My 15 week old african grey.

Hi, I got my 15 week old african grey today. She's completely hand reared from birth, and she was great when we went to go see her at the pet shop. However, when I brought her back today, she was very aggressive, and wouldn't hesitate to bite us if we tried to put out hands near her, it's been 3 hours. And she has improved a little, but she still won't hop on our fingers. Is this normal?

She's been eating and drinking normally, i'm hoping it's just because she's scared of her new home. If that's the case how long would it take for her to settle in? Thanks in advance.

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Oct 24, 2011
CAG baby
by: Anonymous

Birds usually bite out of fear. It is stressful especially for a bird as emotionally sensitive like a Grey to move to a completely new enviornment. Do not over-do it. Give her time to settle in. Too many hands and new faces will truely terrify her. You will have to earn her trust, it is never freely given. Goodluck with your new baby, Greys are wonderful birds!

Oct 23, 2011
African Grey biting
by: Tracie

Yes, is it normal for a bird to be scared and attack when taken to a new home. You will need to work with the bird to gain the bird's trust first. Then you will need to work on training the bird with positive reinforcement.

We have some helpful parrot training materials on our Parrot Training page.

This is a very young bird, you need to keep up with the eating habits to make sure the bird does not revert back to needing to be hand fed. Carefully measure the food, hopefully you are feeding pellets and can count the pellets to make sure it is eating it's food.

If your bird is not eating a healthy pellet diet like Harrison's or Roudybush, then please read our Switching Birds To Pellets article that was written by an avian vet.

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