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  2. Vitamin D

    Hi...Avian sun lights for parrots are excellent...I can't remember how many years I have used them...These and the use of daylight bulbs will supply the needed ultraviolet light (fake sun) to take care of your Greys. Follow Timbersmom's good advice. Your irrelevant question (there are no irrelevant questions): ONLY feed human-grade unsalted roasted peanuts. I personally re-roast them again at 350 degrees to make sure they are safe. Jayd
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    Hello jayd tnx for answering , the problem is that winter here is very cold for grey parrots and i cant open the window and sun is weak, also our windows are made from tinted glasses so they make the situation even worse 😬 are you sure spectrum light is ok for parrots? By the way i have a irrelevant question is unshelled peanuts ok for parrots?
  4. One of Joe's favorite new spot is Jay's walker which we keep close so he can use it whenever he has to stand, etc. This is especially good for Joe since he shares all of Jay's (and our) meals from this spot other than Jay's shoulder... ... Just a little background...when we first got Joe, he would constantly bite his nails (talons) out of nervousness or anxiety and it took a few years for him to stop. Now, he has begun this again whenever he wants us to help him or if we refuse to give him something that he wants...he has learned that this triggers a guilt trip in me......The other evening, Jay was having a hamburger (something that has not happened for many weeks) and Joe was told he could not share that...thus the angst...I grabbed the phone and got some funny photos of him trying the nail-biting, guilt-trip, angst-driven behavior...too funny!
  5. Prayers Please...

    Hi all...(Maggie typing for Jay)...I am stable...I had to do a post I miss you all and thank you for your prayers. Love, Jay
  6. Vitamin D

    Hi, (Maggie writing for Jay), Timbersmom is right on and thank you neoow. The sunlight puts out Vitamin D even when it is cloudy so any amount of outside is good for a Grey. Just remember to acclimate your FID for the outside temperature difference. A Grey has an uropygial gland above their sweet red tail....when they preen, they use their beak to spread the oil to the base of the feathers. A Grey absorbs calcium/D supplements very poorly so no supplements please..Most D is absorbed through the body through sunlight....Over the years I have found that if you use daylight bulbs 6500K, it supplies the ultraviolet light necessary along with an avian bulb. Love you, Jay
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  8. I'm glad you found it helpful! Keep asking questions and keep reading the forums. Everyone here will be happy to help. Answers might be slow as we are a little quiet around here at times but there are many knowledgeable members here who WILL help when they see your posts.
  9. Vitamin D

    The last vet's comments weren't very helpful because, as you mentioned, sunlight through a window won't do much good at all. Avian sun lights are a good investment if your bird is not going to be able to go outside much/at all.
  10. Hi again Erfan I already mentioned 'grey time' in my previous response to one of your threads. There is a really good thread on these forums which is worth a read: It is a long thread (70+ pages!) but goes into a lot of detail about Katana's experiences with bringing an African grey parrot home and learning all about what 'grey time' is and means. This thread is well worth a read and may help you with your bird. Everyone here is extremely helpful and supportive and there is a wealth of information on these forums about how to look after and care for your new addition. As I mentioned before the best thing to do is to step back a bit and give your grey some time to adjust to the new surrounding and environment. Keep calm and be patient. It will be a learning process for you both!
  11. Help PHOEBE Stuck repeating......

    Ignore and find a phrase you would like.
  12. Vitamin D

    I use an avian sun light for Timber. It is important to give them UVA and UVB rays if sunlight isn't available. This is the one I use: https://smile.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Aviansun-Deluxe-Floor/dp/B01M6DIDB2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1519399048&sr=8-4&keywords=avian+sun+floor+lamp This is the bulb alone, but make sure if you don't get the lamp that you have an appropriate fixture to hold the bulb. https://smile.amazon.com/Aviansun-Compact-Fluorescent-Bulb-Pack/dp/B00TNHLTEW/ref=pd_bxgy_199_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00TNHLTEW&pd_rd_r=3E85BWPMTVT345FP41HF&pd_rd_w=bMUuf&pd_rd_wg=ly876&psc=1&refRID=3E85BWPMTVT345FP41HF Also read the instructions carefully. These bulbs have a "burn in" time when they need to be farther from the bird. They are also only good for six months before you need to replace the bulb, even though still comes on. It losses it's ray generation capabilities apparently. Another word of warning, reptile lights and others aren't suitable for birds, so if you don't get this one, be careful what you buy. I'm not sure what you have access to in your area.
  13. If you have a wild caught grey then you really need to take it slow, this bird has been ripped from where it called home in the wild and now it is spending his days in a cage, that is a huge difference. As others have said grey time is slow time and that means weeks, months and maybe even years before you can gain his trust. When you sit nearby his cage don't ignore him as that hate to be ignored, talk to him, read a book to him in a soft voice, let him get used to you being around, believe me he will want to be by your side when he does learn to trust you. Take it slow and easy, when he allows you to be closer offer him a treat, something he loves. Please do read thru some of the threads to get more ideas and suggestions that worked for others with similar situations but don't get discouraged by the lack of visible progress as it is in baby steps, it will require great amounts of patience but trust me the reward will be ever so sweet no matter how long it takes.
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    Hi 👋 first I want to thank whoever helped me and replied to my topics. Im very curious about vitamin D i know it produces when the bird is exposed to sunlight but actually my room is not exposed to the sun , and if the birds don’t have sufficient vitamin D their body cannot absorb calcium, so i asked a vet he told me , “use multivitamins and also use powder of cuttlebone and eggshell and sesame in his food”. Another vet told “me use spectrum light above his cage “, and another vet told me “i dont suggest spectrum light just change his place where there’s sunlight” ( and last one is a little bit weird because , it is winter. And sunlight is weak and cannot pass through glasses , ) too many different ideas:/ what do you think guys? Plz let me know . And sorry for mistakes in my topic im not a native English person
  16. Well unfortunately they catch the parrots from the nest and smuggle them in my country so these parrots are not at a good condition actually i posted my wild caught African grey growls. By the way, thanks 🙏 for answering.
  17. 17 days is a very short time for an AG. Here on the forum, we call it "grey time" because you have to let them take things at their speed. It often takes months for a bird who is bred in captivity to adjust to a new home. Brace yourself for the fact that it will probably take many months of adjustment. Remember that he is terrified. They are prey animals in the wild, and he has no reason to believe you don't mean him harm. Speak to him in a calm, gentle voice and try not to make sudden moves or enter the room suddenly. If he whistles or clicks, whistle and click back. I'd be whistling before I enter his room. That's how my bird and I first started communicating. If you posted as to why you have a wild-caught grey I missed it. I assume it was a rescue situation?
  18. Hello guys , well , i made a mistake unfortunately , I thought if i sit next to his cage and dont pay attention to him he will stop growling and screaming but seems i was wrong and now he is scared of me much worse i dont really know what I should do to take that little trust back , and now when ever i go to my room he starts growling:/ any tips guys ? My parrot is 1y and about 2 months and i have him/her about 17 days
  19. Help PHOEBE Stuck repeating......

    A couple things you can almost count on with greys. 1. They will get stuck on a sound or phrase that you don't like. 2. They will not say the things you want them to say. Just don't react in any way when your bird says the phrase you want to get rid of and he'll eventually get tired of it and move on to the next favourite.
  20. Gilbert is home

    Hey, how are you feeling these days? Is Gilbert taking good care of you?
  21. Unwelcome House Guest!!!

    Food from someone else's dish always tastes better!
  22. Help PHOEBE Stuck repeating......

    Maalik's stuck on a phrase my son always says to him: 'Hi Chicken!" After which he burps.
  23. Help PHOEBE Stuck repeating......

    Greys will pick and choose what they like to repeat, sometimes its the way it is said that they like but there is not much you can do to discourage the repeating of certain words but ignore it and definitely do not laugh or give any reaction when the particular word or words are repeated as that will only encourage them to continue.
  24. Your your answer was really beautiful , actually it changed my point of view . Thank you so much 😊
  25. Help PHOEBE Stuck repeating......

    Alfie learned how to yell my name in my dad's voice recently because my dad was helping out in the garden and kept calling me when he needed a hand or wanted something. It caught me out the first time as I thought my dad was back in my house calling me!
  26. Dorian's New Toy

    Alfie doesn't want to know me until he has demolished all of his boxes Perhaps I should start getting creative and make something like this as well to give him a bit of variety in what he has to shred!
  27. I've just responded to your other thread which looks like a copy of this one, but I'll paste my response here in case the other gets removed for any reason: Hello and welcome to the forums! There is a lot of information already available that may help you out with this. First off, you have a wild animal. More so, your bird was taken from the wild, away from other birds and stuffed in amongst humans. This is a MAJOR change for any animal to adapt to. I'm not sure of the history of the bird but you have only known him/her for 14 days. That's nothing at all. Your bird is not like a dog or a cat. Parrots are not domesticated animals and therefore they will not readily accept humans like a dog or a cat might. The process of getting your bird to trust you enough to accept you will be a long and winding road with lots of ups and downs along the way. What you'll quickly learn along the way is that African grey's operate in their own time. Around here, we call it "grey time". 14 days in "grey time" is nothing. It could take weeks and months for your grey to adapt the changes that have happened recently. You cannot force a grey to do anything it doesn't want to do. You have to let the grey work in it's own "grey time" as every bird is unique and will adapt and learn in it's own unique way. At the moment, you need to take a step back and view things from the parrots perspective. Slow it right down. Don't try and force the parrot to do anything that's out of his/her comfort zone. Obviously you need to feed and water the parrot but other than that all interactions should be done from a distant where you parrot does not scream and growl. Talk to the parrot, read books out loud in ear shot of the parrot. Let them get used to your voice and slowly get used to your physical presence. Everything should be kept calm and controlled. No sudden noises or movements where possible. Always work at the birds pace and watch and learn to know when the bird is comfortable or scared/angry. For example, my grey has known my current housemate since 2011. It has taken them that long to bond to a point where they can interact with each other. To be fair, my housemate also needed his own "grey time" to adapt to living with a parrot, but it took months of interactions between them before my grey trusted my housemate enough to sit on his knee and accept fuss from my housemate like he does with me. There will be other members who can add a lot more than I can about this and will be able to advise better than I ever could. However, in the meantime I would recommend you take a look around the forums and threads that already exist to learn more about your bird. They are truly remarkable animals and the smallest breakthrough will seem like you've just won the lottery. It is worth the patience and perseverance!
  28. Hi, I bought a wild caught 1.2-year old congo grey Africa parrot 14 days ago and I haven’t seen any improvement yet . Whenever I approach him to refill his feeder he freaks out and start to growl and scream continuously , I read an article somewhere that if i refill his feeder just in half of the capacity and instead approach him more for refilling his feeder he will understand that you are kind to him and this method actually will boost it’s improvement but I don’t see any improvement:( you know guys , i saw people here that tame their parrot within 2 weeks , and i feel frustrated and desperate , could you please help me to tame him ? I’m actually kind to him pamper him all day and talk to him softly but maybe my parrot doesn’t like me at all and he maybe rejected me 😬 maybe he doesn’t like men:(((
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