just wondering if anyone here has an african grey. i saw one today and fell in love and i would love to get one. they're just so darn expensive. the one i saw was around $1,500. and then theres the cage thats expensive too. but they're such amazing birds!
Aren't they supposed to be the best talkers around? Have you ever had a parrot. I hear they require a lot of attention, and they get jealous and mad at you if you don't give it to them. Does noise bother you? Cause you're gonna get lots of it. If you can handle all that, parrots are great pets. Also make sure the store has a really good guarantee. You wouldn't want to be out all that money.
trust me lalayla, im used to noise. i have 2 cockatiels, 2 teddy bear hamsters, 3 cats, 2 dogs, and a gerbil. the cockatiels are very noisy. and as for giving attention i could defintly do that. they're so amazing, and yes i too have heard that they're the best talkers which would be nice. my one cockatiel talks like crazy, i would love to see how much i could get the grey to talk
i have decided that i really do want one. now all i have to do is save up the money, and talk my parents into it! i tried the other day for a bearded dragon but my mom said no to that. but i have wanted a grey for quite a while now, in fact i had wanted to get an african grey instead of my second cockatiel not this past summer but the one before, but they were too expensive
i actually do work at a petstore, and i get 15% off everything. but that still doesn't cut the cost a whole lot. in fact its one of the three african greys we have that i fell in love with. when we first got him in i had to hand feed him, and now every morning i see him he squaks at me, and he already says hello!
I don't have a Grey...I have a Macaw, but back before we decided on her, we had considered getting a grey...talked to a few breeders, etc. They are wonderful birds. My advice to you is to read everything you can about them beforehand. They are very intelligent and quite amazing not only at picking up vocabulary, but at immitating sounds and voices. My friend had a grey that could imitate both hers and her husband's voice exactly.......along with the telephone...her car alarm...the dog's bark....the microwave beep...etc etc. lol. Parrots are very entertaining, but are also fairly high maintenance (as you know from working in the pet store) They demand a lot of attention...and they need to be kept busy with toys and activities or there is a risk of bad habits developing such as excessive screaming, biting and feather picking. The other thing to take into consideration with birds like this is the commitment...they have a very long lifespan (50 to 80 yrs), so you have to be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Its great that you have had a chance to bond with this bird...is it a Congo or a Timnah ? $1500 seems a little pricey for a Grey.....down here in Florida you can get them handraised for around $800 from a breeder. I think the Petstores charge more of course. Anyhow...best of luck on whatever you decide! Living with a parrot can definately be a challenge, but its also very rewarding :)
we have an african grey as a hospital pet. she is a very awesome bird. she tells the dogs and cats they are either good or bad, depending on how they are acting. i think it is amazing she can connect like that. she is a wonderful talker, knows most of our names and says them. i could go on and on. but there are a few downsides to these birds. they are slobs. real slobs, their food and fruit and everything can be flung onto walls and all over the floor. they are way more mess than a cat or dog. greys can be extremely 1 person birds. that is why we have nova. her owner got married and nova did not take to the owners wife at all. nova still hates woman but once she gets to know you, and it takes a long time, she is okay. but any strange guy can go up to her and she is a love to them. and greys are nottorious feather pluckers. good luck if you get the bird. they are aesome animals.
We have a grey. Bogie is a great bird. He does pick up tons of sounds and voices. He has been with us for a year now. When we got him he had been through about 4 other families. So the guy we got him from wanted to make sure we had planned on keeping him with us. He is about 10 years old now. They take a while to get used to change also. With Bogie came two cages all for 600 dollars. The cages were pretty old and ratty so we saved up and got him a new one. Bogie was scared to go onto it at first but now he loves that he can roam all over it. He also is not used to being locked up so we try to let him roam as much as possible. The guy we got him from knew of him from a previous owner (long story) that had to take him to a bird store and this bird store clipped his wings (that had never been clipped) and locked him in a cage (which he wasn't used to) and never let him out. So he stressed and started pluciking feathers. We are still working on it now to keep him from doing this. I think he needs to make sure he isn't going anywhere first( due to all the other families he has had). Although there is a grey in our petsmart right now and he is I believe the sign said 1,100 maybe. I know it was at least that much maybe more. They are messy birds, but we are lucky and have him in a corner that is concrete from where a wood stove used to be. Then we have one of those plastic office floor mats underneath his cage. Easy to clean. Bogie had figured out how to get off his cage though cause its so low to the floor. Which wasn't good cause then he would go into the kitchen and chew on our cupboard doors and floor. NOw that is a mess. We since have gotten plexy(sp) glass and bordered his cage bottom with it so he cannot get off cage. He only liked men when we got him. Eventually he started liking me. He still is getting used to our 9 year old daughter. They do take time to liking everyone. Um I could go on and on. Just let me know if you want to know anything else.
they are lovely birds, and are the best talker. my mums frien had one his name is Willie (William) he is great and very funny, Willie talks just like his owner, when you go in to his house and Willie is talking, but you cant see him you dont no who it is him or my mums friend. he is a great talker, he sings songs askes for the tv on ect but you have to be there allot for them, i dont now if its just Willie it happens to but when ever my mums friens goes out for a few hours, he comes back to find Willie with allot of his fethers pulled out. he hasn't got his yellow tail fethers as he pulled them out. you have to spend allot of time with them what one are you considering getting? i cant remember what they are called but they are a few different sizes.
I have found that prices on parrots are cheaper in Florida. Here in Ohio I think a grey would easliy go for over 1000.00, but I haven't really priced them so I don't know for sure. We had a Macaw but we had to provide other arrangements for her. I sure do miss her though. And, yes, she was noisey...or at least loud!!!! But my little Indian Ringneck is noisier than she ever was! He never shuts up. And if you are in the kitchen or eating something....then he really won't stop. As someone else said....this is a LONG commitment. Make sure you think about high school, college, jobs....and everything else that would keep you from your bird. They really do need alot of attention. And they get depressed and stressed from changes, so if you spoil them in the beginning and then the attention tapers off you are likely to see it in their behavior....and they can be destructive if upset too.
thanks everyone. he's a congo, and he's absolutly gorgeous. i'm very aware of the mess, and the noise. we have 3 of them at the store, as well as senegals, conures and a blue and gold macaw. i'm also aware of the long commitment, and im pretty sure i'm ready for it. i haven't gotten him yet, because i still watn to do some research, and completely decide if this is right for me or not. i'm pretty sure that it'll be a yes.....!