African Grey Parrots-how to start?

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African Grey Parrots-how to start?

Post by bsar.. » Sun, 16 Oct 1994 06:07:49



Just a question:

I have been considering the purchase of a pet, and I have read
a lot of good things about African grey parrots.  Can someone
tell me how much I should be willing to pay for one, and how
to avoid disreputable/smuggled birds?  I don't want to contribute
to any parrot's extinction.

P.S.  Please post here; my Internet email is less-than-reliable.

Thanks.

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African Grey Parrots-how to start?

Post by Barry Libens » Wed, 19 Oct 1994 04:57:46


Quote:

> Just a question:

> I have been considering the purchase of a pet, and I have read
> a lot of good things about African grey parrots.  Can someone
> tell me how much I should be willing to pay for one, and how
> to avoid disreputable/smuggled birds?  I don't want to contribute
> to any parrot's extinction.

> P.S.  Please post here; my Internet email is less-than-reliable.

> Thanks.

I paid $900 for my CAG when she was about three months old.  I went to a
well known reputable dealer who does not deal in wild birds.  If you state
where you are from, many on the net may be able to make a recommendation.
I will point out these facts about a Grey, however, if it is going to be
your first bird:

1. When they bite, it hurts... alot (if they want it to), ... and bleeds.

2. They are much like small children.  They require a good amount of
attention, will scream if they don't get it (not as much as***atoos),
and are very loving in return.

3. My bird is aclimated to my entire house, however, she still gets
skidish when strangers are around.  Especially loud and active strangers.
When she is skidish she tends to be very nippy i.e. she bites even me.

4. She will not let anyone else in my house handle her so she is not a
family pet.  CAG tend to bond to one person.

5. I wouldn't trade her for anything.  When I come home from work, I think
she is happier to see me than my wife!

Regards,
Barry

 
 
 

African Grey Parrots-how to start?

Post by FlaSkyDi » Mon, 24 Oct 1994 13:01:04



writes:

Quote:
>I have been considering the purchase of a pet, and I have read
>a lot of good things about African grey parrots.  Can someone
>tell me how much I should be willing to pay for one, and how
>to avoid disreputable/smuggled birds?  I don't want to contribute
>to any parrot's extinction.

Look for a hand-tamed, domestic baby. Cost can be anywhere from $500-800,
depending on who's selling. The bird should have a CLOSED (solid) band on
its leg. A band with a gap usually means 'imported'. Also look for a
breeder instead of a pet shop. There ARE reputable shops, but you'll
usually get a better deal from a breeder.

There are two major breeds: Congos (CAG) and Timneh (TAG). Some smaller
Congos are sometimes called Ghana greys. Congos have bright red tails,
Timnehs have a brownish tail. Both are good talkers. Timnehs are known to
be of a milder disposition. Be advised that Greys need LOTS of attention,
and have been said to have the intelligence of a small child.

They're great pets. In fact, Chris (my grey) isn't my pet...he's my buddy!

Good Luck,
Gary