CAG behavior

by mitchell

I have a two year old cag rescued from a previous owner who never let her out of her small cage. The first day we had her she bit me hard .

Now she will willingly come to me and respond to step up. When my wife has her she perches on her ARM. But when I get close she wants me to pick her up she makes weird squeaking noises only when I'm near she sits right next to my head and regurgitates her food but only by me otherwise she is acting normally.

Also when we got her she had breast feathers plucked and shoulders also.. any info will help my avian vet did a blood test and found nothing abnormal . Thanks

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Oct 25, 2011
CAG behavior
by: Linda

I'm not sure what your question is and I'll attempt to speak generally. Your bird has lived a miserable, neglected life up to this point, so some of the anger that has been bottled up is bound to come out. You and your wife are there, and so bird will bite you. I also suggest you keep this bird off your shoulders because this is a dangerous position for any parrot to be in. They are too close to face, eyes, and some very severe injuries can occur when parrots are in this position. For instance, if bird gets upset with someone, they will bite the one they are closest to, and this is called displaced aggression. It's seen in all kinds of animals who have been neglected or abused or both, so keep bird off your shoulders.

You need to find some good books about your bird so you can begin to understand who your parrot is. Your bird has roughly the emotional/mental development of a 4-5 year old human child. They will always be little children regardless of how old in years they become.

There are some training materials on this site you may wish to look at. What I think is necessary here is for you to understand who your bird is by doing some study, and giving yourself to your bird. A parrot's trust is earned and not freely given. He/She has been through so much neglect that you are seen as more humans to hurt him and leave him alone without any companionship. Until you prove otherwise, you are seen as only a momentary respite from the gut wrenching lonliness this bird has been forced to endure. Continue to show your bird that this is not the case, and he will slowly begin to get back to normal or as close to it as he'll ever get.

Diet is a very critical element here, and I recommend high quality organic pelleted diet. There are a few found here with Harrison's being one of the best on the market. Here is a link about how to go about changing from seeds to pellets written by an Avian Vet.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

This will take time, so do not be in a hurry but DO make commitment to get this bird onto a healthy diet as all seed diets are lacking basic nutrition and cause birds to be sick more often and takes years away from them.

Keep in touch with us and make a solid commitment to this bird because you will be so happy you did later on. He needs to know that all humans are not like the ones he's lived with before, and you have the opportunity to be a hero in his eyes, so don't let it slip away for any reason.


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