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Old 08-21-2014, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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Digby's Here!

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.




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We demand photos!

So glad to hear that he's doing so well Abby He has been so funny on the last few Skype sessions we have had with his noises! He definitely likes to show off, or at least talk over me I'm also very glad to hear that you're going to be working on that training with him! You'll both benefit from it

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Great news Abby!! I was so worried that this would fall thru and you would be majorly dissapointed yet again.... So happy to hear he is settling in well. Has he been DNAed? It's he male for sure? Does he talk? Very very happy for you!
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That's so great to hear (: I bet you're just over the moon having him home. I agree with Daisy, we demand pictures! Can't wait to hear more about your progress with him and how he adjusts in the coming months.



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Abby, you finally got the parrot of your dreams: Digby, the African Grey.
I'm so happy for you, and I'd love to see a nice picture of him.
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I am happy to hear that he is settling so nicely and am eager for the continued reports of his adjustment to his new home.

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Great news Abby!! I was so worried that this would fall thru and you would be majorly dissapointed yet again.... So happy to hear he is settling in well. Has he been DNAed? It's he male for sure? Does he talk? Very very happy for you!
When I was on Skype with Abby he was making all sorts of unusual and hilarious sounds! Occasionally I heard what we thought was him talking but at the time we had no idea what he had said I'm sure he's probably talking up a storm for Abby at the moment now he's pretty settled with her!

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need some pics of digby, pleasepondmaster
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So happy for you and Digby!


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I didn't see any of these posts! How could I have missed them?!? Thank you everyone for your support! You're all so awesome!

Digby has settled in fine. He's very comfortable here.

Unfortunately, I had been quite busy the past week. Digby had two lovely red tail feathers growing in, and it looks as if he has plucked them. I was mortified when I saw.

Yesterday I made some delicious-looking CHOP. I spent hours on it with a friend of mine who's always been very supportive and interested in my birds. It turned out amazing. He will be on a much, much better, consistent varied diet now that I can provide him with the CHOP everyday. (I made a TON!) I'm working on getting him to eat it now. I put a little bit in a tiny glass bowl and have been feeding him bits and pieces, showing him that I'm eating it (even though I'm not, haha) and offering the whole thing to him every now and then. His curiosity is starting to take over. He eats the beans and corn I hand him, and he picked at the rice/grains a few times, but hasn't fully began chomping on it haha. It shouldn't take much more effort. I can tell he really wants to eat it, he's just timid.

I'm about to post some pictures for you guys.




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Did I miss the photos ?

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Ooops. No, you didn't, I haven't uploaded them. Haha!




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