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Old 02-22-2021, 06:10 PM
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Behavior problems with my Galah

Iíve read several posts on Galahs here and like several others I need help with mine! Her name is Lola and I got her at 9 months old. She will be 7 years old in August. The breeder told me she was hand fed and raised and I had a reliable recommendation for her. I met the breeder halfway in another state so I only received photos of Lola before actually getting her. When I met Lola and the breeder I noticed she had a lot of dried blood on her. I questioned the woman about it and she told me that the day before Lolaís buddy, an African Grey attacked her and she ended up with 3 broken blood feathers. They removed 2 but didnít remove the 3rd or completely clean off all of the blood because she was so stressed. I knew something didnít seem right and this lady was closing her business so I felt like by purchasing this pitiful bird I was saving her life.

Returning to my problem... she has never learned to step up, I cannot hold her unless she is wrapped up in a blanket. While wrapped up I can rub her beak and she will go to sleep. I cannot hand feed her as she goes nuts at the site of my hand. I can finally put my face up to the cage and talk softly to her and she will come up to the side of the cage and silently ďsmack her beakĒ . My husband who is not a bird person and another friend (male) that lived with us for a while was able to pet her . The friend could even feed her through the bars and offer her vanilla ice cream from his spoon!

She doesnít really like being out of her cage and the only way to get her out is to use my hands and withstand the screaming and biting. She will stay only on the floor and under tables, etc and doesnít move around much.

This I do know:
She was not hand raised and she is insecure and she seems to prefer men over women.

Any advice, insight, suggestions and help is welcome because I want Lola to have a happy life and I sooo want to interact with her!

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Old 02-22-2021, 08:03 PM
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Re: Behavior problems with my Galah

Hi,
Its never to late even all these years later to improve your relationship. So its great you reached out, and I hope you will get several ideas and tips.

I share this article all the time, I think it has lots of great ideas and information.
https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/stress...ot-companions/

Also st this point, she is acting cage bound. That will take confidence building and creative ideas and strategies. But I would never grab and force her out. That brakes trust and us having a negative impact on you guys relationship. I have some article I will look for. I will aldo link Sailboats thread, its on rescue Amazon's but a lot of thev information works on all parrots. It was very helpful to me when I rescued an abused quaker. Look into target training.
Here is Sailboat rescue Amazons thread
I Love Amazons - An On-Going Journey!

This might be helpful.
https://blogpamelaclarkonline.com/20...ot-to-step-up/

Ok cage bound issues
https://www.beautyofbirds.com/cageboundbirds.html

https://rec.pets.birds.narkive.com/O...ge-bound-birds
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Re: Behavior problems with my Galah

I suspect Lola was traumatized on many levels and nothing of the backstory is to be trusted. You certainly adopted a "rescue" bird in every sense of the term.

Best you can do is start from scratch and establish trust, leading to a bond. Lots of great links above from Laura, here is another: Tips for Bonding and Building Trust

You'll need to work at Lola's pace, expect the proverbial few steps forward, one backward. Be patient, reward every tiny victory. Find treats Lola loves such as bits of almond or walnut. Galahs are highly subject to FLD (Fatty Liver Disease) so keep the portions small and experiment with healthier bribes such as plain Cheerios, cooked room temperature oatmeal, pieces of dense whole grain bread.

What does Lola eat? Ideally a diet rich with fresh veggies and some fruit ideal, supplemented by a quality pellet.
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Re: Behavior problems with my Galah

I agree with working at her pace and also setting boundaries without seeming overly hard-nosed... Wrapping in a blanket can also be very sexual for cockatoos (they often love it, but it's not healthy for them).and they mature sexually later than some parrots, so just be mindful of that fact that there is likely trauma, but also that by touching her certain ways, you can be feeding the very "monster" you are trying to avoid...Head and neck petting only, avoid toweling or any boxes/shadowy spaces or hammocks etc...same with under furniture, pillows or blankets.
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Re: Behavior problems with my Galah

I need some information in order for me to help.
Are her wings clipped?
And did I read that right you have had her since she was 9 months, and she's 7yrs old now?
I am asking these questions so I know how to start.
What type of diet do you feed her?
By the way I have a galah.
If I could post a picture of her cage that will help.
Where is her cage located?
Are you sure she is a female.?
One thing I can say is that we will have to start from the very beginning.
Please answer the questions post a picture. And we will be able to start. It's late here, When I get up in the morning I will wait for your post and we will work on getting you and your parrot in a good place.
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Old 02-24-2021, 06:41 PM
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Re: Behavior problems with my Galah

Hi Tman,

Thanks for your response! I apologize for not getting back to you sooner but yesterday I spent the day trying to rescue one of my kittens from a tree after she escaped for the first time ever. She was in a neighborís yard in the tree all night and all day so I didnít sleep.

So, below Iíll attempt to answer all of your questions regarding Lola.

1. Her wings are NOT clipped
2. She will be 7 years old in August and I got her at 9 months old.
3. I feed her Hari Tropican Lietime Formula. Iíve tried to get her to eat apples, bananas, zucchini, peas, oatmeal, red and green fancy lettuce, raisins, watermelon, peaches, carrots etc but she wonít really eat any of it. She will eat and loves pistachios ( in shell, unsalted) and large striped sunflower seeds ( in shell unsalted) and the occasional piece of unshelled walnut or almond unshelled. I try to limit the pistachios to 2 a day and sunflower seeds to 4-5 a day.
4. According to the breederís paperwork she was DNA sexed as a female.
5. Her cage is in our breakfast room area at one end of a bay window and my African Grey is in the opposite corner of the window.

Iíll attach pics of her and the cage setup. However, there isnít enough room to upload a pic of the location setup so I added it to my album ď Lola the RB2







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Re: Behavior problems with my Galah

Many U2 females don't mature until 7 or 8.. I believe galahs usually hit puberty around 5 or 6, but I am not positive...that is why I am emphasizing the importance of 12 hours solid sleep on a routine, cutting off access to shadowy spaces, petting on the head and neck only and not wrapping in towels or allowing full body contact like that.

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Good to know!
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Re: Behavior problems with my Galah

She eats Hari Tropican Lifetime Formula but she refuses to eat any fruits and veggies. She’s very picky! Beautiful birds by the way! I hope my Lola will become less afraid and engage with me over time.
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Re: Behavior problems with my Galah

Do you ever just open the cage and let her come out on her own if she wants? (with supervision, of course)
I'd also work on getting her a lot more variety in terms of toys (wood-style chewing toys, as opposed to plastic and/or cotton).

Remember, a new toy can be very scary to them, so don't just shove it in the cage without allowing time for the bird to adjust to seeing it outside the cage, and see you playing with it/putting positive associations and modeling in place BEFORE adding the toy to the cage. If a toy is new and my bird hesitates, I leave it out of the cage for at least a week before putting it in (gradually moving it closer over a few day-span)


I can't tell how big that cage is, but they do need a lot of space because they are very active.


How many exposures to a food do you try before giving up? Mine took over a year of 4-5x daily exposure to spinach and lettuce before ever trying it...Wasted a ton, but she finally decided it was decent.


How much time out of the cage does she spend daily?

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