Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indiana, USA
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Your grey may never develop this behavior. Some are always gentle.
However, I strongly believe in teaching the use of a transfer perch to all birds. Even birds who never bite sometimes fall behind things or fly up high, and a transfer perch can get into places easier than your hands can sometimes. Also, you never know when or if any individual bird might decide it doesn't want hands inside its cage. Who could blame any bird for that? Birds who don't want hands inside their cages but who already know how to use transfer perches don't have to be stressed when they are being taken out of their cages or put inside them. Then, there are the birds like Roni and Ashlynn, who sometimes simply bite. I can usually predict when Roni is getting ready to bite because she gets overly excited, and she usually laughs before she bites, but I can't always tell enough in advance to get her into her cage before she starts to display these warning signs, and once she starts giving the signals, unless she is right next to the cage it is not possible to return her to the cage before she actually bites. With the transfer perch, though, I can get her on that before she gets too wound up. Ashlynn is different. I am not good at reading her. I've asked a lot of people about reading greys, and I've learned that many people have difficulty reading when their greys are getting ready to bite, too. I haven't learned her signals well enough to always get her into a safe place before she becomes angry, so I use the transfer perch any time with her after she has been out of the cage for a while and I have to move her from place to place. It is also nice with birds who might bite others to have the transfer perch option available when others have to care for your birds.
I suspect you will get along with your grey a little better than I get along with Ashlynn. I love her dearly, but I find that I am intimidated by her. All of this is getting better between Ashlynn and I thanks to some advice that Jenny gave me recently. I admire people who are comfortable with the large birds. I'm not giving up on my relationship with Ashlynn, but I am now aware that I am more comfortable with birds Daisy's size and smaller.