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Opinion from those of you with Greys

So I'm debating between saving up for an African Grey or a Caique. A Grey is my absolute dream bird, but Caique are active and funny and I think would be the perfect bird for me.

Anyways, what I'm wondering is are Greys really as dusty as people say they are? My Cockatiel was really dusty where I had to vacuum/sweep around his cage 1-2 times a day to get all of the feathers and dust. When he molted it was a different matter entirely where it looked like another bird had exploded all over the floor, lol.

So Greys are obviously way larger but would they produce the same or more amount of dust as a 'Tiel when you think of the size difference. (so basically if a Cockatiel was the same size as a Grey would they be the same dust-wise, LOL)

Reason I want to know is A) I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to bird dust (although not severely or anything), and B) if we are still in this house by the time I save up enough for cage, accessories, and bird it would be kept in our bedroom. If we are moved into a different house it would be kept elsewhere though.

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if dust IS an issue for you, a grey will be worse than a tiel. bigger bird, more dust go with the caique, its the better choice in your case



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I definitely think a caique is your best bet. Just be super careful with one (same as any bird though) around your son. They're crazy crazy birds!

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I did some research into how dusty greys are before and found this picture.

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There is a pair of caiques at a bird store I frequent. They're not for sale, they live in the back in a huge aviary. They are the cutest, craziest and most ADD birds I've ever seen. They're extremely smart and if you want a bird that is like Taz from Looney Toons that's your best bet. They surf your hand, preen you, and can undo any knot or bolt. Their poop is humongous though for a smaller bird. The girl that works there also has a grey of her own and yes, dusty dusty bird! Sweet as anything though. Which would better fit into your life?

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I think Russell thinks he's a caique.....

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So I'm debating between saving up for an African Grey or a Caique. A Grey is my absolute dream bird, but Caique are active and funny and I think would be the perfect bird for me.

Anyways, what I'm wondering is are Greys really as dusty as people say they are? My Cockatiel was really dusty where I had to vacuum/sweep around his cage 1-2 times a day to get all of the feathers and dust. When he molted it was a different matter entirely where it looked like another bird had exploded all over the floor, lol.

So Greys are obviously way larger but would they produce the same or more amount of dust as a 'Tiel when you think of the size difference. (so basically if a Cockatiel was the same size as a Grey would they be the same dust-wise, LOL)

Reason I want to know is A) I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to bird dust (although not severely or anything), and B) if we are still in this house by the time I save up enough for cage, accessories, and bird it would be kept in our bedroom. If we are moved into a different house it would be kept elsewhere though.

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Ive never known a parrot not to have dust I think you need to think of a different bird sorry for the bad news

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I have them both CAG are the best bird much more quiet than any other of my birds the Caique on the other hand is crazy out of this world it can do man things at once and is non stoping fun for all but be aware they are loud in our house Camila (the caique) is second after the Sun conure and she gives Mango a good run for his money so one makes a room look like a bakery and the other can drive you nuts when it gets exited lol
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Thanks for the opinions guys!

A Caique would be perfect, their craziness is what attracts me to them, I don't generally like it when birds just sit around and preen themselves, ha. And of course I would be super careful with ANY bird around my son, not just a Caique. Mason will be well trained in the verse of Parrot behavior. He's only 14 months old and he already knows the command "gentle"; when he's getting too rough with the cats I'll tell him to be gentle and he'll start petting them nicely instead of grabbing or hitting them.

As for the dust thing, it's not a HUGE deal for me, especially since we could always get an air purifier for whatever room the bird was in if we got a Grey. My allergies to bird dust are very mild; I just get a really itchy nose, rarely I get itchy eyes from it as well. Same symptoms I get from Dogs and I lived with 3 of them for years and years, hahaha.



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Thanks for the opinions guys!

As for the dust thing, it's not a HUGE deal for me, especially since we could always get an air purifier for whatever room the bird was in if we got a Grey. My allergies to bird dust are very mild; I just get a really itchy nose, rarely I get itchy eyes from it as well. Same symptoms I get from Dogs and I lived with 3 of them for years and years, hahaha.

I have a 360 dollar plasma cluster purifier from parrotdise perch that doubles as a fan and it does wonder for the dust. I just have it as a extra protection against microbes for the fids

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Awsome! I think having an air purifier would be great anyways even if I didn't have allergies. Dust is irritating even if you aren't allergic.



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I have heard that caiques can be crazy agressive when they get wound up..is that true.. Or if they decide they do not like someone they can stalk them just to launch a sneak attack.. Flying in their face to bite and stuff... Kinda scares me away from caiques.
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Yeah that sounds like Russ I think sunnies and caiques r really similar. At least my Sunnie hes always on the go and he's super jealous if anyone comes in that's not me or my dad he'll fly at their eyes! But he's an angel with me

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I have heard that caiques can be crazy agressive when they get wound up..is that true.. Or if they decide they do not like someone they can stalk them just to launch a sneak attack.. Flying in their face to bite and stuff... Kinda scares me away from caiques.
That's what I've read, but I've also read that they do that when they get over excited, so you just have to watch their behavior when they're out and be really in tune to when they might be too wound up.



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Easier said than done 😉 regardless both are awesome birds if you ask my family they will go with Camilla hands down I don't think they can say the sane for Jazz.
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For sure, you can't be watching the Parrot every second, lol. Ugh, it's such a hard decision because the calmness and intelligence of a Grey plus they are gorgeous just draws me to them. Caiques interest me completely because of their craziness and their fun attitudes and the fact that they are always go go go. I don't know!
Maybe I could just go to a breeder and meet babies and adults of both species and pick then.



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Thats a good idea! see if you can meet any tame adults too. I want a black headed caique and a CAG but my hands are full with this 'Too

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Maybe eventually you can have both. I don't notice any more dust with my TAG than the budgie and GCC. LOTS less than a tiel. Plus, she LOVES to be sprayed with water. I'd do it everyday if I remembered, that really keeps down the dust. I'm impressed with my grey's manners. She's very polite. I wouldn't recommend one until your son is older. She requires a ton more time and attention than my smaller birds. She commands quality AND quantity in my attention. lol
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Thats a good idea! see if you can meet any tame adults too. I want a black headed caique and a CAG but my hands are full with this 'Too
For sure! I think I'll be hunting down some breeders and meeting some birds first.

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Maybe eventually you can have both. I don't notice any more dust with my TAG than the budgie and GCC. LOTS less than a tiel. Plus, she LOVES to be sprayed with water. I'd do it everyday if I remembered, that really keeps down the dust. I'm impressed with my grey's manners. She's very polite. I wouldn't recommend one until your son is older. She requires a ton more time and attention than my smaller birds. She commands quality AND quantity in my attention. lol
I honestly don't think I'd want more than one large Parrot. I would want to be able to give all the attention I could to the bird especially since I DO have a son who would be demanding my attention as well, lol.
Also, I was planning on getting the Parrot in about 2-4 years once my Son is in either pre-school or kindergarten.



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