8 week old african grey cries at night.

by Anastasia
(Chicago Il)

It just started a few days ago. My baby started crying at night and just digs. It's well fed What could I be doing wrong ?

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Aug 22, 2014
baby fear
by: Anonymous

I have the same with mine at first,I found by putting him in a small cage at night in a silent room worked, anything else had him crying and doing anything he could for attention, he's nearly 6 years old now and say's "goodnight when I cover his cage for the night and wakes me each morning with a "good morning" Good luck and give him lots of love.

Oct 25, 2012
8 week old african grey cries at night.
by: Linda

It is not anywhere close to normal for a bird to cry during the night unless there is something wrong. Birds have a built-in sensor, and when it's dark, they need to go to sleep. Our Amazons go to bed with a cover on cage at around 8PM as the days shorten.

An 8 week old(2 month old) bird is not old enough to have been weaned for one thing. This size and type of bird should not be weaned until 3 months old, and that is when the weaning process can be started. It sounds very much like your bird is either hungry or sick or both.

I highly recommend you have your bird examined by an Avian Vet so you can have her checked for infections both bacterial and viral plus get a weight on her to make sure she is correct weight. A bird this young should still be handfed at least twice a day with baby parrot handfeeding formula. The fact you say she is well fed does not mean she is getting everything she needs to be healthy. If diet is all seed with or without fruit, veggies and/or vitamins, she is left very hungry at the end of a day.

Please have her examined by an Avian Vet only in your driving area and discuss this issue with them. Though you will get a lot of advice from others, including me, you still have to rule in or out an infection and/or starvation eating an all seed diet. Your bird, and all parrots need to be eating a high quality organic pelleted diet like Harrisons. The reason for organic is all the chemicals they put into the other makes it poison for birds instead of good nutrition. Below is link to article on how to go about the change, and do not make any changes until bird has been examined and deemed healthy or in need of meds of some sort. Once she is done with any meds, then you can begin to follow the instructions found in this article.

Switching Birds To Pellets article


Oct 25, 2012
baby bird needs mom
by: chaydel

My 3.4 year old grey does the same.

Suggestion: 1/2 hour before you shut the room down, dim the lights and have quiet time. Your baby may settle down. I would leave a night light on, one that is not directly in eye sight of your bird.

I made a drastic mistake with my G. cockatoo. I took it to bed. 3 yrs. later the bird sleeps on my back board and I scrath its head in the middle of the night. I would not suggest this. Many problems have arisen because I stopped her from crying by using this method.

I know that it tears your heart out, but it is the same way with a child.

HOld her and feed her, quiet her and slowly put her in her cage, maybe even with a clean towel. ch

Oct 24, 2012
8 wk old baby grey cries at night.
by: Anonymous

Your baby sees you as momma bird, and has already bonded to you.

he's scratching & crying bc he wants out, and wants to be with you.

It's basically your bird having a tantrum. My bird is 15 months old and does the same thing. She's been to the vets had a full work up, and I know she's completely healthy. Its possible your bird is doing the same thing. There's nothing to do to make them stop that I know of, other then covering the bottom half of the cage, and turning off the lights, and keeping the room quiet.

After 5 minutes, my bird is done doing it.

Has your bird been to see a vet yet? If not, it would be a good idea to ensure proper health. You'll want to take your bird to an avian vet.

DOnt let your bird control you. Make sure your bird knows your in charge. If she scratches and cries.. just cover the cage turn off hte lights and leave the room. Your bird needs 10-14 hrs of sleep per night anyways. Make sure she gets plenty. A bird who doesnt get enough sleep, can lead to it being a plucker.

Hope this helps!

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