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if your Amazon is aggressive

2018-01-07 - 6:22 p.m.

Amazon notes...

Amazons are subject to hormonal swings in their "teens" which start earlier than the human teens. They can become very moody, and a few birds can become dangerous during this time. Some birds become so unpredictable their owners don't handle them until the hormonal surge passes, choosing instead to interact by talking, singing, etc. They make visual contact with the bird, have the cage where the bird can see and be involved without touching people, etc. Don't leave him isolated and alone, because you run the risk of plucking, but you can interact in other ways if you need to.

Also it is not always necessary to keep the bird in the cage for the whole season, which can be several weeks or even months if you're unlucky. Here are techniques which will tend to discourage aggressive behavior and reduce the period of time the bird is hormonal.

*Avoid snuggling or too much stroking of a hormonal bird. This stimulates their hormones, esp. if they regard you as their mate. You will be able to touch and pet your bird again, but minimize it during the breeding season. And keep the contact to petting on the head as long as the bird offers the head down.

*Don't carry a hormonal Amazon on your shoulder, instead, I always carry my Amazon on my arm where I can meet his eyes. If he "pins" his eyes, this is a warning sign that should be respected. Return him to a safe place where he can cool down.

*I have found that if I remove the sleep box, Cookie will be less aggressive. This is a shame, because he truly enjoys boxes, but they suggest the nest cavity at this time and encourage more nesting/protecting of territory hormones to kick in. If there is a sleep box, remove it. Instead, cover the entire cage when it's sleep time.

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