with most amazons, it is possible that they may become aggressive
and unpredictable when they reach maturity. This period may begin
at about 5 years of age, and may not be totally evident until sometimes
after the age of 12 years. If you choose an amazon as a pet,
it is very important that you maintain dominance and control, and,
teach him acceptable behaviour. A well-trained Blue Front Amazon
can be a very affectionate, loving, and entertaining pet, but as
they mature, it usually must be accepted that they must be confined
during breeding seasons so that they do not seriously hurt anyone.
choosing a cage for your Amazons or any large parrot make sure it
is big enough for the bird to fully extend it's wings without touching
the sides. A cage with a playpen roof is highly recommended
for Amazons as these birds love to sit up top and look around. Amazons
enjoy chewing wood and should have wooden toys or prepared wood
for chewing (only give toys that are designed for parrots). They
also love green branches with leaves, but always wash them and check
the suitability for your parrot. Remember you must do the thinking
for your parrot it will not know if the wood is poisonous to it.
Parrots require a diet with a lot of fresh natural foods. Root vegetables
such as carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes are important additions
to the diet. In the wild parrots do not eat as much seed as we give
them as pets and Amazons especially need the extra vitamins found
in fresh vegetables. By all means give them seed but with plenty
of fresh or defrosted vegetables, fruit is always good too but it
has been found by research that vegetables have more to offer parrots
in their diet.
always to handle a parrot yourself before you buy. By experience
we found that even if you decide on a species that you would like
to buy it isn't always you that chooses the parrot. We have seen
people fall in love with a parrot and we have seen parrots fall
in love with a human, yes sometimes the parrot can choose it's owner!
In any case be sure you are buying the parrot that is "right"
for you and you'll have a devoted loving pet for many long years