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Postby James » Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:04 pm

Because it hasn't been trained to do so.
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Postby Lizard » Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:38 pm

Was your bird hand raised? If not than it may take a very long time before he is willing to step up. If he was hand raised, try asking him to step up onto a stick (just make sure the stick is steady or he could get scared!) Remember, work slowly!!
Good luck!
P.S. If you continue to have trouble, consider consulting and animal behaviorist.
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Postby saadia » Sat Aug 05, 2006 7:26 am

how can we know that the parrot is male or female?
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Postby Lizard » Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:28 pm

To my knowledge there is no way to simply look at an african grey and know whether it is male or female. Unless you want to breed your bird his/her sex is not terribly important. If it is terribly important to you however, there are a couple of ways to tell. Many female birds start laying eggs upon reaching sexual maturity, while some males will mastrubate. The other way is a lab test using either feathers (newer and more expensive) or a blood test (older but still not cheap). If you don't already have one, I'd invest in a book on African Greys. It may have training ideas specifically for the species and age of your bird.
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