as some of you may know, i've fallen in love with an african grey from work. however he's $1700, and then theres the money for the cage. i make just over $200 each payday. and although i love the one at work i know he'll get a good home. last night i found a site for greyhaven, a bird adoption center. the prices for african greys range from $300 to $600, and as i understand the cages come with the bird. im not saying paying for the one at work woudln't be worth it, and i can get the money...but i started thinking that maybe i should adopt one, give him or her a second chance. i know how just about everyone feels when it comes to adopting a dog or a cat, but whats everyones thoughts on adopting a large bird like an african grey?
Adoption of any kind is a wonderful selfless thing. The only thing I would think you would have to really prepare yourself for when it comes to adopting an abused/neglected/abandoned parrot is that these birds have a tendancy to not be as forgiving as dogs. Birds, though 'tame' are really not domestic and rehomed parrots sometimes come with deep set problems which can lead to extreme aggression and self mutilation. Most are not going to come to you like the sweet hand raised baby Grey you are used to at the pet store....both you and all the members of your household will have to be in agreement and willing to help the rescue bird through whatever issues it may have. Another point to consider is that rescues are there to ensure their birds are going to forever homes....Greys especially are very sensitive to changes in surroundings and environment , and the last thing the rescue wants is to have to rehome the bird more than once. Therefore they are usually VERY strict about placement and more than likely won't adopt a bird out to an inexperienced home. Seeing as you have worked around parrots at the pet store, it is worth checking into though !
that was what i was actually worried about, was the agression problem. i know when we adopted tiny, she was a little timid and scared at first, but she came around. but i know when we adopted peter, our cockatiel, he was really hard to get around too. and even now quite a few years later, we're still having agression problems with him. and i know african greys have amazing memories, which is why i was worried. i wouldn't watn to get a bird that was so emotionally scarred that it would be too hard to handle, but at the same time, i love the idea of being able to rescue one
oops, more to add i also know that birds are not good with changes, in any type of situation. when we moved it took my birds a while to get used to the whole difference. the adoption place i decided to go through actually has this long adoption thing you ahve to go through, and answer a bunch of questions. even though i haven't quite decided, i filled one out and brought it over. when i gave it to them, i told them that i haven't fully decided if i'm ready to adopt one, but that i wanted to give myself time to be accepted for when i did decide. the lady said there was no problem with that, and that it was actually good i was giving myself time to decide. this is going to be a huge decision to make, so i just gave in the papers, and they can be seeing if im accepted or not. she said that me having cockatiels, one being adopted, and be working in a petstore would really help with my application. so i'm hoping that im going to be accepted. i will however not go and adopt a bird until i have made a complete decision. i don't want to get a bird, and then not be able to care for it and give it back. that wouldn't be fair to the bird to be changing environments like that because i made a wrong decision. so i'm going to take some time and think about it still, and decide if i want to adopt one, or be in forever debt to my boss and get the one from the store thanks for the advice, and i'll let everyone know what i've decided to do once i decide. btw, im still doing research, so any more information would be great....can never know too much!
Its so refreshing to see someone going about this the RIGHT way! Kudos to you for taking the time to do your homework and make an informed decision. Parrots are so often an 'impulse' buy (thats why they are so often misunderstood and ultimately abandoned). Too many people get a parrot because they're 'pretty' or they're a neat conversation piece, and never put any thought into the amount of time and care it takes to raise one. They are not low maintenance pets. I really hope you DO decide to adopt a Grey....be it from a rescue or a pet store....and I wish you all the luck in the world in finding the perfect bird......from the sounds of it you would make a wonderful 'parent' to one of these very special creatures :-)