Sadly my father just passed away so I now have his beloved grey named Mullet. I have two Macaws and a yellow nape Amazon so I have bird experience. I have been researching any special care/diet requirements Grey's may need.
I've had Mullet for 4 days now and he seems happy. I can't remember how long my father had him, it's been at least 8 years and possibly much longer. When he first got Mullet, he started to pluck. If I remember correctly, he took him to the vet but Mullet stopped plucking and looks beautiful.
The last few years my father wasn't doing well and I don't think Mullet got much attention or interaction. We have an active home and he is getting more attention and interaction than he's probably ever had.
He makes all kinds of sounds and imitates lots of sounds but only says 'hello' in my dad's voice. Since being here a few days, he's picked up new sounds from our home and he just said 'oh no' which I think he picked up from our home.
He is eating and drinking fine, he loves his head scratches, he's very vocal, and seems happy.
What behavioral signs should I look for if he's having separation anxiety? Would he show signs by now? I think he remembers me so I am hoping that will help as well as all the interaction and attention he's getting.
The only scream he does is imitating me... years ago, I was at my dad's with my aunt cleaning his home and my aunt splashed my face with dirty mop water. I screamed and then we both laughed. Mullet with let put a scream that sounds just like me and then laugh. Haha.
Yes, I visited him often so I think he remembers me.
No signs of plucking yet and since he seems so content, I'm hoping it doesn't start.
Tracyl-your story about the mop water reminded me--a friend had a grey, and his family was visited by friends who had a little baby. The baby cried a lot. The friends left, 20 years passed, the crying baby now has a baby of her own, and their grey STILL cries like the little baby visitor! All the more reason to be VERY careful of your language and the sounds to which your bird is exposed. When we brought our baby home, my husband was already retired, and he would watch morning TV with the young bird. When the "Test of the Emergency Broadcasting System" would come on about ll am, he would GRAB for the remote, to hit "mute", before the bird could learn that awful "WONK WONK" sound!
She wasn't what you'd call refined; she wasn't what you'd call unrefined. She was the type of person who keeps a parrot--Mark Twain