Well, I said in my introduction I am struggling as a novice owner of a beautiful grey baby.
I got him (?) in April 07 as a 9 week old hand reared, from a local shop I know well. They have a few babies each year from a local small breeder. I know many of the previous birds to be healthy, happy and sociable. This one is no exception.
I know he was a very young baby, although he has no ring, hatch certificate or ID of any kind, but he was one of 3 and the last one left so ‘plucked’ at my heart.
My concerns before I committed to him, was about he fact my son was about to leave home and I am out working for long hours. I was worried about his social stimulation and training. Of course I was reassured he would be fine…………But I am now not so sure.
I have done what I can for him. I brought a HUGE cage (see pics) and quality toys that I rotate and change regularly. As soon as I get up he calls to me (whistles) I say good-morning, spend 5 mins with him, open the curtains and window, give him a stroke, food etc then leave the tv on for him. After work (shifts) I always let him out and spend time again talking to him and he comes in the kitchen, flys around the house etc.
He is a good mimic with the cats, ducks and whistles and not shy in any way.
However, he has got more and more clingy, now wont do anything away from me if he is loose. He has to be sitting on me. If not loose he is frantic to get out to be with me.
Also ALL the time now, when with me he makes the same noise, like a quiet churp but constantly. Its like he is asking for something, food, water or attention. (mating?) He looks at me desperately and seems to just cry..... constantly...until I have to leave the room.
I feel very frustrated, I just don’t think I have the time to give him that he needs, I feel like I am letting him down and am stuck to know what to do from here.
Should I try to find him another home with someone that can give him more attention whilst he is still young and very silly tame and cuddly?
Is it because he is young and needs something I have overlooked?
Do I need to put more into training him to get him interested in amusing himself?
Am I being cruel keeping him by himself? I know they are sociable by nature, but I feel if I don’t have time for one, 2 would be double-cruel.
I am sorry if these questions sound ridiculous and naieve, I keep many animals successfully, (most of which he interacts with) and I thought I had researched these beautiful intelligent creatures enough before buying him, but now I doubt myself and want to do the right thing by him.
Is this a common problem? An attachment issue? Part of growling up for him? Or completely normal and my problem?
Any help for suggestions welcome.
(ps He has a pre-mixed parrot food, supplemented with lots of fresh fruit, cooked and raw veg, occasional fish and chicken, millet sprays and cuttle fish. Daily fresh water and sometimes orange juice)