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Rehomed - need tips
« on: August 07, 2016, 12:41:55 PM »

Hi All, new here.

I've recently (3 weeks) adopted an African Grey and would like to start taking him out of his cage.

Luckily he belonged to my in laws, so he's accustomed to me, wife and kids already, even calls our names. He's around 6 years old.

He talks back to me and lets me touch the top of his head and back of his neck through the cage.

I've now started to open his cage door and offer treats. So far he's getting his head slightly out the door to reach for the treat but if I pull it back enough that he'd have to sit on the door opening he refuses and goes back to the top of the cage.

He's never been taken out of the cage, so I understand that he'll be wary of it.

What should I do next?


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Re: Rehomed - need tips
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2016, 01:07:21 PM »

Aww bless him, how sad :(
He'll be nervous so just go at his pace otherwise you'll take backward steps.
Open his door and leave it open when you're with him, he'll eventually start investigating hopefully. If he's never been out of his cage it may take a while. But keep doing what you're doing & he'll learn to trust you.
Welcome to the forum & post piccies of him :)
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2016, 01:20:01 PM »



Took these now :)


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Re: Rehomed - need tips
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2016, 01:48:24 PM »

He's lovely, does he have toys? Also what food do you have him on? Have a look around the forum on diets for them
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2016, 01:54:33 PM »

Pallets as a routine. Then nuts as treats. He's got a swing and some rope in the cage


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Re: Rehomed - need tips
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2016, 04:13:26 PM »

Get him more toys, they have extremely active minds and need to stimulation of things to play with, you can make him some, bits of wood for him to chew up, cardboard & paper scrunched up in his cage etc.

also make sure  you don't feed monkey nuts, they're not good, peanuts in general aren't good. if you are going to give him nuts make sure they are human grade unsalted, & not too many. Far better though is almonds.
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Re: Rehomed - need tips
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2016, 09:03:34 PM »

Hi Mathew , congrats on your new family member :)
I adopted a grey that hadn't been out his cage in years
He come out every day now, we can't touch him but we do mange to get him in his cage with treats etc :)
Have a look on this website for toys etc
And any questions shout up
Ps are you usin any UV avian specific lighting (it's a real must) and are you givin him regular sprays ?
www.scarlettsparrotessentials.co.uk
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2016, 09:06:22 PM »

Hi Mandi, never heard about avian specific lighting. What do you mean by regular sprays?


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Re: Rehomed - need tips
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2016, 07:22:27 AM »

Hi Matthew  and welcome to the forum .
Full marks to you for taking this bird on .
Everything Kaz and Mandi have told you is spot on .
We spray our birds at least three times a week get a small insecticide spray  .You can buy them in the Pound shops and fill it with luke warm water, set the spray on fine spray and spray him lightly from above.i f you spray him like that you won't shock him .Our two love Babble balls and anything they can chew up wooden toys etc .We never put toys directly in the cage, first we hang em on the outside till they get used to em for a day or two
Have a look at Scarlett's website.t here's a wealth of information on it and she's a member of this forum too.
Just pepper us with question's ,we are here to help
This bird needs time and patience.. Matthew
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