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Date:11/21/2014 6:56:18 PM
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Mom knows your pain. The last time I got her back in March, she was afraid to touch me again. She went to the store I came from seeking help. Mom cried there and told them she didn't know if a grey was for her. They said after one month of being in the home you will see a big difference in behavior and it only gets better every month that goes by! Well, they were right. We promise after a month to two months things will be A LOT better as long as you don't give up. The biggest thing too with a grey is keeping them below eye level. They are really big in being dominant if they are above you. Mom used to let me play ontop of my cage and they would get bitten anytime they went to get me that stopped and they got me a play stand. But they still have to trick me sometimes with the 2 hand greys are stubborn when we want to be....big difference from the Goffins who love to cuddle, heehee. Pecks, Charli and mom ........Here is something I copied that helped me a little with understanding.......So why do they bite in captivity?

Fear -- Your grey could perceive danger and have a fear of harm, pain etc.

Learned Response -- Greys are very intelligent and if he learns that biting gets the desired response then he will continue to do so...
If you are putting your grey back in his cage and he bites. You react with a scream, jumping up and down etc. This is very exciting for your grey and looks like a lot of fun ... bet he does it again!
Another example is if you are putting your grey on his playstand and he doesn't want to be there so he bites. By not putting him on his playstand he has the desired results from his bite.
Hormonal/Territorial etc -- A grey can become bitey if they are hormonal or feel they are protecting their cage etc. In these cases biting is instinctive however shouldn't be reinforced.
So now we know some of the whys ...
So how do we not reinforce a behaviour that isn't natural to our friends?
If your bird seems to be biting out of fear -- Try to give a scared bird his space. Don't try to interact with him or corner him and force him to defend himself unless it is medically necessary to do so. Try talking to him and move slowly in his surroundings so he can observe you and become accustomed to your presence.
Your reaction to a bite can reinforce a future bite. Given the size of your greys beak and your natural reaction to pull back this will be the hardest approach but very effective. Your grey expects you to pull back because that is the desired reaction .. instead push back gently. This will surprise your grey as he isn't getting the desired reaction. I know easier said then done ...
If your grey is biting because he is protecting his cage/playstand etc. -- Try interacting with him with regularly practicing step ups away from his cage or playstand. As he gets better move closer to his cage and/or playstand and continnue the practice. Eventually you may be practicing this interaction in plain
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