have i made a mistake - AG question

by craig

hi i need some information if someone can help i just put a deposit on a male african grey and i keep hearing that they take to females better can anyone help

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Aug 07, 2009
by: Lori

I am female and have a male african grey. I was his favorite person for 3 years. Then one Christmas eve he decided he prefered my husband. That was 2 years ago. He still likes me right up until my husband gets home at night then he follows him around like a dog.

Aug 07, 2009
by: Linda

Craig, good day to you, and thanks for writing. Male birds will get along with male humans just fine. What DOES happen though is that if a woman is the only person to handfeed baby parrots, the babies IMPRINT on the female, and sometimes have trouble adjusting to the male voice and personality. Find out who handfed your bird. It is best for both a male and female to take turns feeding baby parrots, and this eliminates problems bonding later.

If you have already handled your bird some, and he is calm and appears to like you, then I would not worry about it. I would ask people you are buying him from questions about who handfed him as that will tell you much about how he may be later.

Most parrots are capable of adjusting to something new, though it can take some time. I think you will be alright here if you have patience with your new friend as he will be afraid at first. Trust is earned not given, so earn his trust by taking great care of him, protecting him from harm, and always give him the benefit of the doubt as he learns to trust you and any family members. When you first bring him home, do not allow anyone except you to handle him, and YOU do ALL the feeding, cleaning and putting in toys for him. He may also be afraid of toys at first, so do not worry about it, and leave toy in as he will eventually play with it. Toys need to be changed out every couple of months as birds get tired of them. You can always put it back in later, and bird will think he has a new toy! Make sure he has natural branches for perches so his feet have different sizes to hold onto. Toys made of wood and cotton rope are good as parrots like to chew wood and tear it up if they can. It also helps keep the beak from having a sharp point on it.

Another important issue is to feed him a high quality pelleted diet like Harrison's which Tracie carries out here. They also make a great Birdy Bread Mix which can help changing a bird over from seeds to pellets.

Be sure and take him to an Avian vet in your area soon as you get him home. Birds sometimes come with infections from stresses of various types. Just call and make an appointment so the Avian vet can give him a good checkup and treat any infections that may be found.

Let us know how everything goes, and post a picture of him when you can! Congratulations on your new friend.


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