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Posted 1/28/2011 1:15:01 PM Post #2506

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I've had birds in the past, but they were all smaller birds (Parakeets), and I have always wanted a larger bird. The African Grey really catches my interest because of it's intelligence, but I want to make sure that I am making a good choice. I am in the process of reading books about them and understand that they require a lot of time, and are picky eaters. I have no problem spending all the time needed with them, and I could do to eat better anyway, so no problem with the picky eater thing either.

I just have a couple questions though, if anyone would be so kind as to answer them.
1. From what I read, it is easier to train, or condition them if they have a flock-mate that they can compete with. In addition, I have no problem spending a lot of time with them initially, but I may be unable to continue to such a degree in the future. Does this mean that it would be better to get two of them together?
2. Is there a notable difference in the temperament of males vs. females, and if so, what are they?
3. I feel that it would be important to buy directly from a credible breeder. Does anyone know of a breeder in the Fresno area of California? If so, or if you are it, would it be a good idea to visit and bond with the bird(s) before buying it/them?
4. I understand the importance of taking the bird(s) to an aviary vet soon after purchase. How would I go about finding someone in my area?
5. All my previous birds lived their lives with the cage door open, and were (luckily) naturally afraid of the moving fan. They would fly the perimeter of the room with it was on. Is this something that can be taught to a Grey, or would I have to put some kind of cage around my fan?
6. It is also my understanding that Greys tend to bond with just one person. How would I go about conditioning a bird to remain open to interaction with other people as well?

I'm sure I can come up with more questions, but I don't want to wear out my welcome right at the beginning, so I think I'll stop there for now.
Posted 1/29/2011 8:59:26 AM Post #2507

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NO, don't get two, it will make them not as tame as they would be otherwise. I think you should put the fan somewhere else just in case, and you should ask a normal vet about where you can find an avian one.

Posted 4/6/2011 9:58:09 PM Post #2578

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sorry i'm a breeder in MS cant help you with breeders in CA. Also no diffrence between male and female it just depends on the bird. They can be one person birds alot depends on how they were socialized when weaned. We have 5 young children so a baby from the start is conditioned to multiple people however this can only go so far depends on the bird. We took a rescue in a few weeks ago at first he was very defensive and a viscious biter. He has warmed up and loves the entire family. Hoever he does like to sing to my wife.there is no 100 again it all depends on the bird. Remember when you take on one of these you are taking on a 5 yr old child with emiotional stability of a 2 yr old. Just as every 5 yr old is diffrent so goes the gray.
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