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Nov 06, 2010
thanks
by: sheryl

thanks. we have removed all human food, we've been lucky in the sense that our AG is so friendly and will sit with you and fly to you all day. But i think this has caused us to encourage bad habits and he wants everything we touch especially the phone and the tv remote.
But we've had to be cruel to be kind and put him in his cage if we're eating because it was getting to the stage if he saw us with anything he wanted it too and would fly onto your plate if you didn't give him anything-we did try giving him his food, but he's not daft and knew it wasn't the same. i read somewhere on this site not to give him spinach??why?? does harrisons ship abroad??
i was also wondering when he is sitting preening his feathers there seens to be abit of what looks like waxy dandruff-is this normal??

Editor's note: Yes, dandruff is normal after preening.

Nov 01, 2010
why is my african grey scared of its own feathers?
by: Linda

Tea, coffee and milk are all poisons for birds as is tobacco and other smoking items. A bit of the tea and milk would not hurt him though.

It appears there may something else causing this nervous behavior. If he is eating ANY people food, please stop giving him that because people food is poison for a bird because of all the salt, sugar and fat. If he is not eating a high quality organic pelleted diet, then you need to change him over, and I'll put a link for that in here. Sunflower seeds are addictive and make birds extremely nervous. Lots of parrots will eat nothing but sunflower seeds, and this is akin to us eating only fat, sweet foods all the time. An all seed diet is bereft of any valuable nutrition even with the addition of vitamins and minerals. The vitamin supplements they sell are not easily digested by a bird's body just like with humans, and so bird is still slowly starving to death. Good skin and feather condition starts with a good diet, and there are several organic pellets out here. We use Harrisons, and it is Avian Vet endorsed, so that would be a good place to start.

I would also suggest that you have bird checked out by an Avian Vet to make sure he has no infections or problems with any organs which will require basic bloodwork. Before making any changes in diet, this exam is a must.

Here is link on how to go about changing from seeds to organic pellets written by an Avian Vet:
Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Thanks for writing, and let us know how everything goees.

Linda

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