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brought our baby Amazon home! I bought (Molly), our Amazon, from a reputable breeder. She had been hand reared well, all health checked, D N A tested, wormed, fully weaned, etc, etc. We had bought her a huge cage, numerous toys, play stands, good quality parrot seed, pellets, fresh vegetables and fruit was in abundance, you name it she had it!! This bird was going to have a fantastic life! I had this idea in my head that Molly would be living amongst the family, out of her cage more than in, joining in with breakfast, dinner and tea, accompanying us on trips, generally conforming to ‘our ways’. It was going to be a piece of cake, after all I did handle the birds in our aviaries years ago, and


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more so, I had brought up 3 children, managed a home, and a husband!!! Owning a baby Amazon parrot would be a breeze, how wrong was I, and how naive of me to think that it would definitely be as easy as that. For some bird owners it is exactly like that, which must be great, but sadly for many others; it is more about what you are just about to read next!!! Prior to bringing Molly home I bought a couple of books on ‘keeping parrots, these books were ok; however the advice was quite conflicting. I was under the notion that when you bring your bird home, if she/he seems willing to come out of its cage after short time, then you should allow it. Maybe this is the case for


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