10 Week old african grey baby moaning

by Wayne
(South Africa, Pretoria)

I have a african grey baby of 10 weeks old. It has been hand reared and is the most cutest bird. I was wondering why is he/she making these moaning sounds when I speak to her or after meals? Could this be the way he/she talks to me? It completely sounds like a baby puppy moaning as if it is struggeling with something.

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Nov 02, 2012
10 Week old baby grey moan
by: Wayne

Hi Linda, thank you for the replay. I do however not think it is sick for the fact that it has to high quality means a day and is already starting to wean. The baby takes a couple of sips of the porridge and refuse to eat any more. The baby is climbing and play with it's toys and eating the sead mix I give it during the day. The baby is also starting to hold the food in it's paw while eating. It only makes those sounds after eating the porridge. What I have read and found out from bird breeders is that it is not uncommon for the babies to start weaning at this age. Thank you very much for your comment and I will take some care to have the bird checked.

Nov 01, 2012
10 Week old african grey baby moaning
by: Linda

When you mentioned meals, hopefully you mean after you've handfed the baby. Your bird is not old enough to be weaned and needs to be 3 months of age before the weaning process even begins.It is also not a bad idea to move that weaning date up a month as birds are weaned entirely too soon for their health and well being as it is. Most breeders want the money and do not care about the birds at all, so hope you were lucky enough to find one who does care and takes care of their birds by feeding high quality organic pelleted diets with regular checkups at the avian vet's.

As for the moaning, it is not normal and is not part of trying to communicate other than to either say it's still hungry or it is sick. It is not uncommon for baby birds to contract bacterial infections, and they will die without being diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area.Lots of times, the parents are already sick with infection when they are bred instead of being examined and cleared for breeding by an avian vet before breeding.

So, is your baby eating high quality baby parrot handfeeding formula? If not, baby will die from lack of correct food. Have you taken him to an Avian Vet to be checked for infections both bacterial and viral? Also, what is his present weight, as the Avian Vet will have weighed him to see if he's at normal weight for his age.

Take him to an Avian Vet only because regular dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and end up killing them with incorrect diagnosis and meds.

When dealing with baby birds, time is limited for treating infections and making sure they are eating proper diets. What I mean is they die quickly if left untreated if sick and if eating some low quality and incorrect diet.

Let us know what avian vet has to say when you can and thanks for writing,

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