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african grey help
« on: November 11, 2015, 08:42:42 PM »

We have inherited an African grey 7 weeks ago.  She is 50 years old and has completely plucked all the feathers off her chest and has now started on her legs.  We both work so she is in on her own 7 hours a day but we are unsure what to do never having had a parrot before.
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Re: african grey help
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2015, 11:55:00 PM »

Hi and welcome to the site

I guess it would be good to just start by getting a bit of background about yourself and your grey how come you've got the grey? Have you wanted a parrot before now? Feather plucking can be caused by different reasons so I would suggest you get her to an avian vet who can give her a good thorough check over maybe take bloods etc. What diet is she on? Has she been a plucker before you inherited her do you know? Do you have the opportunity to get an avian lamp this is really essential to there well being.
Let us know how things are progressing and please ask for as much advice as you feel you need.

Tony Mamadou kiwi & Gomez. 
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Re: african grey help
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2015, 08:13:27 AM »

Welcome to the forum :)

50 years old is a grand age! Had she plucked before she came to you? they are very complex creatures and i'm afraid its time to get some real research done.

Is she tame? Does she come out of her cage, how was her life before she came to you? What is your home environment like? (as in are there any children/other animals)

If you can give us more information i'm sure we'll give you lots of pointers :)
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Re: african grey help
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2015, 06:06:03 PM »

Welcome to the site Fug64

just echoing whats above said by Tony and Kazky, give us some history on your new bird, read as much of this site and others as poss, expand your knowledge.
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Re: african grey help
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2015, 08:45:14 AM »

Yes as the others have said if you could give us a bit more info.please.
Eg feeding ,
Will she accept been sprayed.Do you know if she's laid eggs in the past ?
Coz you say she's plucked,
Often as a female grey gets older hormonal plucking can turn into habitual and if so it's something although you try to keep down often you have to live with it.


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Re: african grey help
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2015, 12:29:04 PM »

Hello I hope you do not feel bombarded with too many questions regarding your new addition? I felt an ok African Grey owner for the past 13 years until I joined here then I felt a really bad one as I hadn't done this,that or the other, didn't have an essential avian lamp, feed my Grey fresh veg etc, didn't let him out for four hours flight daily and so on........ But please do not be put off as these Guys on here are so enthusiastic about their Greys that all they want to do is help you to look after your new addition in the best possible way. I am still learning and have much more to learn about my Grey so don't feel that you are inadequate as I did, as you obviously care about the bird to take it on and come on here. Some people aren't really equipped to take on a Grey but the fact that you care by having done so and coming on here for advice is fantastic. Maybe you can't afford an Avian Vet to carry out blood tests etc - it's something I have never even thought of before joining here but would now if I felt the need. If that is the case then do not be put off from seeking medical advice as there are people on here who will be able to point you in the right direction, If your Grey needs attention which you feel that you can't give then these Guys can help you. Me - NO as I don't know much at all - a grey area if you'll excuse the pun. But please do seek help even via privately messaging someone if need be as it is important that your Grey is helped to have a good quality of life. 
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Re: african grey help
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2015, 04:14:05 PM »

Hi and welcome, what a wonderful inheritance, I would say you're very lucky and honoured, and a 50 year old too  :biggrin:

Carol I didn't know half of all this stuff eight years ago, and like alot of us, just did what we thought was right, and had read about. Even now we are all still learning, no one should feel bad :)

But yes I too would love to hear about your new family member, her name etc. If she's plucking more now it could be down to the stress of losing her old family, and moving to a new home, hopefully she will settle down again, given time xxx
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