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What am i doing wrong?

I've recently purchased a almost to be 4 month old african grey congo and have had him for almost 5 days. He screams and won't let him take him out... he bites me but doesn't hurt and just doesn't want to come out of his cage... i really want a tame bird and I'm trying everything from treats to just practicing step up outside of his cage when i can get him out

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Hi and welcome, He is scared, his whole world as he knew it has just fallen apart. Don't push him, give him some time to get used to things. Talk to him, feed him treats if he will accept them. Hopefully some of our grey owners will be on to give you some advice... Good luck.
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I agree, sounds like you're pushing him too much too fast. You need to let him come out on his own. In the mean time spend a lot of time just sitting by his cage, talking or reading to him, etc. Offer him treats but back off if he seems uncomfortable.
You need to build trust before he's going to come out and act normally and friendly with you.
Some birds are also just cage aggressive, so if you just leave the door to his cage open for him to come out on his own he might be perfectly fine once out.



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ok ill will he usually will step up when he wants to and accepts treats from me... ill back off, its just that i was reading an article that said to make sure he gets out when you want it to in a way to show him who the owner is but ill back off and continue to talk to him and give him treats. i was thinking about the clicker training but would i have to use it for the rest of his life?
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Clicker training is awesome, and Parrots are basically the same as Dogs in the regard that once they learn a "trick" or command with the clicker, they're likely to listen to you and do said command without the clicker.



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do you know any good websites that will explain clicker training process? thanks for replying
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Please let your parrot settle and begin with clicker training later.
At the age of 4 months he is still very young. He has just lost his parents and sibblings, everything is new for him, especiallly his new featherless flatmate.
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Please let your parrot settle and begin with clicker training later.
At the age of 4 months he is still very young. He has just lost his parents and sibblings, everything is new for him, especiallly his new featherless flatmate.
ThiS is true however he can start with basic clicker training and build trust at the same time... I would approach the cage and if he is willing to take a treat I would click and treat right away... If he is not willing to take from your fingers I would click and drop the treat in a dish and step back... He will soon associate the click with a treat and you with both. Talk soothingly and calmly to him... Sit by the cage and read a book out loud, tell him your deepest darkest secrets, tell him about your day etc.. He will come around.
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ok ... will do thank you guys very much I've had parakeets all my life and had no problem with them..... this is my first "big" parrot so ill definitely go slow thanks again for ur replies i really appreciate it.
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he came out of its cage today.. still hit and miss with the step up been giving him a lot of treats.... hoping for a change in his behavior and won't cut my finger off when he wakes up
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try not offering your finger to step up... Offer the back of your fist or your arm... Less things to bite...lol
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lol Leo is a handful.... he will immediately start climbing up his cage weather its a finger, fiest or anything he wants to come out on his own terms and everywhere i read they say thats a no no
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Wish I could be of more help, I have no grey experience just small parrot experience.
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Its ok i have to be patient and hopefully he will come out its barely been a week that i got him so things will get better ..... CROSSING MY FINGERS
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ok ill will he usually will step up when he wants to and accepts treats from me... ill back off, its just that i was reading an article that said to make sure he gets out when you want it to in a way to show him who the owner is but ill back off and continue to talk to him and give him treats. i was thinking about the clicker training but would i have to use it for the rest of his life?
I don't know who wrote that article but lets grab them out of their home and force them into an uncomfortable situation and see exactly how they like it! You should never use 'tough love' with a parrot, IMO. They're extremely sensitive creatures and respond well to positive re-enforcement. Although I haven't written in my blog for a while, do give it a quick glance over. I tried to write as simple as possible about clicker training, charging the clicker and target training etc. so it's worth a quick read Don't push, try clicker and target training and just take plenty of time. They're probably not nearly settled enough yet. They're just a baby after all

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I don't know who wrote that article but lets grab them out of their home and force them into an uncomfortable situation and see exactly how they like it! You should never use 'tough love' with a parrot, IMO. They're extremely sensitive creatures and respond well to positive re-enforcement. Although I haven't written in my blog for a while, do give it a quick glance over. I tried to write as simple as possible about clicker training, charging the clicker and target training etc. so it's worth a quick read Don't push, try clicker and target training and just take plenty of time. They're probably not nearly settled enough yet. They're just a baby after all


so hes improving he's actually climbing out his cage, swimming like tarzan with his toy thats hanging and is just a bundle of joy.. i let him be i don't have it in me to just pull him out when i want to lol
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Hi godsrummer209, like it has been said already, give Leo space and time. He has to feel secure in his new home and life. It takes almost every parrot no matter their age when first getting them time to adjust to new people and surroundings. Sometimes a parrot can easily take 6 months to a yr. More times that is a mature parrot that carries baggage from a previous home where they may not have been treated well. Hand fed babies usually come around much sooner with gentle care and understanding.

I brought my Blue Throated Macaw home on the 8th of this month. He is almost 7 months old. He was quite scared of me and his new home for the 1st few days. I didn't do anything more than talk sweetly to him and go into his enclosure to feed him and clean up. He would move to the opposite side and his cage is a 5'X5'X6'. The 2nd week he decided to venture out on his portable play perch that I would push up to his open door. I took him back to his cage the same way. Week 3 this past time off from work he decided I am his new Mommy, wants to be on me any time he sees me and wants a little comfort food. That is soft warm foods that feel to a baby like he is still getting fed by his parent which is me now.

Just thought I'd give you a little hope from my recent experience that Leo will come around when he decides it is safe and ok to do so. They really have to decide this on their own. It will happen and Leo will be eager to be with you and learn every thing he can.

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