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Is this normal?

Hi there! I was lucky enough to bring home a GCC yesterday from a breeder. She is about 8 weeks old and I am so lucky to have her. I named her Mango by the way lol. Anyway I have a few questions and I was hoping to get some insight.

First of all the breeder told me that she does not like to sleep with her cage covered up and seems to be afraid of the dark. I have tried the last 2 nights to cover her cage and she starts screeching whenever I do it. When I remove the cover she calms down. I do cover the cage just not the front of it as we always leave a light on in the living room where her cage is. I have tried not covering her cage and just turning all the lights off and the screeching starts back up. Poor baby! Is this normal?

She does a great job at "stepping up" onto my finger, however I have discovered that she does so just so she can get out of the cage. Getting her to "step down" is another story lol. You have to trick her to get her to go back into her cage. I have kept her out for many hours since coming home so that she can get to know me so I don't think I am socially neglecting her. But gosh is she stubborn about not wanting back in the cage!

Also I will leave the top of her cage open so that she can come out if she wants to and she always wants to. However once she is sitting on top of her cage she always goes to the edge and I am so afraid she is going to fall off of it. Her wings are clipped. Is there a perch or something I can perhaps buy that she can hang out on?

She is so full of personality! She like to sit on my shoulder and she gripes at me if I am doing something that she does not like. If I try to get her off my shoulder by trying to do the step up and she does not want to she makes noises and refuses to do it. I really feel like she is scolding me lol. Is this normal? She is not a loud bird unless I walk by her cage and she wants out and I don't get her out lol.

Is it possible to spoil her? I kinda feel like she is the boss in our relationship because I want to much to make her happy! Oh and how many toys are too many toys in her cage? I have 4 in there now and I think I may be overdoing it. The cage is 3 feet high by 2 feel wide. (I plan on getting a bigger cage soon)

Sorry for such a long post, I just want to learn as much as I can so that we can live a long and wonderful life together. Thanks in advance!

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First off Marla, welcome to the group. I don't cover any of my birds at all,and I keep a night light on/or my tv all night long, they don't like the dark. Its common. I have alot of birds that don't want to go back to there cages, they want to sta out and play, I just physcially pick them up and place them in there cage. You can get a rope perch to place on the outside of the cage, they fasten at each end. She's not really scolding you, she's mostly trying to get her way by bulling you. You need to establish that your the boss. They best way in my opinionis when she refuses, just pick her up anyway and let her complain, one she understands that yuo won't back down she'll stop. Most birds do this when you first bring them home, I just did this yesterday with my cockatoo. It is possible to spoil them, I have some of the most spoiled you could ever meet and I wouldn't have them any other way . Your cage size sounds fine to me, 4 toys is not to many, my birds have way more than that and my moms have even more than mine. I do though like to reange the cage every little bit to keep them entertained.
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A lot of birds don't like to be covered my CAG prefers not to be covered but if i am up late i will cover part of his cage so he can go a head a sleep my tiels i cover every night they prefer it and i also do it to keep their hormones down. she is testing you our feathered family are a lot like kids you let them have their way all the time they expect it all the time if you give her what she wants when she screams she will learn to scream louder and louder till she gets what she wants. Dusty (CAG) does not have a lot off toys maybe 5 but i try to change his around when i can my tiel on the other hand well here is a pic







and here is the top of their cage



and here is Dusty's cage





this is just an idea how i keep my cages now i have three tiels in that one cage and Dusty has his cage to himself of coarse
all my birds get out of cage time when my dog is not running around but if they do not behave they get a time out which means they go back in their cage. another thing is she may still be adjusting to and testing what her bounds are.

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My moms GCC is the same way... He thinks its his way or no way and if he bites i put him back in his cage for a few mins n ignore him even if he screams at me... Also if hes on my hand n decides to bite a gentle shake of my hand or a sound normally will deter his attention n he will forget that he was biting and will find something else to do like swing around on my window blinds opener...hope everyones advice helps u with mango... Congrats on her and welcome to the forum

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Welcome! Green cheeks HATE being put to bed. Mine have a good 5-10 minute scream when the lights go down but it does wear off. Taking it off will only give her a bad habit... I scream and you do what I want haha! Just persist, have a night light if you must I just drop my hand below a perch because birds almost always step on to the higher perch and it works a charm. Green cheeks make all kinda weird noises and they certainly do hate being removed from the best perch in the house (your shoulder) so yeah that's normal. My conures are clipped and they won't fall off the cage. Parrots have a brilliant grip and can climb very very well. Last but not least, I load my cage with toys and rotate them often to keep them happy. A large variety of things is the best!!! And a snuggle hut!

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Welcome to the forum. I have a GCC, a Hahns Macaw and a Parrotlet. Regarding covering their cages, I think it's all what they are used to. All 3 of mine are covered at night (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.), but have a night light. I use double bed sheets, and since the cages are so big, the sheets only cover the top half of the cages.

As soon as they are covered, my GCC and Parrotlet are immediately quiet, so I don't have any problems putting them to "bed". They stay quiet until they are uncovered. My Hahns Macaw will mumble softly to himself for about 15 minutes ("good boy", "night-night", etc) until he falls asleep.

Some birds do not want to be covered, and that's fine -- they're not covered when they live outside! A night light might help with being afraid of the dark.

GCC definitely want to be THE BOSS -- especially over YOU! And yes, you can spoil your bird, very easily. I've read that you shouldn't give a bird any more attention in the first 2 weeks than you plan on giving it for the rest of it's life. The bird will expect your undivided attention from them on. He needs to learn to play independently and entertain himself right from the beginning.

Hope this helps a little. Please post a picture or two of Mango when you can!

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Thanks so much for your responses! I will try to get some pictures in so that I can share with you. I think just from what I have read here that she is a Normal GCC and not a mutation.

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I also have a GCC, a parrotlet and 6 budgies. None of my birds are covered at night... they are all in HQ flight cages that are taller than me...lol I do leave a lamp with a 15 watt bulb burning in the corner of the room as a night light. My conure is tame and friendly with lots of big bird attitude. He thinks he is the boss and tries to push his weight around... it dosn't work for him...lol He used to get very nippy when fed treats... when the next one did not appear fast enough he would bite and squeal at me .. all that got him was back in the cage lickety split with NO treats...lol He learned not to do that fairly quick. They can be spoiled quite easy as they learn to control and steer you into doing what they want by bullying you... they also learn good behavior quickly but bad habits can be hard to break so best not to let them get started. My green cheek is fairly easy to disipline cuz he LOVES to be with his people... and a time out works well for him... as well as a gentle plop on the floor and ignoring for 2 minutes or so when he bites... he has not bitten for a couple of weeks now. My parrotlet could care less if he got a time out...lol and he is to small and delicate to put on the floor for a time out... so we just put up with his attitude!
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My budgies don't mind being covered. Hector lets out a few sad screeches and then goes to sleep.

Of course, now that he has picked up on my wolf call whistle, when he can tell I am awake in the morning, he lets out a few 'wooo-whoooos'! until I come in and hit the light and the cage cover lifted.
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Maxx my GCC never has a problem going to bed at night. He will climb into his happy hut at 7:30-8pm and doesn't make a peep after that. I cover his cage, which is also a big cage, with a sheet and the bottom quarter is not covered. He is completely quiet until I uncover him at 7 the next morning

There can never be too many toys in a cage

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Sounds like Maxx is just like my 3 -- no problems going "night-night" -- Charley and Libby even start staying "night-night" about 7 p.m. They're uncovered at 7 a.m. Not a peep out of them until then!

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Hey Bobioden, quick unrelated question.

That little 'cozy tent' in Maxx's cage...what size is it? Medium?

Been thinking of getting one for Hector and it looked like Medium was the right size and wanted to confirm.
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I got a small for my two and they BOTH fit in it fine! I got them a large because they try to squish up together and I thought they'd like the space but all they did was poop on it and go nowhere near it

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Hey Bobioden, quick unrelated question.

That little 'cozy tent' in Maxx's cage...what size is it? Medium?

Been thinking of getting one for Hector and it looked like Medium was the right size and wanted to confirm.
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Yes, it is a Medium. I was going to get the small but got talked out of it by the shop owner. I think either one would work.



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my marley likes to think he is the boss but he's weekness of loving being with me makes it easy to use time out

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