Africa Gray questions

by Denise
(Miami, FL)

Found an African Gray on my doorstep about 3 days ago. It's people friendly and you can feed it by hand. But it seems to have a hurt leg, it won't fully rest it on its perch and cannot extend it to hold on to the cage as it moves around. Also it keeps he foot wide open it does not not wrap it around the perch. Additionally, as of today it is sleeping a lot. What could possibly be wrong?

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Aug 12, 2010
Africa Gray questions
by: Linda

The bird has been severely injured and also most likely has a bad infection either bacterial or viral going on.Malnutrition and dehydration are also factors here. He needs to be taken to an Avian Vet immediately.He will die if not taken care of as they do not get over their infections without help, and they cannot set their own broken legs.First you have to have Avian Vet xray to see if it IS broken.

If you have any trouble finding an Avian Vet, there is a link on this site to help with that. Florida is one of the parrot breeding capitals of the US, so you should have no trouble finding one.

This bird probably flew away from his owner and has been lost, starving, injured and sick ever since. The leg sounds like it is broken, and it needs to be set immediately or the Avian Vet will have to rebreak his leg before it can be set. Xray of the leg will be required before vet knows the extent of the damage.

This bird will die unless you get it the medical services it needs right now.

The African Grey is very valuable as for money and is a gold mine as for a wonderful companion and friend. I recommend you get him on an organic pelleted diet with organic fruit and veggies.Do not feed any human foods or junk food as these cause birds to sicken and die. Tracie carries several kinds on this site, so you can make a choice. An all seed diet will kill the bird in the long run because all seed diets are very poor nutrition. Here is a link on how to go about changing from seed to pellets written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

You can also find some books here and other places on the internet about the African Greys to learn how to care for him properly. He needs a cage large enough so he can spread his wings completely out and flap without hitting either side of the cage or anything in the cage.

Please get him to an Avian Vet before you do anything else and write to us whenever you need or want to about any other questions.We are here to support you and since we are not Avian Vets cannot diagnose or treat online. Neither can our resident Avian Vet. This bird has to be seen in person by only an Avian Vet and it needs to happen right away. Birds feel everything we do including all our emotions, severe pain, and they suffer from loneliness and neglect and abuse the same as we would. Intelligence and emotional development is roughly that of 4-5 year old humans. You have a very sensitive being here who is in a great deal of pain. Please help him, and you will be rewarded with one of the most wonderful talkers and friendly birds in the parrot families. Your commitment to him will be rewarded 100 times over, and I speak from experience in these matters.

Thanks for writing and for wanting to help this lovely bird.


Aug 12, 2010
African Gray question
by: Anonymous

Please take the parrot to an Avian Vet as soon as possible. There is definately something wrong with the leg if he is not using it.

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