African Grey now territorial in his cage
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
We have an African Grey that we got just after he was weaned at about 3 months old. He would step up to anyone and is very friendly to anyone from the time we got him. We would get him out of his cage daily. he is now a year and a half old.
However, there was a period for a couple of months when he was almost a year old that we were too busy to get him out of his cage very much. He now "flips out" when anyone puts their hand near him while he is in his cage. He doesn't bite or anything like that, but he quickly moves away in his cage.
He has a very large cage. It's like he is now very territorial in his cage. Once he is outside of his cage, he will step up. This behavior is just when he is inside his cage.
He is a precious pet. He loves everyone, never bites anyone, talks up a storm almost constantly, and waves at everyone he sees whether they are inside the house or he sees them outside the window. He chats to himself and sings to himself a lot and just seems extremely happy. How can we get him to come to us again when we put our hand inside his cage? He will come to the front of his cage and allow anyone to pet him on the head through his cage bars.