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does anyone have an african grey? :)

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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
i have wanted one for years and my partner is getting me one for xmas this year :)
i have read up on care and spoken to a couple of breeders but im still unsure of whether to go for a hand reared chick or an adult,i am female so should i try and get a male?
also what is the difference between a congo and a timneh grey?
i would be very greatful for all advice
i have read that an african grey is the best sociable parrot to get,he will get loads of attention as i have 5 children
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Be prepared for it to outlive you!

An old man that used to live on our road had one his dad brought back when he was in the navy - he must be 65 now....
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not recommended if youre gonna be out for most of the day at work etc, they get very very lonely and need stimulation and can get anxious if left alone and self harm etc, my mate at work had to give his up they didnt realise the commitment, aint like a budgie
#4
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cant get link to work :?
#5
edjaned
cant get link to work :?


Strange...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Grey_Parrot
#6
hi mine is a timneh the only difference is she is slightly smaller and a little cheaper although she still cost us £400 and that was 10 years ago she absolutely hates women and i have 3 girls therefore she doesnt come out of the cage as she flys at us females and has even chased my 4year old round the room trying to bite her feet to be honest i would have shut of her as it isnt fair on her as she cant come out anymore but my partner wont have any of it. i would suggest you get a hand reared baby or a very tame adult test them out well before you buy ask to hold them and you will soon see if they are tame.
#7
greyparrot
hi mine is a timneh the only difference is she is slightly smaller and a little cheaper although she still cost us £400 and that was 10 years ago she absolutely hates women and i have 3 girls therefore she doesnt come out of the cage as she flys at us females and has even chased my 4year old round the room trying to bite her feet to be honest i would have shut of her as it isnt fair on her as she cant come out anymore but my partner wont have any of it. i would suggest you get a hand reared baby or a very tame adult test them out well before you buy ask to hold them and you will soon see if they are tame.


lol yeah and i forgot to say that my mates attacked his missus all the time haha
#8
kungfu
not recommended if youre gonna be out for most of the day at work etc, they get very very lonely and need stimulation and can get anxious if left alone and self harm etc, my mate at work had to give his up they didnt realise the commitment, aint like a budgie


im at home most of time with 1 year old and 3 year old,i just work one night shift a week as my partner works in the days
my 5 year old is very good with pets he has a bearded dragon and my 2 eldest 12 and 13 will give him lots of attention too :)
thanks for help
#9
edjaned
im at home most of time with 1 year old and 3 year old,i just work one night shift a week as my partner works in the days
my 5 year old is very good with pets he has a bearded dragon and my 2 eldest 12 and 13 will give him lots of attention too :)
thanks for help


You were busy! LOL!
:p
#10
you can leave them on there own they are not that bad i have even left mine at home when ive gone away for the weekend and the neighbour feeds her and shes fine. the other thing i would recommend if you get one is get them used to toys asap as the person that had mine before i bought her never bothered and she is terrified of toys and if you put her a new perch in she will stay at the bottom of the cage for days its not a good thing. shes 15 years old now.
#11
greyparrot
you can leave them on there own they are not that bad i have even left mine at home when ive gone away for the weekend and the neighbour feeds her and shes fine. the other thing i would recommend if you get one is get them used to toys asap as the person that had mine before i bought her never bothered and she is terrified of toys and if you put her a new perch in she will stay at the bottom of the cage for days its not a good thing. shes 15 years old now.


id say ive heard 50-50 stories that they can be left alone, heard people say its fine and heard of absolute nightmares when left for a few hours, i guess its down to the individual bird, you might get a good one, hope so :thumbsup:
#12
kungfu
id say ive heard 50-50 stories that they can be left alone, heard people say its fine and heard of absolute nightmares when left for a few hours, i guess its down to the individual bird, you might get a good one, hope so :thumbsup:


yeah seems that way personally i think if they are left from a young age they are fine but if they get used too loads of attention all the time thats when they are a nightmare. from my own experiance they can be very stubborn as well and chatter boxes although all mine does is insult everyone but thats what you get she was 5 years when i got her and she had picked loads up from the last owners and she as never forgot it but it can be annoying being to to get up the fu**ing stair or shut up fu**er.
#13
I'd recommend a baby, some adult parrots may be attached to their previous owners and may act up / get stressed with new surroundings.
#14
greyparrot
yeah seems that way personally i think if they are left from a young age they are fine but if they get used too loads of attention all the time thats when they are a nightmare. from my own experiance they can be very stubborn as well and chatter boxes although all mine does is insult everyone but thats what you get she was 5 years when i got her and she had picked loads up from the last owners and she as never forgot it but it can be annoying being to to get up the fu**ing stair or shut up fu**er.


LMAO!
#15
ctuk
I'd recommend a baby, some adult parrots may be attached to their previous owners and may act up / get stressed with new surroundings.


yeah agree there some can be really mard but mine a right tough old thing.
#16
greyparrot;3667920
hi mine is a timneh the only difference is she is slightly smaller and a little cheaper

and the colour of the tail :p
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ctuk
I'd recommend a baby, some adult parrots may be attached to their previous owners and may act up / get stressed with new surroundings.


She's already had five babies! :whistling:
#18
greyparrot
yeah seems that way personally i think if they are left from a young age they are fine but if they get used too loads of attention all the time thats when they are a nightmare. from my own experiance they can be very stubborn as well and chatter boxes although all mine does is insult everyone but thats what you get she was 5 years when i got her and she had picked loads up from the last owners and she as never forgot it but it can be annoying being to to get up the fu**ing stair or shut up fu**er.


lol
i think i will get a chick,i spoke to a guy last night who is selling one at 15 weeks hand reared handled daily by a man and his daughter,so should i get a male if poss to bond with me or will the bird just bond with who feeds it?
#19
mine says "get back you b******d I'll break your legs" (the only naughty thing she says)
#20
ctuk
and the colour of the tail :p


which is?
#21
does anyone know where to buy a good cheap cage also do i need a stand?
#22
edjaned
lol
i think i will get a chick,i spoke to a guy last night who is selling one at 15 weeks hand reared handled daily by a man and his daughter,so should i get a male if poss to bond with me or will the bird just bond with who feeds it?


oh no love dont fall for it loving who feeds it my 13 year old daughter has been feeding mine for the past 2 years and a couple of months back she decided to put her finger in she was warned anyway the bird backed away and i though oh gosh shes giving in then wham she had her like trying to crack a walnut she will never try that again so no it is very likely your baby when you get him will like only one family member more than the others and they do all try it on with you as well but yeah if you want it to like you go for a male.
#23
ctuk
mine says "get back you b******d I'll break your legs" (the only naughty thing she says)


lol mine seems to only know the naughty words but prefers the F ones alot unless your lucky then she may call you a cheeky ******.
#24
edjaned
which is?


on the timnehs the tails are like a burgundy where as on a standard african grey its bright red.
#25
edjaned
does anyone know where to buy a good cheap cage also do i need a stand?


i dont know where you could get a cheap cage maybe try ebay or preloved a new one will set you back at least £150 for a decent one they love space so please do make sure you buy as big as possible my own cost me £250 so they are not cheap but you may be lucky if someone is replaceing there old one to get one fairly cheap.
#26
the guy im going to see on sunday is selling them for £450 he also said he has a descent cage he would sell me for £50
his are not dna sexed but he said he is fairly certain 2 are males and one is a female
how bad are their bites on a scale of 1-10 lol
#27
How about a Norwegian Blue - I've heard that they are dead easy to look after. :whistling:
#28
edjaned
the guy im going to see on sunday is selling them for £450 he also said he has a descent cage he would sell me for £50
his are not dna sexed but he said he is fairly certain 2 are males and one is a female
how bad are their bites on a scale of 1-10 lol


mine on a scale of 1-10 if they really wanted to get you like mine well i scale at 11 lol. they can fairly hurt mine heads for your knuckle and crunches side to side believe me it HURTS!!!
#29
lol im scared now
do u think it would be less likely to bite us if we had it from a baby?i havent got a very high pain threshhold
#30
edjaned
lol im scared now
do u think it would be less likely to bite us if we had it from a baby?i havent got a very high pain threshhold


yeah if you have it from a baby you should be fine but what i am saying is they attach themselfs to one person really would still be ok with other people but they all try it on at some point. mine loves my partner he can get her out stroke her everything but she still goes to bite he taps her beak and says no and shes fine its only us females she wants to rip apart lol.
#31
I've got both a grey and a caique (as per pic) and my grey is definitely a one person bird - he doesn't like anyone else going near his cage and is very aggressive towards anyone who goes near me when he's sat on my shoulder. He's been this way since about six months old and shows no signs of changing despite people trying to bribe him with his favourite toys and treats etc. I've got a few friends who have greys who are similar i.e. having a preferred owner and who can tolerate their partner...one though has a grey who is very friendly with most people.

The caique on the other hand is brilliant - very friendly and playful and is happy to clamber onto anyones finger! I guess all parrots are different and have their own personality, likes/dislikes etc -:) I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of a bite from my grey though!
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AberBargoed
I've got both a grey and a caique (as per pic) and my grey is definitely a one person bird - he doesn't like anyone else going near his cage and is very aggressive towards anyone who goes near me when he's sat on my shoulder. He's been this way since about six months old and shows no signs of changing despite people trying to bribe him with his favourite toys and treats etc. I've got a few friends who have greys who are similar i.e. having a preferred owner and who can tolerate their partner...one though has a grey who is very friendly with most people.

The caique on the other hand is brilliant - very friendly and playful and is happy to clamber onto anyones finger! I guess all parrots are different and have their own personality, likes/dislikes etc -:) I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of a bite from my grey though!


lol now ive got someone that understands what i am trying to say.:thumbsup:
#33
i have! lil sod he is lol

have owned birds all my life from cockatoo's to finches so if you have any questions pls feel free to ask away :)
havent got speakers on this pc but im sure in this vid he is telling my youngest daughter maya off

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x254/mardy-ass/th_tellingmayaoff.jpg
#35
Think of him as a guard dog - people back right off when he crouches down and ruffles his feathers up, usually means one thing - pain!

Greys definitely make great pets but there have also been plenty of arguments in my house over "why doesn't he like me" and "what do you do that I don't" etc etc.

Luckily he hasn't picked up any bad words but everytime I leave the house he will imitate a car alarm going off, really hurts the ears!

I can't comment on how they are with children as don't have any, he has upset a couple of my nephews/nieces though with his aggressive behaviour. They are mesmerised by the caique on the other hand - plenty of videos on youtube demonstrate what I mean :) He's also much easier to handle what with being barely a 1/3 of the size.
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Cool parrot! :thumbsup: Mine for some reason seems to hate anything green near his cage, have a green micro fibre glove and anytime it's used in the lounge he'll emit a sound akin to being tortured!
#37
mardy have u owned yours from a baby how is he with the rest of your family?
just phoned the breeder back up going over to see them tomorrow afternoon
want to get all things i need in ready,got some frozen veg and sweetcorn and fruit so far,will go and get some toys later :)
#38
my speakers dont work :(
#39
my baby is aggresive towards men,hates my hubby,he tolerates the kids well but they know the limits and dont go too near him,with me he is perfect! def a mummys boy,i took him as a rescue as his owner was moving abroad and he could speak no english when i got him he spoke portuguese which drove me crazy,now he doesnt shut up so be prepared for a noisy household,its often embarassing when on the phone and he is f'in and blinding in the background lol
From personal experience with greys I'd say that they are more a one person bonding bird,they need to be treated like a toddler as they are very brainy too so need constant stimulation,my boy hates being left and if im gone for more than a few hours i often take him with me in his birdy back pack!

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x254/mardy-ass/th_MOV00057-1.jpg
#40
edjaned
mardy have u owned yours from a baby how is he with the rest of your family?
just phoned the breeder back up going over to see them tomorrow afternoon
want to get all things i need in ready,got some frozen veg and sweetcorn and fruit so far,will go and get some toys later :)
he was 18 months when i rescued him,barely had any feathers left where he had been left in a cage with no toys and had plucked himself thru boredom and stress,within 6 months or so he had new feathers and was back to being happy,i managed to locate his original breeder from his leg ring and spoke to him,he was so pleased to hear how he was getting on,im a bit of a push over with waifs n strays lol

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