New CAG…need advice
Posted: 15 February 2010 07:30 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I recently adopted a CAG who is 12 yrs old, sex unknown but assuming a male. The lady I got him from said she had him the whole 12 yrs and was going through a divorce and unable to keep him. I do have parrot experince, hand fed CAG from 4 wks and experience with a B&G. I am looking for advice on how to better bond with him and switch from seeds to pellets. I believe he has had some recent stress and dont want to worsen it. The lady I got him from said that her husband left 4 months ago and she just moved into that apartment 3 months ago. She feed him a seed diet and smoked heavily in the home. He was in a cage that was ok, but not my idea of big enough. She said he was a very loving bird and had only bitten her 2 times in 12 years and that it was since the move. She did seem a little scared to pick him up and get him in the carrier but she did, wich he did not like at all but did not bite her. He has been with me since last Tuesday and seems to be doing ok. He does tell me hello since the day I brought him home and a few other sounds. He has been taking treats from my hand since the day he came. He let me scratch his head 2 days ago then lifted his foot like he wanted to step up. I was very excited and held my hand down thinking he was ready but when I did he grabed my hand with his foot and bit me, not too hard but enough to break the skin. Any advice on why you think he did this? To trick me? Or just got scared? I have been covering his cage at night, dont think she did. I noticed Saturday that it looked like he had plucked out some of his feathers on his stomach. Sunday morning when I uncovered his cage his water bowl was full of feathers and his stomach is nothing but the down feathers. I did not notice him doing it during the day so thought maybe he didnt like his cage being covered. I did not cover his cage last night and there was not any plucked feathers this morning. Not sure if it was because I didnt cover or if it is because he only has the under feathers left. Any advice on what to do here? I have a vet appt this afternoon but I know I will have to towel him to get him in the carrier and wonder if it is too much stress to soon and I should wait to take him? Every time I reach in the cage and lightly scratch his head he lifts his foot like he wants to step up…..I must admit im a little concerned that he is just trying to trick me again. Its not that the bite he gave me hurt, its just I know his beak is pretty long (maybe needs a file) and he could do a lot worse if he wanted. I want to bond with him and he seems like he is doing well…just these few things worry me. Any advice??

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Posted: 15 February 2010 02:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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If you can get a small, unscary, eight or ten inch stick much like one of his perches and prompt him to step up on that to protect your hand from biting. He may be afraid of hands. later the stick can be shortened and eventually your finger substituted when he trusts more. Put some safe fresh boughs in the cage for him to hide in and see if he chews on them instead of his feathers.  cool smile

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