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Please, please help me with this behavior... I am at my wit's end and can't take it anymore. She is two years old and has been doing this for about 4 months. I am so frustrated with my baby that we are considering finding her a new home and the sole reason is the banging of her cage. She grabs the bars with her beak and pulls as hard as she can and makes the most horrible, annoying gong sound and we can't handle it.... she could squawk all day and it wouldn't bother me much (but she doesn't) but the cage rattling is driving me and my husband out of our minds. I though she did it for attention, but we've been trying to give her more and more and she still does it- she'll even do it right after I've placed her back in her cage or on the playtop after snuggling with her for an hour or more. She sleeps in a separate small sleeping cage and the FIRST thing she does when I set her on her play top in the morning is start pulling the holder of her water bowl- even if the water was just changed (I thought it might be a message).

Please, please, please help. How can I get her to stop doing this? Right now we are removing her and putting her in the sleep cage covered with a blanket when she's showing this behavior but it hasn't helped.

Avoiding Abandonment Issues?

I have a couple foster cockatiels, and they really connect well with my grandmother who has been wanting a bird(s). I think the arrangement may work out well for her and the foster birds.

What I am worried about is our african grey! He's 4 years old and has lived with his breeder, then with his first family (don't know if there was a petshop or other middle-person involved with that). The 1st family was neglectful and abusive and a 2nd family friend talked them into giving the bird up to them to foster. They couldn't keep him though, they just wanted to find him a better home. This is where we came in, having read about him online, feeling he was "the one" and driving 3 hrs to the middle of a cornfield in the middle of nowhere to get him. He has made some SSSSSSlLLLLLOOOOOWWWWW progress since we got in (Jan 1st 09) but still has numerous phobias, confidence issues, trust issue etc. So in his 4 years of life so far he has had at least as many humans, maybe more.

Now, he is not interactive with the cockatiels, but he watches them from his perch. If they suddenly leave this household, i'm worried the grey (Argle bargle is his name) will get scared that maybe we are going to send him away too.

What are common behaviours of greys who are feeling insecure about the permanence of their place in the family/household that I should watch for?
What if anything can I do to help reassure him that he has a home with us forever; that he isn;t going to be taken elsewhere yet again? Should he be shown the cockatiels in their new home, and then bring him back home with us- or will that just give a physical reality to another potential place he might be dumped off at?
A Woman In A Red Jacket Feeding A Parrot by Franz van Mieris the Elder just sold for 3.6 million pounds.

That's a fine-looking Grey she has there. But doesn't it look like it bit her before? She's got that white thing on her middle finger...
In case you were wondering what became of the proposed Alex memorial book...

it's on B&N's site now if anyone's interested.

Jun. 22nd, 2008

So I had a custom cake for my birthday and had to put Theener on it. Here's her reaction. And sadly she couldn't have any. But she had baklava ice cream, so she was happy.

And yes, you can macro the picture.
African greys looking for a home [Jun. 15th, 2008|05:11 pm]


I don't know if any of you are in the central NC area and looking for Congo African Greys, but My husband and I just saw a beautiful little pair for sale on the way out of my father-in-laws neighborhood. I spotted the cage for sale from the road and went to ask about it for our CAG and then realized there were two birds in it. It is a male and female pair ages 7 and 5. The male is ready to mate, but the female seems less interested so the male has plucked his neck some in the front. They are very friendly and speak both English and Spanish.

The couple who owns them is moving to Missouri and have to leave at 3am tomorrow morning. They are asking $1800 for the cage and both birds, but are negotiable because of the situation.

I would love to have them, but money is tight and we also feel like our current CAG is a bit of a lone bird so I don't know how she'd do with two new ones moving in on her. They even offered to sale me the male separately to mate with mine since their female hasn't been interested in his advances, but again, not sure how that would go with our current one.

Anyway, let me know if anyone in this area is interested and I can give you more info. It would be great if they could find a home here and not have to make the long move.

Crossposted to Parrot_Lovers.
Lost parrot tells veterinarian his address

TOKYO - When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught — recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help.

Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor's roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said.

He kept mum with the cops, but began chatting after a few days with the vet.

"I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, according to Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.

"We checked the address, and what do you know, a Nakamura family really lived there. So we told them we've found Yosuke," Uemura said.

The Nakamura family told police they had been teaching the bird its name and address for about two years.

But Yosuke apparently wasn't keen on opening up to police officials.

"I tried to be friendly and talked to him, but he completely ignored me," Uemura said.

not unusual


Article about a blue and gold macaw teaching two greys how to swear. The end says it's unusual b/c parrots are copying another parrot. If they heard what my timneh sounds like when she comes back from birdie camp (the parrot store we board her at, we call it birdie camp) they wouldn't say it's unusual at all. She has all kinds of new things to say and sounds to make. Including macaw screaming.

Green Tea Bag

My lovely parrot just loosed an unattended tea bag onto my carpet. I'm pretty sure she just chewed through the bag and didn't actually concentrate and eat any. How bad is this for the bird?

My grey vs My ficus

My 6 yo timneh is obsessed with my ficus plant. She spends her day plotting how to get to it. It isn't dangerous to her but I don't want her on it. Is there some plant y'all give your parrots to tear up and eat?