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dani

Parrots

Does anyone have any experience of keeping one?
We saw an African Gray for sale earlier today and my OH was tempted. I would prefer to have something a bit smaller but my OH wants something that wil be part of the family, fly free from the cage and talk
poshscouse

I have a 6 year old African gray who is the sweetest, nicest, friendliest bird ever... wonderful creatures.
Morlan75

Hiya Dani!

Im no expert on African Greys But know of several people who kept them for years and got on fine with them but I have been advised in the past by owners to be extremly careful when buying them especially if a few years old make sure they are registered as captive bred etc etc and be aware these can be very sensitive birds and if you unfortunatly buy a
"Stressed"  one that they may well have psychological as well as medical problems as with any other "Exotics" and "Pets" African Greys in my experiance they are highly intelligant birds but "Buyer Beware" do your research and maybe talk to people on a few of the "Exotics" forums or breeders pages on the net before getting one and only buy from a reputable breeder    
With "Exotics" there are many adverts for them on the net in the case of parrots etc BE careful and do your research    

Let us know how you get on  
mogs

i was told years ago, that parrots attatch themselves to one person and form a lifelong bond with them.......and people they dont like, they will growl at and poss attack.
Bazzer

Mogs is dead right with that.
My Cockatiel JoJo bonded with me and would jump straight onto me when I opened his cage. He would quite happily sit on my shoulder, crapping down my back, all day long if I let him. I could go anywhere and he would stay there but woe betide anyone else who went too close. Scottie had a few nips off him and that was just for putting her hand in the cage for something.
Also don't forget the age that some species live to.
poshscouse

I knew my George when he was a negg so he is definately home grown.

Also, although I have heard of the bonding thing he seems to be immune to that and will fly to anyone, although I seem to get more than my fair share of parrot cuddles of him... maybe he is just a bit of a cool dude in parrot terms.

The only really rotten thing he has done was, on a Virgin Penelino from London to Manchester, he called a railway worker an arse when said worker peered at him and said, aw, is that a parrot?
MrsWW

poshscouse wrote:
The only really rotten thing he has done was, on a Virgin Penelino from London to Manchester, he called a railway worker an arse when said worker peered at him and said, aw, is that a parrot?


Teehee  
Bazzer

How on earth did he pick up words like that?
Been listening to the Vicar again?
dai

if your going to get a african grey you will be better going to a breeder and get a young bird with the paperwork then you can bond with the bird they get board easly and can get destructve you have to spend lot,s time and patience with your bird this is a photo of my bird he is 16 yrs old
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kaz

Is that the usual colouring Dai?
dai

kas there are two types of african greys one is congoles the other is a timenh my bird is timenh which are a bit darker
poshscouse

My George is a soft, slate grey, with the sweet chalky mask.. I know there are 2 types of African greys but I have no idea which he is, he isn't arsed an neither am I but he natters away like a good un, can tell the time, adores everyone and I adore him.
poshscouse

Saw this today.

http://www.maniacworld.com/bird-loves-ray-charles.html
My bird is more of a beach boys fan....
loopy lou

that was brill!!

my bird is more of a singer than a dancer

loopy

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