My african grey could be jealous of my baby?
Posted 22 November 2011 - 05:43 AM
I need some help /suggestions.
I really want my african grey to love and come on hand like he always used to...before i brought my baby home. He was always stepping up on my hand, never used to bite me when i tried to pick him up. I feel like ever since i brought my baby home he is different with me. He still flies on my shoulder and let me give him scratches , he would let me pick him up from the floor coz he often flies to the floor from his cage and on the sofa. He dosent mind me picking him up then,.. He does not bite my daughter though , dosent show any aggresiveness around her , i hand fed him when i brought him home he only 12 weeks. He is okay with my husband. No changes in behaviour with him. Its just with me ,...i really wanna know what i should do, i am always talking to him trying to spend time with him etc.. I dont know if its my daughter or its just his age , he is About 2 yrs. we dont know his gender either ... Any help suggestion would be great..
Posted 05 December 2011 - 08:23 PM
Your relationship with him may change as time goes on, I know mine has with my birds as they grew and matured. Not worse relationships, just different.
At 2 he may also be showing some 'young attitude'. Hormones will start to also rear their head, but I'd think you have a few more years for that to happen.
Be patient with him. He's still adjusting to your new love. In time the two of you will work it out.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 05 December 2011 - 10:48 PM
Gonzo became very jealous and would bite out of frustration. She didn't like sharing me, and she didn't like my grey too much. She still let me handle her, would still fly to me and still liked hunkering down on my chest while I watched TV. However, she was generally moodier and quicker to bite, lunge or hiss at me at other times, like if I was trying to bring her back to her cage or move her off of something that is off-limits.
Then I got a dog last year. So this is about 4-5 years after I first got Gonzo. I was holding Gonzo in one hand when the new pup walked up and sat next to me. Gonzo took one look at that pup, one look at me and sunk her beak into my finger!
Gonzo can still be moody, and sadly, our relationship is not what it was that first year. I guess it was naive of me to think it could stay the same. How could it? We were now sharing our time and space with one other parrot and a dog. It's just a given that the relationship changes because of those new factors.
Gonzo is still a sweet parrot and I can still handle her. However, I do think this jealousy is here to stay. It's definitely gotten better with time. I just make sure to give everyone their time, and to alternate time with Gonzo and my grey so neither feels ignored for too long. I also try to make every not-so-fun experience (like being put back into the cage or being moved from an off-limits object) more "fun" by giving her some scratches or a treat FIRST, and then putting her back into her cage.
My grey handles all of this well, but I guess it's all she's ever known, so she is cool with the amount of attention she gets and with sharing me.
I don't think the jealousy issues are tied to age, gender, hormones, a specific species, etc... I think parrots are very particular about their relationships and people, and really feel the impact of changes in their home life.
Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:44 AM
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