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Buying an African grey

THINKING OF BUYING AN AFRICAN GREY?

Buying an African grey can be quite an alarming process. There are many things you should be looking for and considering before you commit to buying.

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My aim is to guide you through the preparation, buying, housing, feeding, taming and training of your new baby African Grey and to warn you of all the scams, illnesses and diseases that could be harmful to your ‘ new addition’. If you have recently bought a new baby  ‘ African Grey ‘ or are considering purchasing one as a pet, please take time to read my articles and take note of all of my warnings! – Too many baby birds are dying due to uncaring breeders and unknowledgeable owners, please do not let your baby be one of these!

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To avoid any of these warnings makes us as irresponsible as some of the unscrupulous ‘ Breeders ‘ who are farming out these birds for money rather than considering the welfare of you and the bird.

DO NOT BUY AN AFRICAN GREY IF:

* You are at work all day and your bird will be left on its own for long periods of time.

* You holiday or travel lots – especially if there is no family members who your bird will recognise and feel comfortable with, to care for it in your absence. Your birds routine will need to remain the same in your absence to avoid stress. Many birds stress when suddenly they are not allowed out of cage time.

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* You do not have lots of time to devote to your parrot. Owning an African Grey is very much like having a small child. They are very time consuming and require lots of attention, regular prepared meals, lots of cleaning and lots of expense. Remember bird sitters will be required in your absense!

Please consider all of these facts BEFORE buying an African Grey!

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What to look for in a healthy bird?

Happy and healthy signs from your bird

  • Eyes should be bright and alert.
  • Nostrils should be clear and dry.
  • Beak should be strong with no overgrowth, fractures or asymmetry.
  • Cere colour should be bright and there should be no overgrowth.
  • Inside mouth should look clean, with no noxious smell.
  • Feet should be moving freely on both legs, with no nail overgrowth, missing toes, excessive build-up of faeces. Base of feet have small ridges and no evidence of pododermatitis.
  • Try checking their grip by giving them a finger to stand on.
  • Feathers should appear shiny, smooth, vibrant, full feathers.
  • Check for ectoparasites, stress lines on feathers, abnormal growth, broken feathers, pin feathers, feather plucking and feathers stuck in a moult.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight. It is a good idea to train your bird to be weighed once a week (see notes below on weighing your bird).
  • Eating recommended food amounts regularly (twice a day).
  • Attentive and engaging.

Signs to look out for

Once you can see signs of illness or disease, it often means that the bird has already been ill for a while, and quick medical attentionis always important.

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Things to look out for include:

  • Subdued and not interacting as they would normally
  • Laboured breathing
  • Changes in feather – fluffed, dull, matted or missing feathers
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of interest in food and toys
  • Sitting at the bottom of the cage
  • Change in dropping consistency or colour
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Birds health can change with very little notice or reason, it’s ideal to regularly check your bird for any changes. If your bird is showing any of the above symptoms, we’d recommend seeking advice from your local avian vet, to ensure your bird is happy and healthy.

Weighing your bird

It is a good idea to weigh your bird regularly to ensure that it is neither losing weight, possibly due to illness, or gaining too much weight and becoming obese.

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Fortunately larger birds like the parrots can be trained to stand on an artificial perch on a set of scales, so are easy to weigh regularly.

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