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  1. Hmm, I'm always cautious about sudden changes in behaviour like this. Talon raised some good points about eating/drinking/pooping normally. If you're concerned then I'd recommend a visit to an avian vet, as birds do try hard to mask their illnesses. Has anything else changed in the environment? Have you introduced anything new or moved things around at all? Is she perching and moving around ok?
  2. I've not seen this particular behaviour in my grey, Alfie before. Is it a new behaviour? Is your vet an avian specialist? I'd probably be slightly concerned about the heavy breathing too. That doesn't sound great. If you think your vet missed anything then it might be worth trying to get a second opinion if possible.
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    Jayd's Passing

    I'm so so sorry to hear this Maggie. Jayd was a very valuable member of these forums and offered lots of sound advice over the many years. I offer my deepest condolences.
  4. Haha oh I have no doubt that Alfie will start to use it to his advantage somehow! I'm waiting for him to make the clicker sound himself!
  5. She's so adorable! Thanks for all the updates, it's fascinating to see how quickly she's developing!
  6. Nice! I often find myself trying to draw Alfie- although mine are just doodles compared to these. They make good muses, don't they?
  7. We're still working on it. I'm trying to get Alfie to realise he only needs to touch the stick and not grab hold of it. We've done two or three more sessions since I posted this. I'm now offering treats from a container rather than dropping them on the shelf as that means I can do the training wherever he is. He's happy enough to take the treat from the container and it saves my fingers.
  8. First off, I have never really done any 'formal' training with Alfie. Apart from step up, he doesn't really know/respond to many commands. He sort of knows 'wave' and used to know 'turn round'. I think he understands what I mean when I ask him to fly to me- but he ignores it unless he wants to. 😄 He mostly comes and goes as he pleases. He is good with stepping up to a perch. He is mostly fine with stepping up to an arm but will occasionally refuse or sometimes bite if he's not happy about being asked to move. I've had some 'issues' with Alfie - he took a dislike to me a while back and favoured my housemate who recently moved out. Whilst Alfie will interact with me he no longer wanted to sit with/on me and no longer asked for head scritches. If my housemate was in the room Alfie would follow him and want to sit with him. He also went through a short period of flying to the back of my neck/head and biting me... but thankfully that was relatively short lived. However, things still haven't got back to how they used to be. I've been working hard to regain Alfie's trust and build our friendship back up again... especially now my housemate is no longer living here (he does visit though). I have been trying to start clicker training with a target stick for a while but Alfie usually ignores the stick completely or gets aggressive with it. I've only tried this when he's been in the cage so far. I also have to watch my fingers/hands when offering treats as sometimes he opts to lunge at my hands/fingers instead of taking the treat. This has knocked my confidence with Alfie somewhat, which I know is a problem in itself. So I'm working hard to find ways to improve things for us both. Yesterday I managed to get Alfie to touch the target stick a good few times whilst he was out of his cage. I put the stick close to him, used the command 'touch' then clicked the clicker as soon as any part of his beak touched the stick. I then put a treat down for him on the window sill so he could get it. I didn't quite trust him enough to offer him the treat directly, but putting it down nearby seemed to work. I kept the 'training session' really short and asked him to repeat the behaviour about 5 or 6 times at most. I also managed to get a couple of clips of our attempts which I uploaded to the forums just now. Hopefully these should be available below, assuming I did everything correctly!
  9. Trying some clicker training using a target stick with Alfie. This is clip two. He had already done it a few times beofre this. The aim is to get him to touch the stick. Not to bite or steal it. As soon as he touches it with any part of his beak he gets a click and a treat. He's still a bit wary of the clicker sound. I put the treats on the window sill instead of handing them to him because he still sometimes lunges at my hands instead of taking treats from me. I wanted to keep it short and positive, so I asked him to repeat the behaviour 5 or 6 times then left it there. Previously he has just totally ignored the target stick or has shown aggression towards it. So I'm taking things super slow with him.
  10. Trying some clicker training using a target stick with Alfie. This is clip one. He had already done it a few times. The aim is to get him to touch the stick. Not to bite or steal it. As soon as he touches it with any part of his beak he gets a click and a treat. He's still a bit wary of the clicker sound. I put the treats on the window sill instead of handing them to him because he still sometimes lunges at my hands instead of taking treats from me. I wanted to keep it short and positive, so I asked him to repeat the behaviour 5 or 6 times then left it there. Previously he has just totally ignored the target stick or has shown aggression towards it. So I'm taking things super slow with him.
  11. Oh Charlie is just so precious! Such a beautiful baby!
  12. neoow

    Red palm oil

    I'm really sorry, I can't help because Alfie won't touch the stuff! I have seen others who use it in different ways though- some put it on toast, some mix it in with their birds usual food. Some just put a little dollop on top.
  13. Oh she's so precious! You're making me parrot broody!!! 😂 Are you keeping her or are you looking to set yourself up as a breeder? (Sorry if you've already answered that)
  14. I can't speak for all grey's, but Alfie tends to pick and choose what words and phrases he wants to learn and also picks and chooses what words and phrases he will forget and never use again. He used to say "oi! put the kettle on!" and "nag nag nag!" (courtesy of my dad) but he doesn't use those any more and despite my dad's best efforts whenever he sees him, Alfie doesn't seem to want to relearn them. Alfie always favours noises and sounds over words. He is still picking up odd words from time to time but he will learn sounds a lot quicker and will repeat them with gusto. He does mumble from time to time (when he thinks I can't hear him) so it sounds like he is trying to practice and learn other words. But it takes him a long time to actually learn words. He is 17 years old. It might be worth looking up some videos about how others train their birds to talk to see if they have any tips and tricks. There are probably certain ways you can encourage a grey to talk... but you also need to bear in mind that some are just not big talkers.
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