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Mom is outside talking to Buzz
My husband and I have a CAG who is nearly 2 years. We need to harness train him as a rule for international travel, but I don't know where to start. I should have started him when he was a baby but I didn't and now I'm kicking myself. He doesn't really like hands (only allows scritches on his head and neck), and HATES it when I accidentally touch his wings.
How would I go about training him with a harness at this age? I know this will take a lot of time and patience, but we have to train him for safety sake.
Thanks in advance.
I just got my beautiful African Grey but I am just curious, are his legs fine? He has part where they are just pink…
Hello, a month ago I bought a 7 month old AG I also have a cockatiel. The problem is my AG is very agressive against my cockatiel and I can not have them out of their cages at the same time because I’m afraid he will kill or badly injure my cockatiel. I’m moving in a couple months so I will have them in different rooms so they can be out of their cages at the same time but for now I can’t and my AG is constantly screaming because he want out of his cage when my cockatiel is out, what is the best way to solve the screaming for now? Ignore the screaming? My AG is not agressive against me or any other family member.
I have 2 cockatiels a tortoise and a snake as my pets as well as a family cat I have loved African greys and parrots I am 18 and due to some mental health issue can not attend regular school and am being homeschooled I have a lot of time and love my 2 cockatiels (Jemma and Timothee) I take them out everyday from around 10:30-9:30 they have a little bird playground to go on me and my family have the space and money for one and am wanting a life pet something I can take care of and dedicate time to even after my parents are gone I’ve done research but wanted to check if anyone had personal stories or opinions
I'm between 11-18(don't wanna say my age privacy reasons) And want a Congo African grey my family are supportive and also WANT to help.I have researched with my family,It will be my pet as I'm paying for it,it's toys cage food vet bills ECT. I'm scared it will be depressed if I go uni,so should I get it after uni.
My African Greys main food is pellet that I put in a bowl. The problem is that it does not grab each pellet with the beak but it grabs randomly 2-3 pieces of pellets with its foot and while it eats one of them the rest falls down. So our floor becomes a total mess and it eats about 1/3-1/4 of thegiven quantity. The rest falls down in the cage or on our floor..
I thought to give smaller pellets, so almost there is no waste. But smaller pellets are for smaller birds and I am not sure they are nutrients my parrot needs. I asked Harrison pellets manufacturer and they replied that I can give smaller pellets, but I hesitate...
Any solution? Thank you!
Looking for recommendations on travel cages. Something I can use for travel, emergency evacuation, or going to the vet. I have CAG so looking to fit her comfortably.
I just adopted this 3 year old timneh a little less than a week ago. When I put him in his cage for night night he started doing this . I am so worried. Please someone ease my mind and tell me he is okay😭 what does this mean? He has been out all day and we’ve been hanging out. He is only caged at night. As you can probably tell I am pretty stressed out. He rocked back and forth like this for a good amount of time.
My African Gray is going through toys in the span of an hour or we cover him and the next day it’s gone.
Does anyone have any toys that don’t have big blocks on them (he’s scared of them) that will be more of a challenge for him to use? Or just take a little bit longer to get through?
My african grey used to use a lot of 'human words' - when he lived with myself & my parents, he'd frequently mimick my parents voices and had quite a wide vocabulary. Years later, he now lives with myself & my partner. Though we still speak to him and he seems generally happy and playful, he primarily uses beeps and whistles and imitates background noises rather than our voices.
Strangely, when he is only with me (if I take him in the shower, for example, or my partner is out of the house) he will begin to use more human words. I love him to bits regardless, but I am a bit perplexed by his tendencies and what this might mean. Do your birds ever tend to 'code switch' like this depending on the scenario/people present?
My cocktail sits down when it's tired, doesn't stand on its legs and most birds I know also sit down on theirs butts.
Don't the greys get tired of standing all the time. Is it natural for them to always keep standing.
I ask for smallest so when I go cage shopping online I know what to look for. I found a few online that said reccomended for african Grey's but idk why they just look a bit on the small side. If I can get a reccomendation then I will try to find one a bit bigger to make there is enough room for bird and toys and perches so it isn't too crowded. I won't expect to have one until after a few months so I have plenty of time to get a cage. (I'm not a first time bird owner. I currently own a amazon and have had her for 2 years. I got her from my local pet store after she was surrendered, her owner died so the owners husband brought her in said it was too much because he couldn't look at the bird and not break down. older couple around their 60's)
I'm not too knowledgeable in parrots, but I think I have a theory about the "bad behavior". He repeatedly makes a tongue clicking noise when he hears someone, or someone is around (could be try to engage on some social interaction, or could be aggressive behavior, I still can't figure out exactly), when I got close to the parrot cage, he seemed scared, jumping to the other side of the cage and assuming a "big scary bird" posture, Head down, ruffled feathers,wings kinda circular around his body, trying to look big and intimidating. My boyfriend says that he is pretty "bite happy", but I have a theory about this.
I think he's very badly socialized and fearful/scared of humans (assuming it because the threating posture), so he gets in a flight or fight posture when humans are around (he can't flight too much in the cage so he resorts to bitting). My theory makes sense? Have some way to get him to trust humans and be a calm nice bird? Maybe slowly gaining his trust with some treats?
About other behaviors, have a bit of aggressive play when people are around. Snagging toys and being "possessive".