If you want to buy a baby african grey make sure you know enough to pick a bird that is healthy and has good prospects of being the pet you are looking for. Buying an african grey, like buying any other reasonably large parrot, is an expensive proposition unless of course you are fortunate to be the receipient of a free bird. And, as with any other expensive purchase take your time to make sure you are buying exactly what you want in the condition that you want it. Mistakes can be costly to rectify.
Before you hand your hard earned money over ask yourself the following questions:
- Have I considered the full implications of owning a parrot and in particular an african grey parrot? Do I know the level of noise they make? Am I fully aware of the magnitude of the destruction an african grey, or any other parrot for that matter, can inflict? Have I considered my neighbours, will they be affected?
- Do I have space in my house for the parrot cage? Also will I be able to put the cage where my parrot will be constantly stimulated and amused by the ebb and flow of human traffic? Parrots are social creatures and when living in your home will consider you part of their flock.
- Do I have the time for a parrot. Parrots can be demanding creatures and they do require your attention. Not just a couple of minutes whenever you can spare a bit time. Plenty time versus quality is a myth. Parrots are not interested in quality time, they want lots of time. Parrots left to their own devices become bored. This can lead to troublesome birds. Screeching, piercing whistles, aggression, biting and even feather plucking.
Ok, if you have successfully got through those questions and are still keen on buying a parrot taking note of the following will help to ensure you get a parrot that is healthy and right for you.
- Buy only from a reputable african grey breeder. A parrot breeder who has been in business for sometime with a track record for producing sound and healthy birds. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You want a parrot that comes from a recognised and reputable source.If you are buying from a pet shop ask for the breeders details.
- Have a good look at the bird. African grey babies should look plumpish and fluffy, not thin or skinny looking. Their eyes should be watchful, black and round. There should be no discharge around the nostrils and the beak should fit together well with no deformities. No faeces should be crusted around the vent and droppings should be watery and loose. Feathers should be uniformly shaped and look in good condition.
- Before going home with you your baby african grey should be fully weaned but it is a good idea to continue giving your baby porridge as this can be a very effective way of giving medicine.
African Grey Parrots make fantastic pets and are well worth the effort and time put into them. The above may not be exhaustive but it will help you to get a baby african grey that is healthy, hale and hearty with a good chance for a long and healthy life. Find out how you can create a fantastic relationship with your bird that will last a lifetime (parrots are not called “companion birds” for nothing).