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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2010, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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I am a new member, I have a 3 yr old African Grey, when I take her out of the cage she will drop her wings and cry like a baby. What does this mean?
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Hello, Gareth,

When did your grey begin this behavior? How long have you had her? How long does she continue with the behavior once outside of her cage?


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I have had my Grey 3 years, she is about 3 years 6 months old, she has been doing this a while now, and always when she is on my arm.
I do not think any thing is wrong just more curious than anything esle.
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Gareth,
I have no idea, but I have a baby grey myself, not yet home from the pet store, and I am very curious about this, so I will ask around.

If nothing is wrong, perhaps it is just something that has been accidentally reinforced? However, I want to ask other people who have greys to see if anyone else has heard of it and can offer a better explanation.


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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - just a thought Gareth - is she "eliciting your attentions?" In other words, is she asking you if you'd like to mate with her?


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She loves you and wants to be "buddies". We have a pionus,and she does the same thing to my husband. Silly birds!
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Yeah She loves you very much. Does she regurgitate for you? Goober tries on occasion and I'm trying my best to keep from reinforcing it.

You may want to avoid petting her back, wings, or body especially her lower back as those will encourage mating behaviors. In the wild, only a bird's mate will spend long periods of time preening them, especially preening the body. Stick to petting just her head until she's able to 'calm down' a bit. Also, since she's displaying mating behaviors, you may want to start her on a calcium supplement since there's the potential for her to lay an egg on you

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