General advice needed please for new Timneh Parrot

by Sharon
(Manchester, UK)

Timneh AG

Timneh AG

I have recently (less than a week) aquired an unwanted Timneh African Grey Parrot. She is 6 years old and at her previous home was never let out of her cage. In 5 days she is totally attached to me. Grooms me, has learned the "step up" command and happily comes out of her cage (for most of the day) and sits next to me on her brand new perch. She has a lot of trust in me and loves being around me, but really seems to hate my husband. She actually tries to attack/bite him if he walks past her cage. I am wondering what I can do to A/ Help her to overcome this husband hatred.. although I understand this could be due to her last owner and may take a lot of time.. And B/ She is scared of everything and doesn't understand what toys are or a bath are. How can I teach her these things and help her become more confident and less wanting to just eat my clothes or constantly groom/nibble on my fingers. Thank you for your advice if you can offer any. From Sharon and Millie Parrot.

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Aug 16, 2014
bird advice
by: Anonymous

I know what your going threw. I just got two Quaker Parrots and the male is always trying to bite me, running at any of us walking up to him, eating little whole in our clothes and letting our necks after grooming us. Though after spending ALOT of quality time with him on a daily bases talking to him also with him he has made a huge improvement. Giving them much love and attention with treats will associate you with good. Taking them in the shower helps. They also like taking showers, you should make sure the water isn't too cold nor hot and,make sure the the water isn't on too hard, if you could put something he can stand on to be able to walk back and forth in the water or not in it. He might not like it at first but, after you keep showing him it's okay he will soon love it. Birds are extremely social animals and need alot of attention with people, another buddy would be wonderful for bird when no one is home and just ingeneral. Hope this helps you.

Feb 19, 2014
General advice needed please for new Timneh Parrot
by: linda

The very first thing is to take her to an Avian Vet ONLY for a checkup to make sure she is not suffering from any infections either bacterial or viral. Also have some bloodwork done to see how her organs are functioning and that should include a CBC and WBC. This visit is mandatory and take her to only an avian vet as they are the only ones licensed and trained in bird care. Dog and cat vets are not supposed to even look at a bird much less treat one because they do not have a clue unless they have also trained as an avian vet.

It will take time for toys and baths. Use a clean, new plastic plant sprayer bottle using only filtered water that is warm not hot. Reverse Osmosis water is best, and filtered to get out toxins, chlorine, fluoride and minerals for her bath. Use a gentle spray so she can get used to it. Never use any soap or shampoo just clean filtered warm water. All parrots are shy about toys, so put only one toy in there, preferably a wooden toy she can chew and let her get used to it.

Only time will help the male issue because she has probably been abused by a male, and she'll have to be around your husband for long time before seeing he is different. Have him feed and water her and clean her cage if he can. The hands that feed and clean are hands bird will eventually trust. It will take much time and do not push her to do this or you can cause her to get mean to everyone. Greys are emotionally sensitive more so than others except the Cockatoos and it is easy to mess them up for life. Do not spoil her and do love her and let her see that love demonstrated including setting limits later on.

Let us know what avian vet says, and keep in touch as this little girl and her new family need lots of support, and we are here for that and enjoy it very much. Ask Tracie for my email address as I give her permission to do that. I'd love to have more talks about your new baby if you are interested.
Love,
Linda and Bill who are owned by both birds AND dogs!

Feb 19, 2014
New Timneh Parrot
by: Anonymous

Patience, patience, patience. Your little bird is adjusting to her new environment and you are her anchor. It will take some time, so it would be best if your husband walked a wide path around the cage until she gets used to him. It will happen. May not be a love fest, but eventually the aggression will lessen.

As for the toys, let her figure that out on her own. Try substituting something other than your finger when working with her (a piece of toy with a rope?) Let her know that it is part of your play with her. And as for chewing on your fingers or your clothes, well you might need to teach her the word "No!" good luck. Have some destructible bird shirts on for when you are near her (I used my husband's old t-shirts, worked great on several levels!)

Instead of a bath, you might try misting her from a distance with warm water. Pet stores sell new mist bottles for use on smaller pets (don't reuse any mister like an old windex bottle or hair spray. Residuals inside the bottle will make your bird sick.

Also you didn't say whether you'd taken her to an avian vet. If not, I suggest you do so quickly, just to make sure she is healthy.

I have a conure that "came in from the cold" with much the same attitudes as your bird. That was 3 years ago and he has settled in nicely -- finally. Your little Timneh is fortunate to have you as his new friend and protector.

BTW: this site has a great collection of training tips you can check out. I started out 3 years ago knowing NOTHING about having a pet bird and learned a lot from here and from reading the comments of other bird owners. So glad I found this site!

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