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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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New Parrot ready to come home

OK everyone, I put a deposit on an African Grey 2 months ago. I got word the other day that I can bring her home in a week. I bought her cage the week I put a deposit on her, but now that the time has come, I'm extremely nervous. She was hatched June 16, so she will be about 10 weeks old when I bring her home. I have no idea what I am doing as this is my first bird. I have a rather large cage with different perches and several toys already. Is she old enough to put in that cage? Will she even play with the toys at this young age? I really wasn't expecting to bring her home for at least another month. HELP!!
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First, breathe....
Next, she should be perfectly fine. I would expect her to be a bit shy and reserved for the first bit of living with you but as long as the breeder has the babies in good weaning cages, etc then she should know perfectly how to play and everything.
Once you let her settle in a bit I would start clicker training with her immediately as it'll build trust between you two and be a medium to bond as well.
Good luck! I'll let others who have gone through the same situation chime in with some more specific advice. ^_^

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Christie, I don't want to disappoint you in your excitement.
But I think a 10 weeks old African Grey is much too young to leave his parents.
I'm afraid she won't be fully weaned.
Please don't adopt a parrot baby which still has to be handfed as a bird beginner!
Can the breeder give a guarantee that she doesn't need handfeeding any more?
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She is eating solid food and has been for about 3 weeks. Hand feeding is still needed. But she is spoon feeding her the formula only once a day. And I think I can handle that. No I don't have experience with birds. But I have nursed an weaned several animals from raccoons, squirrels, puppies, an kittens. I pretty sure I can handle it.
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Hand feeding a mammal is completely different to hand feeding a parrot, in my opinion. Birds have extremely fast metabolisms so you've really got to keep getting the food into that baby. Look into abundance weaning, here's a really good article on it (specifically mentioning African greys too!) ~

Please don't feel like anybody is trying to shoot you down. Many, many people have come and gone after buying an unweaned parrot. We really don't like to see the same thing happen over and over. It's heart breaking. I'm not doubting your knowledge or care at all, I'm just telling you to be extremely cautious. 10 weeks is very young for a grey to be placed into their home. My budgies don't usually wean until anywhere up to and over 8 weeks old. Other smaller species I've kept have been anything to over 12 weeks. Larger species take considerably longer. Abundance weaning is wonderful though. I used to stick to a schedule and I'd never ever do it again. Once my babies made a peep I would rush and feed them. I no longer hand feed unless I have to but it is by far the safest and most effective method for weaning your bub

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