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    Buying an African Grey

    Hello i would love to get an African Grey Parrot.
    Can someone please tell me what i need and how much they cost?
    Thankyou!

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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    Hi there,
    African Greys are great parrots for sure...there's a lot of fun stories about them in this forum alone. As for getting one, well, I would discourage you from getting one for awhile yet anyway. First, do a TON of research on them. Find out if an african grey is REALLY the right bird for your personality and your lifestyle (not to mention, how you life will be in 10, 20, 30 years etc). Greys can be difficult birds and they can develop behavioral problems like plucking, screaming, etc..like any bird really, but from what I've read, greys are pretty sensitive birds. They're certainly not the easiest to take care of.

    As for cost, I couldn't tell you how much they cost in Australia, Matty will have to answer that one. Here in the US they cost roughly around $1000 usually...give or take a few hundred. That's not the only cost though. You need to be able to afford an avian vet if anything goes wrong with your bird, plus you need to afford a big enough cage for them, plus many many toys, as chances are half will get destroyed rather quickly. I know that if I were to buy an african grey, I probably wouldn't do so unless I had at least $3000 saved for the bird, initially anyway.

    There's a lot to think about when getting a grey, or any bird for that matter. I understand you're 14? It's pretty tough at that age to really know what you're going to do in life, and sometimes it's hard to fit a bird into that, many colleges/universities don't allow pets, a lot of apartments don't (at least here anyway, I don't know about in Australia).

    I guess all I'm saying is to do a lot of research, and wait awhile. Getting a bird like a grey is like having a 5 year old child, and having that child for possibly 50 years. Are you ready for that kind of commitment at 14? I don't think I would be, lol. It's just me, but I know I'm a very different person now than when I was 14.

    Hope this doesn't offend you at all, I just don't want you to possibly get in a little over your head. Good luck!

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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    I don't think i should get one if it takes that much time and stuff.
    I'm just looking for a pet that would love me

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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    may i sudjest a cockatiel. They are nice birds and easy to care for
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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    I agree 100 percent.

    Get an African grey if you are ready for 50 years of daily commitment of at least a few hours a day. They are wonderful pets.

    If this isn't for you, or isn't for you yet, you want a pet that will is a bit easier to car for. If you really want a bird, try a cockatiel or a budgie. They don't have the same problem behaviors. THey need time and love every day, and they are loving (particularly cockatiels), but they don't require the time and commitment of a larger bird.
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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    I have had a cockitiel before and my neighbers compainedit made to much noise! But that was a male and males are the noisiest right? How noisy are females?
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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    Quote Originally Posted by Bird Boy View Post
    I have had a cockitiel before and my neighbers compainedit made to much noise! But that was a male and males are the noisiest right? How noisy are females?
    any bird can be noisy if and when it wants. My female budgie can get almost as loud as my conure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bird Boy View Post
    I have had a cockitiel before and my neighbers compainedit made to much noise! But that was a male and males are the noisiest right? How noisy are females?
    Unfortunately, if a cockatiel gave your neighbors pause, I don't think there are many parrot species that will work easily right now. While individual birds and bird species to vary in noise level, all make some noise part of the time, and I can't think of any that are significantly quieter than a cockatiel. Unfortunately, some screaming or "contact calling" is just inevitable with parrots.
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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    Quote Originally Posted by Bird Boy View Post
    I don't think i should get one if it takes that much time and stuff.
    I'm just looking for a pet that would love me
    All (repeat and emphasize: ALL) larger pet birds need LOTS of time and attention to avoid possible destructive behaviors. They can be loud, they are ALL messy, and you need to spend at LEAST 2 hours a day in close interaction (they want to be physically ON you ALL of the time!). If you want a pet to love that doesn't require lots of time or attention, get a cat...

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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    I'm sure Lachlan realizes that there are other pet options, but just wants to make sure about birds. I'm glad he stopped by here to talk it over and think more about it before he did anything!

    But I do agree with others above--tiels and budgies are about as "quiet" as you can get. The only other bird that I can t hink of that may be "quieter" is a parrotlet, but they require lots and lots and lots of love and attention, not to mention toys and other supplies! What exactly are you looking for in a pet?

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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    What about a Bourke's Parakeet? They're extremely docile and are very quiet birds.
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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    I don't know why i forgot about Bourke's They're among the most wonderful parrots with lots of love to give. They are similar to tiels and budgies in terms of care.

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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    i suggest getting two cockatiels...two males...who have been used to each other either in a great pet store ( handreared) or from a breeder who knows their age and sex

    they dont make a lot of noise if they have company of their own kiind..they do get noisy shrieky if ur all they have..they become very dependent on u and can scream if they lose sight of u

    but no..they are not noisy compared to the big toos and parrots
    good luck...
    mine are the best birds i have ever had
    ive had a corella budgies but tiels are my favourite

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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    lol i agree i have 7 parrots and its a good thing my neighbors like them ... and my brother tells me when he hears them screaming during the day, ( he lives on the first floor, good thing he likes them too... )
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    Re: Buying an African Grey

    I can't have noise in the house. I like it quiet. I have a Parrotlet. She is very quiet. She only chirps loudly in the morning when I make her breakfast and when I change her cage at night. Each lasts for only a few minutes. Also, if she rides on my shoulder in the morning, she says nothing. Very quiet.

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