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MochaSue

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I'm another new comer
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:36:28 PM »

Just adopted an African grey from a guy at my work who used to bring her to work everyday.  I have been around her for at least 5 years so she is familiar with me and even says words in my voice.  Short story here.....she is a very sad bird as in she has plucked all of her feathers out and is prone to biting so she has only been handled with a stick to and from cages.  My goal in adopting her is to get her health back and to make her feel safe again. Well... She almost chewed my husbands finger off last night when he put her away by running up the stick and grabbing his finger.  Should we just give her time to adjust before letting her out of the cage during the day and putting her back at night or put gloves on??? Any suggestions?  Feather plucking info can come later?
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2014, 09:39:00 PM »

her name is Bonnie and she is 20 yo. She has great vocabulary!
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2014, 09:51:21 PM »

Welcome to the forum sue n bonnie :)
I'll start with the pluckin, can I take a guess in saying she is fed a bit of anything she fancies ? And took to work did she have access to any natural sunshine (direct not through a window)
She prob needs a diet overall and a full spectrum light alongside of some outdoor time in the sunshine for vitD so she can process calcium and oils for her feathers etc :)
As for the letting out cage , if you can cut the top off a pop bottle and put your perch through it so I have a protector as such for your hand ?.
It will work a treat, I bought a buddy perch for mine but they are 30 odd and the pop bottle will work just as well :) xx
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2014, 10:11:34 PM »

Well, thanks for the welcome! When she was at her previous home and at work she only had indirect sunlight. Now that she is at my home she will not only have better direct sunlight but will also have WAY more attention. not just be stuck in a room by herself.  She does have a good diet though. Plenty of fresh, organic vegetables and pellets, we will give her whatever we are eating as well. Chicken, beans from the garden, kale, etc.  I really don't think that traveling in a car back And forth to work everyday was good for her either. Very stressful. Plus the previous owner had 4 small dogs.  I do have a lab, and outdoor cats. She already says my dogs name Maggie. She is used to a lab from my work. Maggie doesn't bother her and isn't around her cage at all.
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Re: I'm another new comer
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2014, 10:16:25 PM »

Aww bless her, it will take time so try not to rush it, probably just coming to love with you is going to be avast improvement, keep us updated :)
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2014, 10:35:26 PM »

I will, thanks again!
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2014, 10:31:53 AM »

Hi sue

Welcome from me too  :hiya
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2014, 04:55:07 PM »

 Hi & welcome to the forum :thumbsup:
 .Im not gonna add much more to what Mandi,s said :nono: only I would start to spray the bird ( do you know how much shes been sprayed? as she been sprayed at all ?) with a fine spray with a little  Aloe Vera added  to soothe her skin :secret: . Just as a matter of interest if shes 20 & you deffo know shes female has she laid any eggs in her lifetime ?
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2014, 03:32:17 PM »

Oh bless her, she's almost naked. Bonnie seems such a sweetheart and despite the biting I'm sure this will stop once she is settled in more. Bonnie is probably feeling overwhelmed by all the attention, give her time :)

I wouldn't use a towel for this reason only for playing (so she can get used to one for vets etc) the plastic bottle seems a good idea or a towel placed over your arm, keeping those fingers tucked away so bonnie isn't tempted to bite them. This way she can still come out to play and you can get her in safely for meal times or bed  :thumbsup:
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