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dianaT

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In my opinion 10yrs is a long time for Hannah to have been with you, it may well upset her having to move to a new home, new people etc. She is used to you - you are her family, her life, her home, and once moved and even when you are at work, you will eventually get into a routine. She will know when it is her time to be out with you.

You can leave a radio on for her while you are out, a side light too for when it gets dark early or late, plenty of toys, things to do, cardboard boxes to chew and good foods to eat. But she will need her time with you as I assume she is having now. She will continue to be part of the family and all that goes on.
 

Yas m

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In my opinion 10yrs is a long time for Hannah to have been with you, it may well upset her having to move to a new home, new people etc. She is used to you - you are her family, her life, her home, and once moved and even when you are at work, you will eventually get into a routine. She will know when it is her time to be out with you.

You can leave a radio on for her while you are out, a side light too for when it gets dark early or late, plenty of toys, things to do, cardboard boxes to chew and good foods to eat. But she will need her time with you as I assume she is having now. She will continue to be part of the family and all that goes on.
Yes that's my worry. I've been with her for such a long time. I'd be mortified if anything happened to her especially knowing I caused it with the rehoming.
 

Michael Reynolds

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Every Grey is different, Some will settle straight away some can take time to adjust to there new surroundings. Greys quite often suffer with anxiety and so much can also depend on how your bird is with changes, little things like putting new toys in her cage and how she reacts to them, if she is afraid of the new toy she will take longer to settle into a new home than a bird that ignores the toy but is not afraid of it or a bird that is forwards and checks the toy out within two days. it a simple test you can do that may help you decide on if it is better to try to keep Hanna with you, I real nervous bird can start plucking and that is something you do not want to see
 

dianaT

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I will also add they grieve too whether it be a member of their feathered flock who is no longer around or one of the human family.
Think long and hard about all of this, you can always come back to us once you have moved and see how Hannah haws settled with a new routine. You will know then at least you have given it a fair try.
 

Michael Reynolds

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the good thing about members is we support each other, we can post updates and photos, we are like a little family and only want what is best for our feathered friends. this is Holly, she started to pluck when her owner past away, His sons could not see her damage her self so badly and brought her to me, I have to say she took to me from day one but it took a lot longer to make her realize she is a bird and not a Human
 

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Yellowchickenparrot

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@Yas m Just because your life may be changing doesn’t always mean you need to rehome your grey. They became very bonded and as said above can suffer being moved about. Lots of people who have parrots have jobs or can be out for long times it’s about enrichment while your out then making sure they have a bit of free time and attention morning and evening when your in.
 

CaptainHowdy

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I would like to keep her, its just understanding the long term affects on her having limited attention etc. If you feel I should hang in there and see how it goes I don't mind. In a way I'm trying to take precaution before she does start changing because of me not being around etc.

Personally I would advise to hang on for now, there are no guarantees eitherway but if you give her the time to adjust to moving and less attention, offer her things to keep her mind active and stimulated. So forager toys and puzzle toys.
You may find she adapts well to it and if not you have given her that chance and you still have the option of coming back here and we can assist you further even if that means helping you rehome her.
 

Yas m

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Personally I would advise to hang on for now, there are no guarantees eitherway but if you give her the time to adjust to moving and less attention, offer her things to keep her mind active and stimulated. So forager toys and puzzle toys.
You may find she adapts well to it and if not you have given her that chance and you still have the option of coming back here and we can assist you further even if that means helping you rehome her.
Thanks for the advice.
 

Wakizashi21

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Hi Yas, hope you hang onto the beauty! I know its a massive change in life circumstances and all birds accept changes differently in my experience. There is still alot you can offer once you get home from work.

The radio really helps to keep them occupied, and once your home you can allow him time out the cage and enjoy your company.
 

Yas m

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Hi Yas, hope you hang onto the beauty! I know its a massive change in life circumstances and all birds accept changes differently in my experience. There is still alot you can offer once you get home from work.

The radio really helps to keep them occupied, and once your home you can allow him time out the cage and enjoy your company.
Thanks for the advice.
 

Graceygrape14

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Hi all. I've found my way here because I'm really concerned about my in laws pet Grey. I have been with my husband nearly 20 years and have seen the bird out of his cage once in all that time. He hasn't been out of it for 19 years, it is even cleaned around him as he apparently resists going back in it and is unclipped so might escape. I can't blame it tbh! Food is just given in a bowl, no real challenge, and cage toys are limited. The only stimulation the bird gets is occasional talking to it (my MiL mostly) or the sound of the TV/radio. I just find it desperately sad and would love to find a lovely home for him where he can get the interaction and stimulation he needs. He is so clever and a fabulous mimic! But can be aggressive to my husband (who I think used to tease him when he was a teenager) or anyone who now gets too close to the cage. He has been in the family for C30 years I think and at first was given lots of interaction and time out of the cage but that declined within the first few years. I think if there was a potential new home in place my mil would be very open to the idea but she wouldn't bother looking into rehoming him herself. Advice greatly appreciated as I hate to think of him living like that for another 20 years. Thank you
 

Graceygrape14

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Yes I would love to help and adopt your bird
I'm local so you could come and visit as I'm little hulton but I'd like you to be certain first as yes this is a big decision xx if you want you can PM me anytime
Don't know if you still have a home available but please see my post on the thread. Thanks
 
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