scared bird african grey

by margaret barry
(newcastle england)

my african grey will not accept anything new in his cage, either toy or food, if i do put anything in he huddles in the corner shaking. i am trying to get him to accept organic pellets, but he won;t move from the cage corner if anything strange is put in his cage.

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Jun 01, 2012
scared of new toys
by: Anonymous

my timneh african grey is afraid of new toys, even bought a stand for her,won't have anything to do with it, she'll be 4 this year, has a great appetite loves new foods,but also can't seem to learn her own name even though she hears it a hundred times a day. any advice.

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Dec 15, 2009
scared african grey
by: Lynn

My African grey timneh is afraid also. It takes forever for him to get used to anything new in fact sometimes he never gets used to some things.I have had to take toys or perches out of his cage. He startles very easy also. He will take off flying when out on his play top and I worry he will harm himself. I thinnk it is just an african grey thing.As for the pellet thing. I have had absolutely no luck getting him to eat pellets. I fed him good quality seed and fruit and veges in fact everything he can have to keep him healthy. I worry that he is not as healthy as he should be because he does not eat pellets. I then read a article that said that they do not eat pellets in the wild! What do you do? He is 12 years old now and so far healthy.

Editor's note: Your bird is not in the wild to forage for food and is not getting the same exercise flying around searching for food. Pellets have proven to be the best way to insure your bird will stay healthy.

Dec 15, 2009
african grey
by: debbie

oh and also the cage is smaller can that have anything to do with it?? AN IM SAD CAUSE WE HAD TO TAKE OUT HIS SWING UGHHHH THIS POOR BIRD I FEEL SO BAD FOR HIM

Dec 14, 2009
african grey
by: debbie

IM REALLY UPSET WE JUST GOT MY AFRICAN GREY A NEW CAGE AND HE WONT HARDLY MOVE AROUND NOR WILL HE EAT THIS IS THE 3RD DAY WITH NO FOOD HE DID START TO TALK ALITTLE BIT WHICH IS GOOD BUT NO EATING .. WE PUT HIM OUTSIDE THE CAGE AND HE WONT GO BACK HIM HE IS ACTIN SO SCARED IM AFRAID HE IS GONNA DIE IS THIS NORMAL ??

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Oct 28, 2009
Scared Bird
by: Linda

All birds are afraid of new things in their cages. It helps to only put one new thing at a time and allow them to get used to it.

As for changing over to pellets, here is a link to an article Dr. B wrote on the subject:

Switching Birds to Pellets article.

The change from seeds to pellets takes time, and it may help if you let him watch you put a shallow layer of his seed mix on the bottom of his dish and some of the pellets on top. You don't want him to stop eating, so read article and keep trying to change him over. Also, if you have a new toy in cage take it out and replace it with the old one. THEN start trying to change his diet. One thing at a time will work better than several things at once as birds become overwhelmed very easily with too much new stuff.

Linda

Oct 28, 2009
scared african grey
by: Lynn

My african grey timneh is afraid of anything new. I have to introduce him to any new toy slowly by showing it to him several times a day and eventually he will accept it. When I bought him a new cage, I had to leave it set up in the living room for a week before I put him in it. He was a little leary at first but adjusted. Now the pellet thing. I have tried for years to get Quincy to eat pellets. I offer them to him and all he does is throw them out of his dish. He does eat fruit and veges and seed. I make sure he has good food but he never would go to pellets. I have tried every kind known to man. I even made birdie bread and crushed them up and put them in the bread but he wouldn't eat the bread. Talk about smart birds huh? Hope this helps you.

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