Digby has been home since the 9th, I just haven't been able to update on it all yet!
I'm super happy with him and am just overjoyed. He is a blessing, truly. He settled in very quickly, and although he's still a little timid (as a lot of greys usually are anyway) both his old owner and I fully agree he has done remarkably well adjusting. We were both shocked at how easily he got comfortable with life here. He also seems to like me a lot more than I expected him to. Will step up most of the time with no problem, NEVER aggressive, and I do believe he really enjoys my company as he seems to protest when I leave the room (making annoying sounds). He sometimes decides that he does not want to step up at a certain time (he's picky) but his body language is very easy to read and I never force him. I usually leave him be or find a way to encourage him in a positive way. The only time he "bites" is if he is scared; the only sort of bite I received wasn't much of a bite at all. It was just him holding my finger in his beak as a warning, there was no pressure in it really at all. He was just sending a message. It really goes to show he's quite a sweet bird, he's just grown timid and nervous over the past year from all the changes in his life.
When it comes to his plucking/chewing, I haven't seen him do it at all since he arrived. I could be wrong, maybe he has, but I'm pretty sure he hasn't. I know sometimes just a big change in environment can really help a habit like that in birds. Not always, but it certainly does at times. So I am pleased with that as well.
I've been trying to vary his diet as much as possible and introduce him to new foods. His favorites are raw macaroni noodles and Cheez-It crackers (I hardly ever give him any, if I do, I scrape off the excess salt as well). Many things I hand him myself, he just gets moody and throws, but those two things he just cannot refuse haha. His "main" food is Roudybush pellets, if you were wondering. In addition to that he's given fresh greens, veggies, some grains and even a little fruit daily. (He likes bananas...He also likes to play with banana; throw it all around and make a mess.)
I do plan on clicker training him, the reason being, all birds are smart, but especially African Greys. They really shouldn't just be sitting and doing nothing all day. That can lead to so many issues; plucking, chewing, mutilating, excess stress and anxiety. In the wild, a bird would be using their brains constantly, by searching for food, foraging, determining what's safe and unsafe, being alert to their surroundings, calculating distance and landing while flying. They would be socializing with each other, finding mates, building relationships of sort, raising young. They would be exercising plenty, flying miles and miles in a day, climbing trees, consistently moving around. All these things (and more!) need to really be taken into consideration when caring for a parrot. They are not simple animals to care for (you should all know that by now!) and so being a responsible owner means not doing what's convenient for your own life and schedule, but doing what's appropriate and healthy for theirs. It's what you took on. Replicating what they would be doing in the wild is a good way to keep them busy and healthy. Clicker training will be very beneficial for Digby as it gives more meaning to the time we spend together. It will get him to use his brain and get him really thinking. That has been proven to eliminate a lot of stress and anxiety that a bird may build up if neglected or severely bored. I'm getting a lot of help from Daisy (catalinadee) for this as she adores training birds. I plan on starting by "charging" the clicker (showing him that the sound of a click means a reward) and then I will move onto target training, reinforcing "stepping up" and may even move onto more complicated things. It's good to challenge him. I will be training in very short but frequent sessions, always ending on a positive note. I know Digby is a smart bird and I see us progressing rather quickly.
So overall things couldn't be better with Digby. I love him to death and I am so happy to have him here.