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I'll be getting my 17 year old CAG hopefully on Friday!His name is Skulley and has a cage that's at LEAST 2'*2'*4' with like 3 toys, a swing, and a foraging thing.( I'm going to buy way more for him though!) He also has like 3 perches. (Going to buy more.) He says "Carol(dogs name) you knuclehead.", "The Vike beat the Pack.", and "Hello.". The owner fosters birds and wants to focus more on the foster birds, and they also said they're getting old so the can't give him as much care as they could anymore. He was from a breeder in Florida and so since he's used to the heat and loves it they keep his cage outside all day long in the summer. I want him to have the best life ever even though I might get annoying on here with all these questions.Anyways, if any of you guys knows or has an african grey, can you give me some good pointers?
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Congrats on your new grey! The biggest tips I can give are that the African species need a little more fat, protein, and calcium in their diet than other parrots - best way to give all of those at once is to offer scrambled eggs with the shells in Just wash the outside of the egg and you can hard boil it and chop the shell up with the egg and give it that way or you can crack the egg and cook it in a non-teflon pan with no salt, oils, etc and when you scramble it crunch the shell up inside. I believe you can also microwave it all together too (scrambled that is).

Greys are a dusty species, so regular baths will help his feathers and skin stay in great condition and keep the mess down in your home

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Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.


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Congrats on your new bird, but I have to ask. When did the Vike EVER beat the Pack???????? Very misguided bird



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The only advice I have before you actually get the bird and have some idea of his individual personality is to go SLOWLY. I would not change anything in his cage for a few weeks, and I would also not try to get him out of the cage, once he is settled in at your home, for at least a couple of days. Instead, sit near him, talk to him, read to him, etc. You have a very long time to associate with the bird, so I'd let him have time right at first.

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For the Love of Greys, by Bobbi Brinker, Lucky Press


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I agree with nanay... and kind of alluded to this in my post on your other thread.

Work at Skulley's pace and respect his body language. You dont want to get bitten nor does he want to resort to biting you.

Scooter stayed nearly 48 hours in his travel cage because he was aggressively terrified to come out. He had food and water and a toy, so he was fine. Peter and I both sat near his cage and talked to him, read, sang and watched tv. Eventually with my coaxing, he came out and stepped up onto my hand. I warmly and gently praised him, then put him into his cage. Like Skulley, when i bought him, he came with his cage so he had that familarity. And he stayed in his cage for a couple of days. We continued to sit near his cage and talk to him every day, and left his cage door open for him to exit as he pleased.

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Shandi brings up a good point about familiarity - for the first few days? Don't do any remodeling in the cage, no new toys, etc. His cage is going to be his one secure place in a strange new world, so keep that his special shelter. If you make that different too, then he has nowhere to go where he feels truly safe



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Yay congratulations! I don't have a grey so I can't really say much but definitely take your time and work on their level - this applies to every bird!

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Well thanks everyone, my computers down so I'm on a different one... Well, that couples daughter, is getting out of college and wants the bird. She's okay if I have it, but when she gets her own house she wants it.... The guy says she'll probably get a house when he dies, but even so, I know I'll become way to attached to it. So, I might go back to the cockatiel idea, or the lady knows a couple people who rehome birds so I might go check those out. Bummer huh?


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That does suck, you COULD go look into a rescue centre though

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I've had greeeeaaat experiences with those....




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The only advice I have before you actually get the bird and have some idea of his individual personality is to go SLOWLY. I would not change anything in his cage for a few weeks, and I would also not try to get him out of the cage, once he is settled in at your home, for at least a couple of days. Instead, sit near him, talk to him, read to him, etc. You have a very long time to associate with the bird, so I'd let him have time right at first.

Oh - this is a great book.

For the Love of Greys, by Bobbi Brinker, Lucky Press
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Anyways, whatever I got the bird.It's free, if i don't like him, I can give him back! I've delt with raising ducks and letting them go. So, sorry if the have been with me this whole time on the roller coaster.


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you got him for free?!

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Yep!


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I still don't think I could do that. I wouldn't be able to let the bird go after two years.




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Yeah, but ya do what ya have to do! I have to pack as much love as I can in that time!!!


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Hehehe I guess you must!




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