trusting my 4 year old african grey

by jeremy
(Chicago, IL, USA)

well i got him when he was four because my godparents gave him to me and i bonded with him and he is like okay but i had him like for 5 months and he still doesent want to let me pick him up and hes been in his cage for a long time and they didt interact with him or leave him out the cage and he is okay but i want to pick him up but i cant i think hes gonna nipple on me but i still dont trust him and he sometimes puts his feet out to me and i wonder how u know if hes really trust worthy plz help.

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Feb 02, 2012
regardin ur grey
by: Anonymous

i bought a 2year old african grey recently myself wot i did was well.. we left her in her cage a week so she got used 2new surroundings but for hours a day we sat by her cage and spoke 2her interacted with her and played with her she wudnt cum near if we put hand in cage but wud let us tickle er from outside the cage shed come right up 2 bars for it. after awhile we started puttin our hand in cage and speakin 2her at same time so she didnt bite us she started shakin our fingers then gradually steped up on our hands. spend hours talkin 2ur bird so that he gets used to you, the last owners never let her out the cage and she didnt like being picked up. now she loves to come out and nos when to go back in. she wont go in herself we put her in but shes a happy bird.spend as much time as u can with him talk 2him before tryin new things let him get used to you. african greys take their time the more time u spend with him the easier it will be. gud luck

Jan 31, 2012
Gaining trust with African grey parrot
by: Tracie

You both need to learn to trust each other. Please read our parrot training articles on our Parrot Training page for more information on developing a relationship with your bird so that you can begin to train it.

Jan 31, 2012
trusting my 4 year old african grey
by: Linda

First of all your bird needs to be thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet ONLY, in your driving area. Before you begin any training, he will have to be examined and given a clean bill of health or treated for any problems.

Once that has been taken care of, you can make use of some of the training materials on this site to get started. Your bird has been neglected, and is not tame. If he ever was tame, without handling, they go back wild and training has to be started all over.

Have him examined first and go from there.

Also, this is not about you trusting him, it is about him trusting you and trust is earned not freely given with parrots, so continue to show him you love him by taking him to the avian vet for exam and then working with him a little everyday.


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