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    In around 7 years, i was thinking of buying an African Grey Parrot. Ive owned 2 budgies and currently i have 1 lovebird and 1 budgie. I always wanted an African Grey but i am too young to commit to one yet. What would you guys say? Do you think that it would be a good idea to buy one or no? I've seen many of them and i find them fascinating. I love their ability to talk. I would buy one and name it Makena. If anyone has any experience with this particular parrot, it would be great if you could give me some info and/or tips on keeping one. Its clear that i wont be buying one soon but its always good to do extra research! Also, if anyone knows of a good breeder, that would be helpful. Also how much all accesories and cage etc. would cost. Thank you!

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    Re: Should i buy?

    i think you should wait until yuor closer to that 7 year mark. theres no point deciding whether or not you should get one now because things can change drastically in 7 years and you may be a completly different person and not be able to commit to a parrot. you may also have a family or a career that needs your undivided attention and it wouldn't be fair to set your mind on getting an african grey 7 years from now.

    enjoy the birds you have now and when the time comes you'll know if your ready for another bird or if you want to hold off for a bit longer.

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    Re: Should i buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by .Marisol. View Post
    I've seen many of them and i find them fascinating. I love their ability to talk.
    I think people get way too caught up in the fact that they can speak. Not all of them will speak, then what? There should be more to buying a bird than it's ability to speak. I'm not suggesting you are this type of person but consider that they may never talk.

    Myself, I am not a grey "person". I prefer high energy, clown-ish birds that you can fight and be crazy with, something you can't do with most greys. It depends on what you are looking for aside from talking ability.

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    Re: Should i buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by peachee View Post
    I think people get way too caught up in the fact that they can speak. Not all of them will speak, then what? There should be more to buying a bird than it's ability to speak. I'm not suggesting you are this type of person but consider that they may never talk.

    Myself, I am not a grey "person". I prefer high energy, clown-ish birds that you can fight and be crazy with, something you can't do with most greys. It depends on what you are looking for aside from talking ability.
    Lisa, i never said that that is the only reason. I just said that i thought that they were very intelligent. Please dont misinterpret my words and sentiments. I really find them fun parrots. Their talking ability astounds me, however, i can find lots of other reasons why i am considering this parrot in particular.

    And i know that 7yrs is a long way away but the reason why i asked now was because i didnt want to get too many parrots before that, just because i dont want to over do the amount of animals in my household.

    Remember everyone, im only 13, im just trying to plan my future a little bit. Its not like im 30, and planning whether or not to get a parrot in 7yrs.

    Thank you everyone. Sorry for the blunt reply. Best wishes to everyone!

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    Re: Should i buy?

    Katja
    my advice is this
    if ur that young id wait even longer
    a big bird is a huge commitment and u dont know what ur life will look like
    where u will live ..who u will be with ..kids ..income...and time

    birds that live that long...birds that are so clever and need tons of stimulation are for the risk takers in my opinion
    i love all birds..i just feel some arent meant to be pets
    feather pluckers..screamers...destroyers of human abodes
    they really can turn into jailbirds
    and we only have ourselves to blame
    the only people i feel who could keep one are ones who work from home or can take the bird in to work with them and give them that attention they need
    even at 20 i think its too young to be able to foresee what ur going to be doing with ur life
    good luck...its a great adventure but it can lead to frustration guilt and suffering

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    Re: Should i buy?

    Yeah, I kind of second the last post. Being only 21 myself, I don't regret getting the birds I have as I love them dearly (Senegal, BH Caique, GC Conure, 11+ lovebirds)! But if I didn't have them, I could travel anywhere, go on vacation, whatever! I could leave on a dime and take a weekend for myself. Unfortunately, I can't do that now as I have to find someone to watch them, make sure there is enough food to last them until I come home, or since I breed lovebirds, I have to take babies with me to handfeed or find someone I trust to handfeed. In a way, it makes me feel trapped. But I love my birds and I don't plan on traveling too much. So far it has worked out fairly well. I am living 2 miles from the college I attend and 1/2 mile from my job. My job is flexible and I can leave whenever I need to feed babies, etc. Take my experiences into account before actually thinking about committing your life to such a large bird. (personally, I would work my way up from something easy to take care of like you have, to something more time and money consuming.....I started with my Senegal then got lovebirds to breed then my BH Caique.)
    Then again, a part of me says "It makes sense to get a bird that lives that long while you are young so you don't have to worry about putting it in your will..." but that is just silly talk. You have your whole life in front of you!

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    Re: Should i buy?

    But, the thing is, im going to be going to college in Saskatchewan (of course im taking my lovebird because i will be living with relatives!) so i wont be buying any birds until after college. I will be training to become a veterinarian. And an avian one at that. I know where i will be applying for a job as an avian vet assistant first. And trust me, birds are welcome! So there is no problem with my job. But i wont be getting my bird before my job. No wayyy! And also, ive already been traveling. There will only be a couple more places for me to go! Thankss

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    Re: Should i buy?

    if your only 13 and are planning on become an avain vet you will need to wait FAR longer then 7 years to get a grey. you will probably graduate high school when your around 17-18, then have to go to school to become a Vet which takes apprx. 6 years. by then you'll be 24, and even then i wouldn't suggest getting a high maintance bird because you will be focussing on your career. even though birds may be welcome at the practice you start working at it will not get the same kind of attetion as it would if you worked out of your house etc...it wouldn't be fair to cage up a bird all day long while your busy doing your work, they need to BE with you too feel completly happy.

    i still stand by my last post, you need to wait until your life has settled down a bit and you can for-see what your going to do in your future. it's amazing that your so willing to plan out your future but things change, believe me.

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    Re: Should i buy?

    I say find out as much as you can about living with a grey and how to take care of them. I would save finding out where or from whom to get one until you are actually ready to buy one. Seven years is a long time away like everyone has said, and what you find out now about where to get a grey may be out of date by then.

    Marisol is also still very new to you. There is so much she still has to show you, so please don't feel like she isn't a talkative or intelligent companion! I kept a lovebird for 13 years - they are characters and have so much to offer!
    .~Brock~.


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    Re: Should i buy?

    I'd spend the next several years reading up on greys. Visit different bird sites, look up forums that focus on greys or grey rescue & rehabilition. If you can, try to interact with greys now. Maybe there is a rescue/rehab in your area that would like volunteers. Or as you get older (not sure what the laws are in Canada about minors working), perhaps you can work at a vet's office or at a reputable pet/bird store.

    Greys are fascinating birds, I agree. As a child I wanted a pair of budgies or an African grey. My parents never gave in to my requests. I was able to have birds while living on campus in college and shared my dorms/apts. with budgies. I still love, admire and perhaps yearn for a grey... but I'm not 100% certain I can provide a grey with a proper home. Sure, I can afford to bring one home, buy the necessary supplies and toys, can provide exceptional vet care... but greys can be difficult. They are extremely sensitive parrots and environment is very important in their care. This is just MY situation; it's entirely possible that in a few years I could provide for one. For now, I don't think I can provide the proper home for a grey.

    It's hard to say, Katja, what will happen to you in the next 7 months, let alone 7 years I commend you for asking question though about the bird of your dreams. Don't hesitate to ask questions of other grey owners: they are magnificant parrots!

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    Re: Should i buy?

    Thank you Eliza for YOUR support. There is a magnificent bird store called West Coast Tropical Bird Studio really close to me. Also at the back of it is my vet, Dr.Macdonald. I might ask for a job at West Coast in a year or so.

    Brock, Marisol is a Fabulous companion but i was just saying that in the future i might want to buy one. I never said i was going to. I just was asking your opinions if you thought that i could take on one.

    Gina, its great that your standing by your opinions but i have mine too. I was giving a really rough estimate on when i wanted to buy the bird. That was the minimum age! I will be 23 by the time i finish University and then i will try to get the job at Dr. Macdonald's vet office. So 23 is around 20. I'm saying that when im in my 20's i would really like to think about getting this parrot. Think, getting this species of bird at a young age would be only fair since the bird might live longer than I.

    -Katja

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    Re: Should i buy?

    I think it's awesome that you came here and asked about the Grays. The more you know, the more you will be armed and prepared. No matter if it's 7 or 14 or 28 years from now. I've been on here for over a year now, and I did nothing but read and talk, read and talk, read and talk. Going back over my posts, I'm sure I sounded like I was definately going to get this or that breed as I learned more and more. It was the best thing that I ever did. I'd say it was just as valuable as going to spend time with the birds too, because stores, breeders, etc, they want to sell them .. you know? And if they specialize in a breed, they are already very partial to them so you can't always get balanced opinions from them.

    But I really second going to shows, fairs, breeders and stores and just holding and playing with birds as you grow up. As you grow and change your opinions about them, your education about them will also grow and it will all come together when it's time.

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    Re: Should i buy?

    listen katja, i didn't mean to offend you nor did i ever intend for you to think that i wasn't supporting your descision. i was merely stating that alot can change in a few years and that you shouldn't get your heart set on a certain/approx. age because nothing in life is ever as simple as it seems. i never discouraged you from reading articles/books/websites about greys, nor did i express any negative feelings towards you getting a parrot. i don't think it's fair for you to say we're not supporting you because none of us ever tried to discourage you from getting a bird. we all just think that 7 years is a long ways away and we want you to be mentally, physcailly, financially prepared for a parrot that needs so much attention and requires so much responsibilty.

    i think it's awesome that your willing to do the necissary research and that your so interested in helping animals. i jsut want you to take your time and not rush things, i know the parrot may outlive you if you wait until your older but at least you will be more stable (have a house, a career etc...)

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    Katja, I think it's great that you're looking for answers to your questions and researching something that may happen in a few years. I've done that a lot too--for example, a year and a half or two years ago, I posted about thinking about getting a sun conure or african grey in five years. Well, as situations would have it, I found myself adopting an 8 year old sun conure three months ago instead of the five year plan I had in mind.

    When I was 13, I was sure I was going to be an MD or a bacteriologist. I had known that since I was three years old! All the classes I took in middle and high school were science and medicine oriented. I never even took one art, dance, or music class just so I could fit in more science classes. What am I doing now at 23, 10 years later? I am currently getting my master's degree in music. I have my bachelor's degree in piano pedagogy (piano teaching theories). I've also recently decided that I'm going to get a second master's in library science so I can have a career in music librarianship, something I didn't even know existed until a couple years ago.

    Anyway, my point is that life changes, minds change, and they change FAST. I think it's great that you're looking at finding out the most you can in the time you have before you get another bird, but I do agree with others in that a whole lot can happen between now and when you're 20 so make sure you keep an open mind with all of this. Also, having a long-lived parrot when you're young isn't necessarily fair to the bird. I can tell you that I am very poor because I am a student--this is with the assistantship my school has given me too. Most people who get higher degrees like you plan to are very much in debt when they finish school and will thus live frugally. If you can find a way to make it work, that's wonderful, but know that while age is no limit, finances definitely are.

    There are some people here in their early 20s with big birds, or people like me with a lot of birds. We manage, but that's something you need to decide when you get there. In the meantime, you can go to bird fairs, read lots of books, or keep asking about all sorts of parrots that pique your interest.
    No one here means to attack you--you're taking great care of Marisol and you will be a great candidate for being a bird mom to other birds in the future too. Go with life's changes--while they may put some dreams back a few years, or change your mind about some things that you do, it is a wonderful and interesting process to see how far you've come in seven short years.

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    Re: Should i buy?

    Katja,
    You would be very wise to research up on greys and all the demands of caring for one. I became a bird "owned" by a congo african grey strictly by coincidence. I work in a nursing home, and a former resident out of the goodness of his heart (oh boy) decided to "give" the nursing home a 4 mo. old CAG in appreciation for his care. No one else who worked there would commit to taking care of Max. Being an animal lover I did, knowing absolutely NOTHING about parrots whatsoever. I learned everything I know through asking questions online and reading books. It has just worked out for the best (by a miracle) that Max has adjusted so well. He is almost 1 y/o and I adore him. He comes home with me on the weekends, because he requires a lot of attention. He is just now starting to talk and is picking up phrases. Everyone who has responded has had good advice and intentions. I just want to say you are blessed to hear all of this BEFORE you make a decision. I was not asked, just showed up at work one day and here's Max. I wouldn't change anything, but just wish that I had had the opportunity to be prepared. I wish you all the best. You obviously have a kind heart, you will make a great parrot owner in the future

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