel a little more secure? Kobe regressed and I had to hand feed him sometimes to get him to eat... trouble is I took it too far and even now he will only eat if I am sitting right by him, so if you decide to feed her, just do it for a short time every now and again.


This makes me wonder if she was weaned onto seed first rather than pellets? It maybe that seed is the most recognisable to her, although I would still offer her the chop and pellets as she needs to get a taste for them. I just think she might be happier having a little baby formula every now and again. Maybe each night before she goes to bed whilst she settles in. You could ask the breeder what brand of formula she used.

Ollie (Orange-winged Amazon) sometimes does the head action in the video with a different noise. For Ollie it means he's not sure about something/or doesn't want something/or is feeling slightly out of sorts.
Thank you for your response!! She was weaned onto seeds by the breeder, she had some vegetables there but i introduced her to chop and pellets which she can eat no problem. I will look into the formula thing x
 
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Lauraj

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Oh my gosh she is beautiful!
Can i ask how you are doing your chop or what you are putting in there?

Only reason im asking is i am trying to get my birds onto chop, they love their fruit and veggies but i read so much about chop it confuses me 😂
 

Natasha

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Oh my gosh she is beautiful!
Can i ask how you are doing your chop or what you are putting in there?

Only reason im asking is i am trying to get my birds onto chop, they love their fruit and veggies but i read so much about chop it confuses me 😂
This morning I made her chop with sweet potato, carrots, baby corn, broccoli & sugar snap peas. The chop I had for her yesterday was carrot, kale, red cabbage & peppers x
 

Roz

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Looks like you are doing an excellent job! The chop sounds great! Yes, take it slow - usually with a new parrot it is best to keep the food the same as she has been used to to start with so that there is at least one constant in her life. But you have done a wonderful job getting her to eat chop and pellets too. Don’t go back on that. Just cut the seeds down gradually if that is your intention at a pace she is happy with. It sounds like she still needs seeds at the moment.

Don’t worry about formally training her right now. You are training her anyway with every interaction you have with her. I’d concentrate on making her feel secure for now. A parrot or any animal cannot learn properly until they feel relaxed and secure. Also keep looking out for and noting food that she really likes that you can use it later to reinforce behaviour you want to see more of/formal training. Then offer her these things from your hands so that she gets used to taking them from you. Will she eat pieces of nut? Tree nuts (not peanuts), and in particular walnuts, are especially good because of the omega 3 they contain. Don’t go overboard on nuts though as Amazons can get fat.

Relax and enjoy her. You are doing a great job!
 

Natasha

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Looks like you are doing an excellent job! The chop sounds great! Yes, take it slow - usually with a new parrot it is best to keep the food the same as she has been used to to start with so that there is at least one constant in her life. But you have done a wonderful job getting her to eat chop and pellets too. Don’t go back on that. Just cut the seeds down gradually if that is your intention at a pace she is happy with. It sounds like she still needs seeds at the moment.

Don’t worry about formally training her right now. You are training her anyway with every interaction you have with her. I’d concentrate on making her feel secure for now. A parrot or any animal cannot learn properly until they feel relaxed and secure. Also keep looking out for and noting food that she really likes that you can use it later to reinforce behaviour you want to see more of/formal training. Then offer her these things from your hands so that she gets used to taking them from you. Will she eat pieces of nut? Tree nuts (not peanuts), and in particular walnuts, are especially good because of the omega 3 they contain. Don’t go overboard on nuts though as Amazons can get fat.

Relax and enjoy her. You are doing a great job!
Shes had almonds, pumpkin seeds and macadamia. I feed all those from my hand and she takes pellet from my hand too. Ive gkt scales and im keeping track of her weight as I know amazons have tendencies to get over weight x
 
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