Its now been a week since I picked up my two African Grey Parrots, and I must say it has been a rollercoaster of emotions.
These birds are extremely frightened of me and I have really struggled to come to terms with what is going to be an uphill struggle. I wanted two affectionate parrots, and I now realise I am going to have to work hard to get them.
I will try and break down the birdie behaviour over the past week, and maybe you guys can predict how much of a challenge I am going to have.
DAY 1 5:45pm - BIRDS COME HOME

The two birds cling to the back top corner of the cage all evening and don't touch a drop of food or water. They are absolutely terrified of anyone approaching the cage, and "hands in the cage" is a nightmare - wings flapping, growling and screeching. I start to dread my purchase...
DAY 2

The birds are now sitting on the perch and whistling to each other every few hours. They are starting to eat and drink, and seem quite active. When I leave the room, they chip up much more and seem to be having a great time together. When I enter the room, they chill out and sit still as if trying to hide from me. Approaching the cage still results in screeching & growling, and hands in the cage is still a no go.
DAY 3, 4 & 5

My first "work days". Man, these guys are having a riot when I am out - came back each day to food dishes "thrown" all over the cage, a £13 STRONG wooden toy chewed to bits, and white feathery bits all over the place - NIGHTMARE!!!! My Dyson has never seen so much action! When I come in from work, very similar to Day 2 - they chirp up when I am out of the room, and are extremely quiet when I am in the room. Still cant get my hand in the cage without a fuss. They seem to like a mixed seed diet, but wont touch my fresh fruit or vegetables. I will persist with feeding it to them, and hope they will soon start to eat it.
Day 6

Day 6, the birds seem to be settling a little more in front of me. They no longer scatter when I come in the room, and in fact, I can approach the cage and they will perhaps stay on the perch without moving. I may get a warning screech or two, and if my hands go in the cage, they continue to growl.
DAY 7 (Today)

The birds are definitely chilling out a little more, they are quite happy playing amongst themselves with their toys, and seem to be eating lots of seeds and drinking a fair bit of water. They continue to throw all their small metal food containers to the ground, leaving only two large dishes, one with mixed seed and dried veg, the other with fresh water.

I am able to get my hand in the cage to replace food containers with very little growling, however if I get too close to them, they growl.

Having read an article, I tried the following. I removed one bird from the cage, with the aid of a towel, and took it to our small downstairs toilet. The room is tiny. I sat for fifteen minutes with the bird hiding under the towel. I slowly shushed its growls, and softly petted it on the head through the towel. There was a lot of growling, but eventually it was silent under the towel and allowing me to directly rub its head. I eventually removed the towel, and managed to keep the bird calm with my hand providing a sort of canopy for his head. I felt like I had made real progress.
The birds are now settled for the night.
I am looking forward to taming these little buggers over the next wee while, any tips and advice is greatly appreciated guys.
Regards,
Gary.
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Gary,
There is a pattern to whats happening. It's called Time! Give them time, lots of it. Don't push the issue just leave them be eventually they will come to accept the new surroundings and you. Then start with them accepting you in close proximity. Hang out near the cage read a book, talk to them like you would a family(flock)member. Do it on their time not ypur agenda. Slow and easy.
Dave
To give you an idea of what kind of time you are looking at for what you might deem progress, think of an initial "getting to know you period" as STARTING with 6 months.
They're very smart. They're also "prey", and you are one big scary predator until then come to know you.
any tips and advice is greatly appreciated guys. Regards, Gary.

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There is a pattern to whats happening. It's called Time! Give them time, lots of it. Don't push the issue ... book, talk to them like you would a family(flock)member. Do it on their time not ypur agenda. Slow and easy.

Thanks,
I actually have the cage right behind where I sit in my livingroom, in the corner of the room. I am extremely close to them when seated. I have definately seen a marked improvement over the seven days, I presume it will just get better as time goes on.
Thanks,
G.
To give you an idea of what kind of time you are looking at for what you might deem progress, think of an initial "getting to know you period" as STARTING with 6 months.

Wow man Emotion: smile
They're very smart. They're also "prey", and you are one big scary predator until then come to know you.

Poor blighters.
G.
Its now been a week since I picked up my two African Grey Parrots, and I must say it has ... HOME DAY 2 DAY 3, 4 & 5 Day 6 DAY 7 (Today) Regards, Gary.

How does time work in your world?
On the 16th of July you were asking if you should by two african greys. Then 5 days later on the 21st of July you're telling us about the first
7 days with the birds.

Just exactly how sad and lonely are you that you need to run to usenet to tell the people you were trying to hide something from about your birds because they are the only ones in your life who may possibly care?
So can we assume that you also bought the amazon you mentioned?

ZQ
I must admit, only after buying the birds did I learn of the time involved.

Regards,
Jim.
I must admit, only after buying the birds did I learn of the time involved. Regards, Jim.

Oh yes. It's a lifetime :-)
Steve
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