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    :blink: Whoops!!!!Forgot about "GSF", we use "Organic Apple Cider Vinegar" We wash all veggie, rinse bowls and bird plates, wipe cage etc, and put 2 drops per water dish, or you can use "GSF":side: Jay and Maggie

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    Merry Xmas........:lol:

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    Merry x-mas! B)



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    Re:Amazon parrot feathers turning black

    Merry Christmas everyone!
    The natural function of the wing is to soar upwards and carry that which is heavy up to the place where dwells the race of gods. More than any other thing that pertains to the body it partakes of the nature of the divine.
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    A note on amazons diet, there prone to "Fatty Liver and Fatty Tumors" problems through out there life. They're weight and fat intake has to be monitored, they will eat so much they can no longer fly!![Salsa's on a low fat diet] Nut's and high fat food are the culprits.A
    easy way to tell if your amazon is to fat is to look at there breast area, if there is what looks like a lot of cleavage,it could be over weight...:woohoo:

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    Good reminder! Thanks for the info.



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    Renate, Talon and all the rest of you, Where's your pictures?
    Hello, I thought I might mention a trait that Amazons are famous for "BAD ATTITUDE" [LOL] during mating season. All of us with youngsters don't have to worry for a while, they don't mature until sometime around 5 years to 12 years old. Some Amazons, especially males, become very hostile and territorial at this time. It's very important that we perch-train our birds so that if they become aggressive toward us during this stressful time, we have a way of safely handling them so we can clean and change their cages. Some owners leave the birds in their cages during this period. Please remember, if your bird is of this demeanor, it is NOT your fault. Be patient with them, they will be your little sweetheart again when season is over.
    Remember the Golden Rules:
    * Limit daylight hours to around 10 hours.
    * No soft foods.
    * Cut down on high-protein foods.
    * Normal bathing with no increased or extra bathing or misting at this time.
    * Limit touching to head and neck only.
    * No hiding places that they might mistake for a nest.
    Not all Amazons have this attitude and if they do, there may be varying degrees. Just bear with them, this too shall pass. As opposed to our Greys, you use verbal firmness in a direct approach and eye contact when correcting your Amazon and to set their limits. NO is a common word to use when working with your Amazon.
    When Salsa gets too loud, Joey says curtly, "Salsa, BAD!" Lol hmy:
    Renate, a karma for starting this post.....

    Post edited by: Jayd, at: 2009/12/27 02:26<br><br>Post edited by: Jayd, at: 2009/12/27 02:40

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    Re:Amazon parrot feathers turning black

    Hello Sunybird,

    Most likely you have a normal situation that occurs with all baby parrots, not just amazons.

    When the feathers are growing so are the bones and the rest of the body so the integrity of the feathers is always poor on baby parrots.

    If you take any baby parrot, especially as he nears the age of the first molt and apply some water to the feathers you will see that they soak up quite a bit of moisture compared to an adult of the same species. You need to compare species to species because parrots that are native to different environments have different amount of oil and water proofing.

    On parrots with dark feathers it is much easier to see the poor quality. The surface of the feathers begin to wear off and if you look closely you will probably see little chips missing from the ends of the feathers. Tails on almost all babies show significant wear and tear. Part of the wear is due to the babies being hard on the feathers as they learn to move around and fly. Birds with clipped wings will look the worst because they crash land more often and are not able to balance as well.

    If you check the new feathers coming in on the young bird you will see that they will absorb less water. They will also be more vibrant and longer. A significant amount of the increased length a parrot gets at about one year old is due to the new feathers growing longer because this time the bird is not growing his body at the same time. If you check the molting bird with a black light you will see just how much better quality the new feathers are.
    There is very little you can do the preserve the quality of a babies feathers, so it is not worth trying.

    You should never need to add vitamins to young parrots’ diet if you are feeding a high quality diet to begin with.

    If this situation presents itself after the first molt there is likely a serious problem.

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    Re:Amazon parrot feathers turning black

    WELCOME!!! Both to the "Amazon room" and
    "grey forums". Karma to you and thank you for the informative post, hope there's more to come. Please tell us about your parrots and post some photos, we love them...

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    All this great information about Amazons. I am loving learning about these little clowns. Thanks everyone!

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