Rescued African Gray
by Gina Duncan
Our family rescued an African Gray. I was told he's 10 years old. I've had him one week and I think he's made great progress. He was at first very vicious. I just gave him time and after 4 days he came out of the cage. He takes treats from us. He is now wanting to perch on me. He plucks and chews his toes, I give him a toy. He's so scared of everything though...including larger toys.
He now takes things from my hands and is trying new foods. It seems he's only comfortable with my hands offering him things. He still won't let me touch him with my fingers. I'm his 4th and final owner. His first owner of 8 years passed, the next a male who from the sounds of it yelled at him. Then the lady I got him from. Zach bit her and drew blood, everytime she came near him, he bit her. Zach has for the 10 years been living in a tiny cage...cocatiel size. I bought him a mansion, but, he will have to get acclimated to it.
Zach has nipped me...I told him no, then, touched his beak again...I praise him for not biting. He's now out if his cage all day. He sleeps in his cage at night in our room, else he will stay up all night. He talks and does it when he's scared...like for his first bath I know of in at least two years, yet, I could see a part of him enjoying it. He loves to dance for me.
He mostly will only eat peanuts and gets angry if I even show him pellets??? I know these things take time..but...do you think he will ever trust me to touch him, will he stop chewing his nails and plucking himself. Yes, he's going to Avian vet too...I want him to be happy. I told him he never has to go through that life again and that I promise to be here for him, better or worse and that he doesn't ever have to talk if he doesn't want to.
Is it surprising how quickly he is enjoying his freedom and companionship? I'm going to try mashing the pellets and hand feeding them. I find it odd he was so mean to this other lady and nervous with me, yet, begging me to reassure him. Any advise appreciated by both of us.