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Steps In The Right Direction

Nurture your African grey’s confidence with these tips

By Vanessa Rolfe, DVM

Tips to giving your African grey confidenceDuring our 20 years together, my grey has taught me many things about life and living, and she has brought immense joy to my life. In turn, I have learned a lot, not only as an owner but as an avian veterinarian, on the care and housing these great parrots need.

African greys have environmental and developmental needs that are often misunderstood by their owners. If left unaddressed, behavioral and physical problems can arise either early on or much later in life. These problems include aggression, excessive and unexpected fear, and feather chewing. Here are some tips to instill confidence and trust in your African grey.

**For the full article, pick up the October 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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