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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-01-2010, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Our African Grey..

we bought our African Grey yesterday her names Georgia and shes a year and a half, we got old told shes abit tame, we heard her talk today..
but when my boyfriend went to get her out she coward away, is it cause shes nervous, and has anyone got any advice?
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I wouldn't just dive right in and try and go in the cage. I would spend a lot of time generally going near to the cage and talking to her. The more you do it the more she will get used to hearing you and seeing you. Hopefully she will stop being as shy and wont hide from you.
After she seems more interested in you you can try feeding her through the bars using her favourite treat. Try a grape that usually works. Don't do this too much as you don't want to rush into things. Continue doing that for a little while every day and hopefully she will start to see you're not a threat.
After that start to open the door of her cage and attempt to feed her that way. Obviously this will include your whole arm so this may seem a bit intimidating to her.
After she is taking food off you happily you can then attempt to get her to step up onto you by placing the food just behind your hand. This way she knows that to get to her treat she has to use you as a stepping stone.
Keep trying that. It worked with my friends congo grey and blue and gold macaw when he had the same sort of trouble. I hope this helps
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Yeah, you need to be especially patient with your new bird. Even if the bird is very tame, it still might be quite shy when its in a new home with new and unfamiliar people.

Daisy gave very good information, pretty much everything I was thinking as I read your post. The trick is to take it slow and be patient and gentle.

Go slowly. Let your bird get used to its surroundings. Then, when it seems more comfortable, begin to talk or sing to it outside of the cage. After a while of doing that, you can try to feed her treats from your hand, then eventually moving onto sticking your hand in the cage. Never force her out of the cage or grab her. Try to avoid making sudden movements or loud noises.

Transitions can be hard on birds, so let her move at her own pace.

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Oh and of course, if you have any other pets, allow the bird to settle in first and get used to general surroundings until it seems to be comfortable and then you can slowly introduce other animals or anything other birds etc
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