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Posted 9/2/2005 12:34:37 PM Post #81
 

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The African Greys are probably the most popular...however, HALF the time, the bird will most likely bond to one person in the family - so get ready.

This is NOT to say it happens every time, it doesn't - EVERY SINGLE BIRD out there has a DIFFERENT personality, just as we do.

However, the Greys are the most intelligent bird/animal on the planet.

Let's discuss their behavior here - already have one? Thinking of getting another one? Great!

Manon :grey:

Manon

Posted 9/29/2005 1:55:57 PM Post #141
 

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Manon I have to agree with you Grays can be fickle, but they are awsome birds.  Mine started with Zinc poisoning and now has low calcium, she is an opinionated and independent bird and has no hesitation in telling you what she wants, and if you do not provide it - she is known to climb down from her cage and go get it herself!  They are not a bird for first time owners though.  And not all like like Irene Pepperbergs bird Alex.  Personality Plus

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Posted 11/7/2005 2:39:48 PM Post #228
 

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Grays - a classic debate.  Congo or Timneh?  What is best for a family?  Household with children ages 8-15, 7 other birds, 2 handicapped adults (one of which is me)?

Input?

Posted 11/26/2005 1:00:08 PM Post #246
 

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hi! The Greys are awesome I'll grant you that, my babies are usually talking by the time they're 3 1/2 mos.  I call them - my INTENSE BIRDS because they seem to just look right through you.

As for first time bird owners -- I guess it would depend on the folks (couple, older kids/no kids).  I've had a couple of clients that got a Grey for the first time, and have done well with them, and are extremely happy with the bird.  It's like I tell folks, birds-- just like people are all individuals, with different personalities, likes & dislikes.

Happy Grey'ing!

Manon :grey:

Manon

Posted 7/14/2006 5:04:17 AM Post #556
 

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I really want a baby Grey
Posted 3/27/2007 4:57:03 PM Post #818
 

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I want one tooOr a pair

They sick easy guys? I mean they are sensitive to some situations?
Posted 6/9/2007 7:42:07 PM Post #911
 

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Hi, I am a owner of a 9 yr. old African Gray Congo named Tiki.  He is my bird, I am his love.  He will tolerate other people from a far.  I am the only one he will step up for.  Tiki has a huge volcabulary, I have lost count long ago.  Congos can make a great pet.  You have to be a dedicated owner.  They love some freedom, and they are not happy locked up in a cage all the time.  Greys can be tough sometimes.  They are sticklers for schedules.  Tiki has to be in the cage by nine or he will fly off his bird stand and climb up his latter and put his own self in his cage if I forget.  Then once he get settled in his cage he mimics the alarm every single night.  I think he figures that an alarm goes off and we wake up, so he does the alarm at night now we can go to bed.  He has a great sence of humor.  Says words at the right time, one time someone dropped a broom and he responded with oh oh.  I was dancing with him (he likes to dance)  He stoped dancing and looked me right in the face and said "YOUR FUNNY"  I love my Gray.  It's a lifetime commentment and they live 50 plus years.  The Timneh seems to be more outgoing, and can talk just as well.  Don't expect a Gray to proform in from of people.  Grays love to abserve new comers from a far and that is usually it until they become comfortable.

Ok, that all I have for you.

Lisa
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Posted 11/28/2007 1:42:35 PM Post #1098
 

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I have a Timneh African Grey.  He is awesome!  He is my first larger bird (only keets before)  I am a stay at home mom so I have plenty of time for him. His cage door gets opened at about 7 in the morning and is only closed during the day if we have to go some where and it is closed for the day at about 9.  He is very talkative.  He tries to be a 1 person bird, but we try not to allow it lol.  He loves my husband, he will step up on him any time of day or night and sit on his shoulder while my husband goes from room to room.  I am his primary caregiver so I am a bit hurt by all this, but I don't let it get me down.  every time I tell him to step up he bites me, but i'm persitant and don't back off, and once he sees I mean buisness he steps right up.  I do have to make sure my hair is down when he is on my shoulder though cause he nibbles my ears lol.  I think I made the right decision getting a grey, he is awesome and a conversation peice for get togethers.  Me and my husband never get sick of watching him on his top perch and going to town w/ all the words he knows.
Posted 11/20/2011 10:59:33 AM Post #2777
 

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Hello!  I have a 3 year old male CAG.  Name is Houdini-I call him Houdi for short.  I am a first time caretaker of a "larger" bird.  I have had the smaller, noisier ones like parakeets and cockatiels in the past, even have a pair of cockatiels now.  I also have 2 green quakers (male & female-or so we were told the male was a male) and my Houdi.  Houdi is such lover, but likes his "alone" time too.  I adopted Houdi from a wonderful couple that were in a bad medical situation and felt they had no choice but to adopt out one of their 2 babies.  I am so thankful that I was blessed with such a wonderful creature.  As I said, I am a first time "large" bird caretaker but I did quite a bit of research before committing to caring for Houdi.  I am always looking for new information to give Houdi the best possible life experience he can have.  Houdi has been with me a week now, and I would be devastated without him.  He is such a riot!  In the bird world, he would be a comedian, maybe would even give Jeff Foxworthy a run for his money.  Although I have been intrigued by Grey's since I was a young teenager, never dreamed one would steal my heart as quickly as Houdi has. 

Love my Houdi...

Byntstr8

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