what if ur afican grey congo puts his feet oout to u

by jeremy

i have him but we have a bond but i cant carry him on my arm he sometimes puts his feet out to me does that mean he wants to get on my arm or shoulder?

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Sep 05, 2011
but how u know if he will bite
by: Anonymous

my african grey congo puts his feet to me but im scared he mite bite but i can scratch his head some times but i think he will bite me if i scratch his head so what should i do and hes only three years old

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Aug 26, 2011
he wants to step up :)
by: shannara

when your African grey raises their foot and looks at you he is begging for you to offer him your finger or arm. If your first time for "step up" then offer your hand (at least 2 fingers he's a big boy) by moving them just above the foot and give a command(I say "come on darlin") Do not be shocked if while stepping up he uses his beak to balance himself. Yes he may grip a little harder then you like first few times but he is smart and wants to be touched by you so please give it a try.
have fun and love your baby with all your heart!

Aug 11, 2011
African Grey putting head down
by: Tracie

Some birds gently grab your finger to steady themselves when transitioning from their perch to your finger. You might have to work with the bird to not grab hard, but it is not unusual for a bird to hold something in transition.

I think the main thing is that you need to relax so that the bird does not feel your tension. Just be ready to put the bird back if it bites or hurts you. Say, "noooo" in a calm low voice no matter how much it hurts, and put him back in the cage and turn your back on him. Eventually he will get the picture.

We have some training articles on our Parrot Training page you might want to read too.

Aug 11, 2011
Foot out, head down
by: Anonymous

He is initially telling you with his foot he wants to be picked up. If he puts his head down, typically this means he wants a head/neck scratch!! Your bird is just dying for some physical interaction and wants to be affectionate!! Dont be afraid, put your arm out and give him a good scratchin!!!!

Aug 11, 2011
by: Anonymous

okay but everytime i try he puts his head down by his feet so what plz help thx

Aug 09, 2011
Stepping up
by: Samantha!

Yes! He definitely wants to step up on your finger or shoulder if he puts out his feet to you. Mine does the same thing because she wants to be on my finger. :)

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