by S Lloyd
I have a male African Grey that is about 14 years old. I got him about 4 years ago. He used to get on my finger and was easy to handle. About 6 months ago, he started being violent. When I hand him something to eat, (something I know he loves) he grabs it and throws it down and lunges at me trying to bite me.
His cage is open most of the time and he spends most of his time on top of the cage. If anyone goes near his cage, he literally hops and runs to chase you off. Lately, when I am going to hand him food, I hold it out of his reach and say "be nice". Then he will calm down and take it gently and eat it.
I don't know why he turned so violent and he seems so unhappy. He gets alot of freedom and a good variety of food. When I got him, his whole chest was plucked and he still plucks. The former owner let him out alot too but discovered the bird was the source of his allergies.
The only thing I can think of is I started giving him boxes on top of the cage and he goes inside and sits there for hours totally still. He chews out holes like little windows and if he sees you too close, he comes flying out of the box to attack. Maybe the boxes made him territorial. What can I do to improve this birds life for him to be happy again?