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not stepping up anymore
« on: August 24, 2016, 07:04:23 PM »

Hi everyone, i am a newbie to A/G , we had our A/G ON Friday 19th Aughst 2016 so just had him over 5 days, he is 6 years old.. the first 3 days he was stepping up on hand and i was scratching his head, but the past 2 days he dont want to step up, he is dancing from side to side on his perch and has his feathers sticking out with his wings held out, so to me i think he showing signs of fight, so i have left him be for now, he is taking food from my hands and he is talking, eating drinking...

i just sit on my seat next to his cage with his door open and i talk to him, saying things like, come on sheldon dont be sill, whats wrong, come to daddy etc, can i please ask what i should be doing now to get him back on my hand and how do i go about it, thank you
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Re: not stepping up anymore
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2016, 09:18:47 PM »

Hi :)
Can I ask does he step onto anyone's hand ?
Or is there just you at home?
They are known to be one person birds so he may of chosen your partner of that's he case
Or he could just be testing the boundaries
Just keep goin as you are
Patience really is key x


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Re: not stepping up anymore
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2016, 09:26:31 PM »

Hi again, I can only reiterate what i've said in your other posts, you have to take it slowly, 5 days is no time, it could take 5 weeks, 5 months or even longer to win his trust.
He doesn't know you, he doesn't understand you and for the moment he's just keeping himself safe.

The body language he's showing is threat and fear, he's trying to tell you not to do what you're doing because it's scaring him.

Are you putting your hands in his cage? If so don't do that, it's his safe zone and you're invading it.

When we first get greys they can act very tame such as stepping up etc straight away, this  can change once they start to settle in their new home. They are getting used to their territory.
You are doing the right thing sitting talking. Keep doing it.

I know you're desperate for a cuddly handleable friend quickly but you can't speed the process up. They do things on their terms, and generally they aren't cuddly.
 
Also, when you ask a question can I ask that you only post it in one thread, you posted this 3 times :)
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2016, 11:38:25 PM »

sorry if i offended anyone with my multi postings, i am new to all this forum stuff and still finding my way round, sorry.

yes your so righto about my A/G when he is doing his wing flap, and head side to side  and a little dance on his perch i just say to him, ok you just want some time to yourself, i will be back in 5 mins to see if you want to step up, and then i leave the room for 5 min, etc, today he as been out on my hand 5 times, he has been on my knee, on my shoulder, on the table and drinking my tea, he sort of pressure bit my finger and i said in a low tone voice owch, he left go strait away. then this evening i had him out again on my hand, walked around a couple of rooms with him, sat down, and he went on my knee, i said to hime, scratch your head he put his head down and i gave a little rub, and let go, he then was shaking his head prob to put his head feathers back in place as i realised i had messed his feathers up abit, then i saw a little bit a white cotton stick in his beak and he was rubbing his beak on my leg trying to get it off, i said to him, what you got stuck sheldon, he looked at me and put his head forward for me to take it off, i was little nerviouse at firs, but then just put my hand close to him but not strait to his beak, he came forward to me offering me his beak, so i just put thumb and fourfinger on his beak and pulled it off his beak, he was happy for me to do that, anyway, i am reading him more and more now, he is even copying my voice now, and boy he sounds so much like me, so getting there and yes now rush, we have plenty of time. thank you all for your time and advice
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Re: not stepping up anymore
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2016, 11:59:03 PM »

No offence taken by anyone :)

He will do it at his own pace and the more you let him, the easier it will be. Great result today, you must be pleased :)
One more piece of advice, you are bound to get nervous if you're expecting a bite, however try never to show your nerves. Parrots sense it and it makes them very wary and will make them bite. You have to be confident with him.
If he's going to step up & you pull your hand away It will freak him out & he'll bite.

And if you do ever get bitten, as hard as it seems don't react, if you shout out you've just made it a fun game to him and he'll love to get that reaction again.
See how complex they are we need to become as clever as them to have them in our lives. But it's worth it.
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