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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.


some birds, but for our parrot it was not the right thing for us to do. It all seemed so simple, take the baby Amazon out of its cage, sit on the floor with the family members(preferably in a circle), and gently pass the parrot from one person to the next, talking calmly etc, etc, after all baby Amazons DO NOT BITE!!!!!! So after a few attempts of getting the bird ‘to step up’ she came out with us that is where the trouble began. Molly was not happy to be passed from person to person, but rather she wanted to fly around the room, land on my shoulder, and attempt to bite anyone who came close to touching her. When I attempted to get her on my hand I would receive a very hard bite, she certainly wasn’t beaking, or steadying her balance; these were blood drawing bites!! How could a baby Amazon bite so hard when all we had heard was that they were cuddly, loving birds?? What was wrong with ours, we thought? We had her checked out by a vet but all was well, thankfully. Please let me make this very clear that this behaviour was very unusual at such a young age, I was told that over and over again, but that did not help me in any way. After a few weeks I had no choice but to call the breeder, I was in need of help and advice. I had already bonded with Molly and had no intentions of asking the breeder to have her back. The breeder


had no reason for this behaviour, she had heard from the other people that had bought the two other parrots, (Molly’s brother and sister) and they were absolutely fine, no biting at all. I had to ask myself what we were doing wrong. I felt a failure, so disappointed and very badly bruised!! All I wanted was for us to love her, and to be loved by her. Eventually it got to the point where I dreaded getting Molly out, and yet she was so keen to come out!! I therefore had to put layers of clothes on under my jumper, and sadly even resorted to gloves of which she took no notice!!! I banned the children, and husband from coming into the room where she was out, this wasn’t to protect her, but to protect my family from the hard, blood drawing bites, I also didn’t want to be bitten anymore. As you can imagine this caused a great deal of tension within the family, many times I would be told to get rid of that’ nasty bird‘!!! The situation became so desperate, that I decided to call a well known Parrot expert. We had a long


I dreaded getting Molly out, and yet she was so keen to come out!! I therefore had to put layers of clothes on under my jumper, and sadly even resorted to gloves of which she took no notice!!! I banned the children, and husband from coming into the room where she was out, this wasn’t to protect her, but to protect my family…


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