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Old 08-04-2019, 07:51 AM
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Hi from Lennie and myself Marc

Hi and thanks for letting us join.

I recently took over the care of an Congo African Grey parrot he is six years old.

So far having no expertise Iíve recently gotten two bites on my finger which Iím putting down to my inexperience and the fact Lennie is in a new environment and has a new Dad.

Although very chatty and Lennie will come to my side of his cage when I can temp him with his favorite corn cob.

Iím hoping to start training him to hopefully sit on my hand or shoulder. Any advice would be awesome. I have bought anti-bite gloves which I really donít want to have to use. Iíd like to do the handling bare handed.

Thanks everyone.
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Old 08-04-2019, 08:40 AM
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Re: Hi from Lennie and myself Marc

Hello and welcome, Lennie & Marc! Sounds like you may be moving a little too fast for Lennie, it’s usually better to move at the bird’s pace. Items like hats, sunglasses, jackets and especially gloves can be terrifying to parrots, I wouldn’t use them. Here’s a link with some great tips on bonding. African Greys are super intelligent, give Lennie a chance to adapt to his new home and work on building a trusting bond.

Tips for Bonding and Building Trust

Please keep us updated on your progress.
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Old 08-04-2019, 09:52 AM
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Re: Hi from Lennie and myself Marc

Welcome to you and Lennie! I would echo what Allee says - gloves can add another layer of “scary” for a parrot. Just take your time and build some trust with Lennie. Birds communicate so much with their body language, and as you start to understand what he’s telling you the bites will decrease. I would definitely wait on the shoulder-sitting until you guys understand each other better (hard to see a bite coming when they are up there)
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Old 08-04-2019, 12:27 PM
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Re: Hi from Lennie and myself Marc

Welcome aboard Marc and Lennie, thanks for joining!

Wonderful previous advice, know that Greys are extremely intelligent and are capable of becoming exceptional lifelong companions! Always good to follow Lennie's pace.

Another helpful thread: Cag 101
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Re: Hi from Lennie and myself Marc

Welcome to the adventure! Birds can be protective of the cage but awesome away from it. Set it up so he can come out on his own, to a perch at your eye level maybe on the side of the cage, and see if he does better that way. And lots of treat bribery!
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Re: Hi from Lennie and myself Marc

Welcome to you, a great adventure begins!
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Re: Hi from Lennie and myself Marc

Welcome to the forum!

I look forward to hearing more about you and Lennie
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