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Re: I Have Just Found These...
« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2011, 07:22:04 PM »

Forgot to say, you will know if he's putting his head down for a tickle.  If he wants a tickle he will put his head down and not look at you, if he is going to lunge, he will put his head down but his eyes are pinned on you.

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« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2011, 07:24:32 PM »

He won't go bald, you won't really notice where they have come from, as one drops out another one is pushing it's way through, they are called "pin" feathers and because they are still in the sheath, they are stiff so if knocked or if we tickle them and catch them it can hurt them a little bit, so that's why they get a bit grumpy until the feather breaks free from the sheath.  

Don't you dare show Harry you are afraid.   You need to do some training with him, this is where it's easier with one lol.  

With Harry on a perch or in his cage, walk towards him, as soon as he puts his head down to lunge, stop, wait until he relaxes and then turn and walk away.  Do it again and again for about 10 to 15 minutes, then leave it.  Do it again later on in the day, gradually, gradually, you will see that you can get closer and closer to him without him lunging at you.  He will realise that you don't want to harm him so he relaxes.   Always make sure you are higher than them, don't allow them to sit on your shoulders, you are in control.......well, we like to think we are, but we let them think they are.

awwww thanks Pat you are a darling! his nips hurt so bad Gucci seems a lil wimp LOL, Harry may be still trying to gain my trust i guess as he is still new! xx
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Re: I Have Just Found These...
« Reply #22 on: February 14, 2011, 07:26:29 PM »

Personally, I think Harry could be trying to rule the roost!   :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

It really is a matter of patience, time and perseverance, and this is from the woman that could have had parrot pie for tea!  :grrr

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« Reply #23 on: February 14, 2011, 07:44:00 PM »



lol :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


well yes, in trust gaining that will take some time, at least he flys over to me when he wants attention, for his scratch he will put his head down but have to be very carefull with harry as he can turn anytime!

with Gucci I can happily close my eys and play with her!
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Re: I Have Just Found These...
« Reply #24 on: February 14, 2011, 07:46:01 PM »

Is it just you in the house with the two Greys or do you have a partner/wife?

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« Reply #25 on: February 14, 2011, 07:53:11 PM »



no Pat, Its me and my wife, and my father is with us too!

got neices and nephews who come here to be collected by their parents after the school run.

why do u ask?

btw, Harry loves my brother when he often comes around flys over to him, let him scratch him, play with his beak ect.
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« Reply #26 on: February 14, 2011, 08:02:03 PM »

I was just wondering if he is favouring another member of the family.  Charlie is all for me at the moment, he will go to my partner if he has a nut to give him or if we are outside, other than that he doesn't particularly like him right now.  So, I was just wondering if that was the same for Harry.  It could be that he prefers someone else.  They are such fickle things.

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« Reply #27 on: February 14, 2011, 09:28:09 PM »



thanks Pip, would help me! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #28 on: February 15, 2011, 09:27:16 AM »

Those pictures are really good Pip. So clear  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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« Reply #29 on: February 15, 2011, 11:18:28 AM »

Great pics Pip very informative!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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« Reply #30 on: February 15, 2011, 11:27:33 AM »

Pip, and the rest of the guys, hope you don't mind, I've nicked Pip's photos off this topic and added them to a stickied What To Expect From A Moult Topic. They are now here http://www.africangreyparrotcentre.co.uk/african-grey-forum/feather-issues-and-grooming/what-to-expect-from-a-moult/

I will move them back if you want to though. I just thought at least they won't get lost if they are in the stickied topic  :biggrin:
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« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2011, 11:50:12 AM »

Great idea! I've posted those pics for various people on various forums over the years so would be good to know they were somewhere easy to find! :thumbsup:

I know the first time I saw a blood feather I was just completely in awe at the size of it, took me quite by surprise even though I'd been told all about them!

From that moment I truly respected the fact we need to be very gentle with our birds when they're moulting and we also need to spray them daily to help them through it.

When you see pics of blood and pin feathers breaking through the skin, greatly enlarged like these...


http://www.flickr.com/photos/flipflopip/4307775466/sizes/o/in/photostream/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/flipflopip/4307034911/sizes/o/in/photostream/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/flipflopip/4276059193/sizes/o/in/photostream/


...you can really appreciate why birds are a bit grumpy when moulting!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/flipflopip/4231503326/sizes/o/in/photostream/

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« Reply #32 on: February 15, 2011, 01:31:04 PM »

 :rofl:  Someone has done a very bizarre split of topics there.  :rofl: :rofl:
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« Reply #33 on: February 15, 2011, 01:44:51 PM »

oooooooops! All fixed now  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Re: I Have Just Found These...
« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2011, 03:37:40 PM »

I'm learning new things about greys every day.....thanks for this forum.
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Re: I Have Just Found These...
« Reply #35 on: February 23, 2012, 06:04:25 PM »

I think the feathers came from the birds under-tail coverts.

It takes a grey about 8 months to complete a full (flight feather) moult.  In a normal moult, the bird should only be missing one or two wing/feathers or tail feathers at a time.   Greys  have 22 wing feathers (on each wing) and 12 tail feathers. 

Diet, daylight length and daylight intensity can affect moulting periods.  Ensure bird had calcium and vit D3 supplement as liquid supplement; and try to provide direct daylight/uv/ flourescent light as well.     
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« Reply #36 on: February 23, 2012, 08:13:57 PM »

I can't help it, I always have to add my 2p worth.   Its great reading about feathers and the photographs are really helpful because you get to see what to expect.  I've never seen pin, or blood feathers.  :biggrin:   
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« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2012, 08:19:15 AM »

I think I've said this before on another post .......we were told not to let Teddy on our shoulder . WE THOUGHT .........Oh it will be ok , what harm can it do ??? How foolish we were ......now that he hates me , he flies to my shoulder and lunges at my face and eyes ! I still cant go in the same room when he's out , I cant even give him a tickle . Poor Chris has all the parrot play to do .

Pat , it sounds like you're having a bad time with Charlie ? Do you still have your other parrot you took in to 'look  after' but ended up staying ?
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« Reply #38 on: January 03, 2015, 10:56:04 PM »

Hi, first time on this... I'm really worried my African grey is only 6 months old and I have noticed she has lost some feathers on her head... Does anyone know what this is? Newbie!!!
Thanks in advance
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Re: I Have Just Found These...
« Reply #39 on: January 03, 2015, 11:06:22 PM »

It could be from being clumsy, is there anything he rubs his head on or bangs it as he's climbing about? Until they are a good year or so they are always bumping into things. His skin does look a little dry though, do you spray him down?

Do you have an avian vet so you can just get him checked? I don't think it's a problem, but we'll see. If anyone else on here has any ideas
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