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WARNING – Please Be Aware

If you are looking to re-home your parrot, please always use a reputable Parrot Rescue Organisation.

Always check to ensure the organisation you wish to use is registered with an approved organisation such as ‘The Charities Commission’ or ‘Companies House’.

We do know of some so called ‘Parrot Rescues’ who are taking in birds, and then re-selling them despite what their web sites states.

  
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Last Post 17-04-2017 10:56 AM by  Dave V
Hello from Woodbury Salterton near Exeter
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19-03-2017 6:15 PM

     

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    My name is Ros and I'm new to Birdline.  I attended the Pop Up last week at Ashburton and really enjoyed it.  I have two African Greys named Morgan who is 15 months ad Flint who is 10 months.  I'd love to keep in contact with anyone in the area and maybe meet up as I don't know anyone else with birds.  I'd especially like advice on keeping two male birds together.  Morgan is becoming a real biter and draws blood.  I've read books, watched videos, enrolled in webinars, kept a diary and followed instructions but not much seems to help.  Just as I think I have got through a day with no bites, he'll catch me unawares!  Keep in touch!

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    20-03-2017 11:28 AM
    Hello, Ros, welcome to Birdline. There are lots of African Grey groups on Facebook, might be worth joining for information. Perhaps Morgan is either hormonal, or moulting, or both. Does he prefer men? Your birds will teach you as you go along. Don't believe anybody that tells you they know it all - no-one does. Try giving Morgan chamomile tea, it's a calmant, and will, at worst, do nothing. At best, it will settle him down a bit. Develop a strong routine - essential for all parrots, but particularly Greys, and learn to read body language. You'll manage, and, in the long run, you'll better than manage. Everything takes lots of time with Greys...
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    02-04-2017 1:44 PM

     

    Thank you Doddie. I'll try the Camomile tea.  They both love warm herbal tea first thing in the morning.  They especially love rosehip and red berries. Morgan has been moulting a bit for the last couple of months. This will be his first moult so perhaps that's got something to do with it. I have bought some Rescue Remedy for animals and have given him a couple of drops of that in his water, which may help.  Regardless of how many bites I get they more than make up for it with the pleasure I get from them and hearing them talk, which is hilarious at times.  I had them DNA sexed and they are both supposed to be males but Flint is definitely showing mating behaviour with Morgan and tries to get on his back.  Is this normal??  Flint isn't quite a year old yet!

     

    Thanks for responding Doddie.  It's good to be in touch with another parrot fan :-).  

     

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    02-04-2017 5:24 PM
    Ros, both your boys are still very young. They can bond even if they are two males. I would keep them in separate cages, they will make it clear when/if they want to share their space. You need to learn body language - 9 times out of 10 bites are the result of not watching body language enough ... Moulting can be a difficult time for birds - the new feathers coming through can make them uncomfortable. I use Aloe Vera Juice (from Holland & Barrett) in the water here, which helps them quite a lot. You need to find a reason why you're getting bitten. If you can tell from the body language there's a risk of a bite, you can avoid it! Have a look at the African Grey Club on FB, they're quite good on recommending food, etc. which also helps. What food do you give them? Lots of pet shop mixes are actively bad for them. Any seed mix with peanuts in is bad, for instance. Remember that you need lots and lots of patience with birds. Dogs are easier (and quicker) to train ... Routine is essential, it's almost a security thing, birds are happier knowing what's going to happen, how and when, and who. Enjoy - you're going to have a lifetime of love and fun with these two.
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    16-04-2017 5:07 PM

    Many thanks for all you advice.  It's very helpful.  I am using P15 pellets with treats of sesame sticks or garlic sticks. They love pomegranate seeds, peas, beans, pasta etc.  They love cashew nuts so they have a couple of them in foraging toys.  Yes, I agree about the body language.  Sometimes he fine and others, when I am invading his space, or when he is playing and excited by something, he can give me quick bite.  I am happy to keep learning and keep reading about them.  It's really good to know you're there :-).

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    16-04-2017 5:47 PM

    Just keep trying and trying. If it's plain that you're about to get bitten, back off, try later. Did you find the African Grey Club? There are lots of people on there that know Greys very well, and will be able to give you advice.Are you sure the birds are both males? One trying to climb on the other could be a dominance thing, as well as sexual behaviour. How do they get on with each other when they're out at the same time? Do they ignore the other bird, or go sit or play with the other bird?Or are there signs of aggression?

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    17-04-2017 10:56 AM
    Try contacting Suzanne Connett. She is your Senior Rescue Manager and quite experienced with Greys. (suzanne@birdline.org.uk)
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