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  1. The reason I ask is because he really, and I mean REALLY, likes to tell me how hes doing, when he wants to go for some exercise, get-up, get pet, go on my shoulder, from combined body language and vast variety of sound. I believe him to be a talker, able to understand many phrases I say to him, but not yet able to respond due to the difficulty of human-based language. Also -- Yes, I am patient, he can take as long as he wants, I just want him to be happy and feel he can connect with me on an even greater level than now. I was told that most African Greys who are talkers speak their first word by their first year, and if not then they are probably not a talker. Is this untrue?
  2. Hello all, My African grey is my first parrot and proxied son whom I love to death and would do anything for. He is one year and almost three months old. He does not speak a lick of English or any other human-based language that I have tried to teach him. I understand that some Parrots will simply never talk and while I admit, I did not know that when I purchased him, I have no regrets and I love him no matter what. The question I have is, how do parrots learn pronunciation? Here is what he knows: 1. When he is okay, or just saying hello, instead of saying Heh-low, hey goes "Ooh Ooh", and I to return the same phrase. He is happy to copy me when I do it. The closest I have gotten to hello was "Eeh Ohh" as he seemed to have been struggling with the H and l sounds. 2. While hello was the primary objective, he has in the process, made other sounds that we seem to both recognize as his own form of language, when he wants my attention he makes a sound, when he wants to be pet he makes another sound, when he wants to go somewhere, body language. When he is uncomfortable or anxious he makes a specific sound before the squeeling you may find in really bad siutations like the vet etc. ** He is happy to copy me, especially when I sing to him, and the "click click click click" sound he makes, when hes not making it, ill do it and he will immediately copy it verbatim. He does not fancy treats but he does enjoy a good head/ neck scratch. So how might I get him to use english words or phrases?
  3. Yes, and to make sure no one worries, it kind of just went away with time. Every now and then he does do it HOWEVER, I myself have a minor form of Tourretes syndrome (just called Tic syndrome) where I have a head tic and the running theory is he did it originally to copy me.
  4. As of today he is now ccurrently eating this https://www.amazon.com/Tropican-Performance-Parrot-Sticks-20-Pound/dp/B0017JBX4U/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1550345325&sr=8-4-fkmr0&keywords=tropican+parrot+pellets which is a "Tropican High Performance Parrot Sticks, Enriched with Vitamins and Minerals for Birds Needing Extra Nutrition, 20 lb Bag. Back when i took him the the vet last month the vet said his cholesterol was a tiny bit high and that I should cut on the sweets but I am not really giving him any any sweets. Another question regarding African Grey Care...How much food do I put in his bowl and how often? I have been filling it up and when the bowl is empty I fill it up again (with a handful or two). I understand now that overfeeding can be an issue so I want to know what you guys are doing or would recommend for a baby bird (11 months since hatchling, 8 since I brought him home). Before anyone says "google is your friend" I looked this specific question and found nothing but what not to give them..
  5. There are not mites, he has had a full physical when i took him to the vet as soon as i realized this was a potential problem. The food he ate was this
  6. Yes, he appears to be doing it in "fits" wherein he will twitch often for fifteen minutes or so and then not do it for several hours. Here is the most recent video taken this morning. Could it be his diet is not good enough? I feed him 3 times a day with his pellets. IMG_2274.MOV IMG_2274.MOV IMG_2274.MOV
  7. Hello all, I have an African Grey (Huginn) who is now 9 months old. Last month he started twitching his head the same way a human might if they have water in their ear. I was concerned he might have some kind of ear infection so I took him to the vet and they wanted to charge me 1,000 for bloodwork of every type. I was not sure it was a serious issue and I do not have Pet insurance yet so instead I got some bloodwork on his white blood cell count and a nasal cleanse treatment for him. The results were that his white blood cell count was just a little bit (emphasis on the little bit) high and so she prescribed him an anti-biotic to take twice a day which was 0.07ml (insanely small and almost impossible to make sure he ingests it). Long story short, he has not really gotten better, we know he has no life threatening ilness' or disease but he has been plucking his chest feathers. Before I go to the vet and spend a fortune I wanted to know if anyone else has had or seen a similar issue with their bird/ a bird they know.
  8. I have an African Grey, Huginn, who is is absolutely adorable but was just born in May, doesn't talk so I can't communicate with him and the few things he recognizes is when I call his name and "no". I wanted to know what you guys did during these early stages in training, and at what age. Thank you :D
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