So I have left is this crazy 28 year old African gray

Portrait of African Grey Parrot, Psittacus erithacus
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Dear Theresa

Your bird passed today? Oh my. I am so sorry to hear this. It is never easy to lose a pet, they are so much a part of the family. You have our deepest sympathies.

Theresa replied

I’m a bit at a loss. We’ve had her for twenty-five years. With the exception of some arthritis in her foot, she’s been healthy as can be. Just back from a vet check about a month ago…Good eater always eating the things good for her…Saturday I woke up to uncover her cage only to find she’s thrown up a cooked food I got from parrot island. It was a pea soup blend.

I think That dehydrated her, and she went for that pineapple. She normally won’t touch citrus. I didn’t think anything of it. Sunday she was lethargic and then started to eat and drink normally later in the afternoon. I thought we were ok, checked on her last night and she was sleeping normally. This morning she was cool to the touch and we wrapped her in a warm towel and held her. She was gone by 9.

editors note: We discourage pineapple from your bird’s diet due to the high acid content has given the food sits in the bird’s crop for up to 6 hours possibly causing irritation

I had a blue front amazon who passed away early at the age of eight. Even though I took him to the vet they said there was nothing to be done. That night he fell off his perch at 1 am. I held him for four hours until I lost him. The vet said his liver was compromised.

So now I have left this crazy 28-year-old African gray that I inherited from a friend. The friend was the second owner. All he ever ate was apple, cheddar cheese, a gingersnap and grapes. He loves steak chicken and hot dogs.

I’ve managed to get him to like homemade chop and some bird bread recipes. The cheese crap I cannot get him away from. He stops eating altogether if I remove it. I have been able to move him from hunks of cheese to grated cheese sprinkled lightly. The puddings he will not touch! I just tried some mango and sweet potato baby food over birdie bread I make here. He ate all of that.

I keep trying….he has no foraging issues as the pionus did. His favorite toys are made of acrylic and he’s scared of everything new.

If there’s a pudding mix that might work on a pop eye type of grey I’d love to hear it!

Thanks – Theresa 😢😢😢

Catherine Tobsing replied Jan 23, 3:58 pm

Dear Theresa

I am very sorry for your loss of both of the birds. We have lost a few over the years too. it never gets easier.

The grey. You said he likes birdie bread? You can bake pellets into them to make them more nutritious for him since he already likes bread.

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