African Grey now territorial in his cage

by Kathy
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

We have an African Grey parrot. We got him just after he was weaned at three months old. He is now 1 1/2 years old. We got him out of his cage daily for the first 6 or 8 months. Then there was a period where we were too busy to get him out much for a couple of months.

He still talks up a storm and is very friendly except he will not step up when we put our hand in his cage. He does not bite, but he seems very afraid to come to us on our hand when he is in his cage. However, if we get him out of his cage, he will then step up to anyone. What can we do to get him out of this territorial stage he is in?

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Oct 31, 2008
African Grey
by: Anonymous

Both our Grey and our Severe Macaw will not step up for us from inside the cage. We have to wait until they come out of their cages to step them up or they'll bite. Once they are out, it's no problem stepping them up. I think it has a lot to do with them defending their home/territory.

Oct 31, 2008
stepping up
by: lewis

There are many boks on African greys that will teach you the step up process. I fhe will not step up on your hand try using a stick like a perch for him to step on instead of your hand. Also get a training stand and teach him to step up in a room where the birf cage is not located.


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