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Oh my little elm. What a guy. Now, I'm pretty sure he's moulting but not as visibly as my buddies moult...he also had a grumpy day today awww even his grumbly moods are loveable. Basically I think he's teething...is this possible? He wants to chew everything and proper work things over. Big plus though when he's working my finger a treat he seems to have realized the point of blood and HUGE pain and not passed this for 5 days huzzah. So gave him card, paper, he likes my hood, he is scared of all toys so far so gently gently. I'm sittibng there while he's eating said nut and observing me with great disdain lol then it falls from his little foot. I was at this time trying to introduce him to one toy, not directly, but by sitting nearby him where he was comfortable abd chewing it myself so he knew it was a ok (gosh if an outsider saw the thibngs I do, shredding paper, eating toys, pellets, I'd be carted off ha). So he drops nut, I put toy down put his nut back then he got very very cross at my hand, bit me, then banged his beak on it....oh elm don't be cross! Then, he turned his back on me! Oh the attitude Hahahaha. Anyway I didn't react just stayed vert still then walked upstairs to laugh about it to boyfriend (don't think I'm horrible I just fascinated by him and think I'm beginning to "get" him more) then went back, he hopped on my shoulder ans chewed my hood while I finished my work. All forgiven. I love that boy. He was six months last Sunday. Any observations/ideas/similar experiences? Let me know xxx
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I believe they go through their first molt at 4-5 months? Yes it makes them uncomfortable and crabby because they get very itchy and their body uses a lot of energy/nutrition to make new feathers. Just treat him the same and he'll go back to himself afterward. Maybe offer some eggs-protein will help rebuild feathers. Also bathing frequently helps with the itch. Do keep in mind that gccs are generally moody from what most people say. They are also beaky birds, so they use their beaks to explore a lot more than some other species.

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Ok I'll try the egg protein....should I boil an egg and give him whites? Thank you. He's generally a sweet little boy but we all have crabby days it's cool he's bathing like a pro poor Elmo it must Ve uncomfortable thank you for your reply xxx
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My green cheek gets grumpy when she's tired... She is also moulting now and gets grumpy if I touch a pinny the wrong way. As stated above greenies are very beaky and mouthy... They are always chewing on you or your clothing. This is not really something you can stop, you just try to control it, as in teach the bird ear lobes are not for nipping...lol mine will now hold my ear lobe in her beak gently and then sit there like that.
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Ok I'll try the egg protein....should I boil an egg and give him whites? Thank you. He's generally a sweet little boy but we all have crabby days it's cool he's bathing like a pro poor Elmo it must Ve uncomfortable thank you for your reply xxx
I think hard boiling is preferred because you use no oil, but if he won't eat it that way you can do scrambled with a spray of Pam. As long as he isn't eating it every day, the egg with yolk is fine on occasion.
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Mine always got crouchy when tired or moulting, I think it will pass

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Thanks guys, I don't mind him being a chewer at all as long as, like you say, he knows the boundaries so to speak. I shall be boiling an egg, thanks for the advice, always appreciated. Xxx
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