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Last Post 01-07-2014 1:15 PM by  SharonH
Advice on rescue grey needed please
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01-07-2014 12:35 AM
    A new grey arrived with us today 8 yr old sex unknown. Nice big cage with plenty of toys, pets at home parrot food and dreadful looking feathers. He/she also look a bit thin
    My main worry however is that he is quite stressed understandably but I'm not sure what is best to do to help him. He's in the conservatory with my other two a grey and a galah he can see them but isn't next to them. I've been in and out and quietly spoken to him. He has talked a little but this evening but is running his beak across the bars and walking round the cage.
    I put some fruit and celery in his bowl but they e not been touched. Looking at him I would say he's prob never seen it before though!
    Have you any good advice to help me settle him in? And also how/ when to instigate contact and letting him out of his cage. He also arrived with gauntlet gloves ( poor creature) so I would say at a guess his personal space has been invaded on many occasions.
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    01-07-2014 8:47 AM
    Pro-Biotics for the stress,use your own body language to calm and settle him. Grin a lot. A lot. Grinning changes the shape of your eyes from round to almond shaped, which is content/non-threatening in bird terms. Aloe Vera Juice in his water and in the spray. If you have a handleable bird, particularly a Grey, handle/cuddle your bird in front of the new one. Let him see your bird enjoys it, is not scared by it. Are you sure he doesn't need to be in quarantine? Good food and the Aloe Vera should sort out the feathers in time. Whereabouts are you?
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    01-07-2014 8:53 AM
    I'm afraid this doesn't answer your question but if it was me, I wouldn't have put him in with the other birds yet - I would have quarantined him elsewhere first. OK I know we at our homes know we can't keep them without them sharing the same Air Space but in a bedroom upstairs and as far away from the other birds as possible would be best for next time.
    I am sure you are right about his Celery - probably seen nothing but Crap Pets at Home seed all his life so getting him to eat fruit/veg will be a struggle. I would leave him be for 48 hours before trying to do anything with him. As he came with a gauntlet (aaaargh!!) he is probably a biter so you will need to grit your teeth and accept the bites. Eventually he will learn that biting gets him nowhere but do try to read his body language to avoid being bitten where you can. I think the usual tips of offering food from your hand will help in time and start off with through the bars and then progress to opening the cage door and offering food from your hands in his territory. This is going to be very much a case of softly softly catchy monkey so don't expect instant results. It will take a long time but believe me when I say you will make small successes along the way and they are soooo rewardning. Good Luck!
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    01-07-2014 9:04 AM
    Quarantine would have been a good idea but in my postage stamp of a house that gap was literally the only place other than the bathtub!
    I have probiotics in so I'll add those to the water.
    He desperately needs a good spray but would that not upset him?
    I clicker trained my other parrot to get him to like me, not entirely sure he does but he likes the treats!!
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    01-07-2014 1:15 PM
    As others have said, I'd leave him be for at least a day. Let him get used to the sights/sounds of the house. Let him see the others interacting with you and eating. If he's receptive, play games, the head tilting one, or even peekaboo. That means you'll be seen as someone fun, and unthreatening.

    Don't be in a rush to try to handle him, you can rely on their curiosity to let them come to you rather than pushing them into being handled before they are ready.

    Good luck and keep us informed of progress.
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