my parrot all of a sudden is afraid of me after two years

by vince parnis

i have a african grey and after two years bonding with me every day , he is scared of me and doesnt what to step up on my hand , just with me. why ? i just change his cage , and my father in law he use to play and give him treets this past 3 months . can i have a answer ?

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Feb 10, 2018
My parrot
by: Anonymous

Hi 1 week ago I bought a parrot he is almost 10 months and he is scaring of me when go close to him can someone give me tips thx

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Mar 03, 2013
Also having trouble.
by: Anonymous

Hi. I am having the same problem with my Meyers parrot.
I have the parrot for about 8 months now and got him when he was still a baby. I could do anything with my parrot, let it lie on its back, kiss and hold him however I wanted, and suddenly one day the parrot is so scared of me that he hurts himself trying to get away from me whenever I get to close.
Nothing significant changed except for a few items that is now stored next to his cage. I thought it might be those items, so I moved the cage to another area, but this is not new to my parrot as I move his cage daily to have him around wherever I am in the house.

Please help me with some ideas!!

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Nov 29, 2012
my parrot all of a sudden is afraid of me after two years
by: Linda

As you see from the previous writer, birds are afraid of any new things whether they be toys, cages, perches or even where the cage sits. You will need to provide much more information about your bird's life before we can attempt to get to the bottom of this.

Here are a few questions to consider. Has anything new been introduced to him in the last few months. Has his cage been moved to a new place. Has any new people come into your home or family and this includes new pets. Has his diet been changed or is there a possibility he is sick.

The first sign of illness is a sudden change in behavior, and this will have to be looked at by a licensed and trained Avian Vet ONLY in your area. A sick bird does not have to show a lot of signs at first which is why I mention the first sign can be a change in behavior toward you or anyone else.

Have him examined by an Avian Vet and think about any changes that have been made in his environment. Any little thing can cause problems and that includes a change of hair color, clothing or even wearing a hat where you once did not. Your bird will not recognize you if you've changed your look too much, so look at all this and have him examined by an Avian Vet for infections to see if he's incubating something that can be easily treated.

Once you have thought about this for a while and taken him to an Avian Vet to rule out physical causes, write back with more information, and we'll take it from there.


Nov 29, 2012
Change makes a difference!
by: Anonymous

Hi there, just read your posting. I am so sorry you are going through this. I noticed this with my own Parrot and this is just my own experience. Just recently we changed our Parrots comfy mansion older and used cage to a medium size newer cage and we found that she isn't sleeping well. We find her a bit on edge and she is more nippy than usual. I can only think of one thing, the NEW CAGE and in my opinion it did effect her.. so now we are in a bind because that older cage is just no good. So we are worried as well with this sudden change. We can't return the new one either, we made changes. So my point in this for you is that it can very well be the change made and your Parrot doesn't know how else to get this across to you.. I hope this helps.

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