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At first I was unsure if I should make this, but in the past couple of days, I have been reassured that my plan is 100% for sure and 100% in action. So guys, if you haven't already heard in my other posts, then here it is....

I'm gettin' a Grey.

If you know me at all, you know that I've wanted an African Grey since I first laid eyes on one. Ok, maybe you don't know that. But now you do! And it's so true. They are gorgeous, intelligent, and they completely fascinate me. I don't know what it is about them, but they really charm me.

I knew I'd eventually get one. I always said I'd get one when or shortly after I graduated, but after some certain circumstances and a new job, I've decided now is a better time.

So with my first job, I have predicted that in about three months hopefully, so around October, I will have enough money for both a cage and a Grey. I will be working my butt off for this, at my first job and at school. To keep my job, the deal with my parents is to keep my grades well. I must keep everyone happy, and keep putting money in the bank, taking every opportunity I can to make money.

I will also be taking trips to the Bird Farm (my local bird specialty store) to handle their Greys, to get a feel for what I am getting myself into. I will more than likely get my African Grey from the Bird Farm as well, but if they do not have babies available at the time I am ready for one or the babies they do have are far away from being fully weaned, I might look for a different specialty store or breeder.

I thought, as a first time African Grey owner, that I'd put all my experiences through this process and through my future Grey's life with me in this thread. I will learn from my mistakes, and hopefully others can see what I've done and learn from my mistakes and experiences as well.

I am so, so, SO excited for this new flock member. I'm preparing all I can now. I just bought a book about African Greys specifically. I'm trying really hard in my job and preparing for the new school year. I'm getting to know what options I have specifically regarding where I can get a Grey. I'm looking at breeders and such all over Ohio, and I am asking what they will have available around October. I'm deciding on cages and other supplies. Of course I've already discussed this all with my parents.

So yeah. I will keep everyone updated here.
Hehehe, I'm so excited...!!




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Sounds like a plan, Abby. I'm happy that you and your parents are in agreement.

So, you need to make plans to attend the conference with Dr. Susan Freidman in Indianapolis in the fall - maybe September. I'll get you the date soon.


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Wait - what is this conference??




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Dr. Susan Friedman is one of the best known parrot behavioralists in the states. She is coming to Indianapolis to give a presentation. Last year Barbara Heidenright - I'm sure that is spelled wrong - came.

Dr. Friedman is a very well-known and respected child psychologist. She works with very troubled kids. She is also a well-known parrot behavioralist.


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That reminds me...one of my doctors, I just found out, has a large macaw. He is also close friends with the owners of the Bird Farm. I was shocked to find this out, but I'm very eager to talk to him about it next time I see him.

Maybe I'll go, if you go. It would be so great to meet you, or anyone on this forum really. I Googled it and it costs some money, which I'm not sure if I'll want to spare.




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Abby,
I will be there. I got in on the early bird discount, since I live here and am a member of the supporting club. You could meet my vet, too. She is the one I have taken the behavioral classes from.


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Oh, I might just have to go then. It's two hours away from me. I talked to my Dad about it, he said it sounded interesting. I haven't actually asked to go yet. Really it depends on whether my parents want to drive me or not. We'll see. Thanks for suggesting it.

It's an all day thing? Like what do you do exactly?




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Congratulations Abby, I too have an announcement, but I'll put it in a new thread

It's great that you'll finally be getting one, have your parents given you the okay etc?

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Really? Which post is this? I'm excited...
And yes, as I said earlier, I already talked to my parents.




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UPDATE: Grey Tales presents the amazing news that....(drum roll please)....The Bird Farm's African Greys just layed a clutch of eggs a few days ago and they will hatch in about three weeks, so they will be weaned around the time I am ready to buy! I have already asked about putting in a deposit and am waiting for a reply on that news. I am so very thrilled about this. YAY!

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Bird Farm told me that I can specify a male and put in a deposit anytime for $100, and if there are no males, they will return my deposit. I'm going in either this Thursday, Saturday or Monday to handle their Grey and give them my deposit.

It seems so...real...now that I'm putting in a deposit and going to the shop to handle some Greys. I wish I could see the eggs and the nest....Think they'd let me?




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I am still so excited about the deposit! (See up one post.)
I will put all my Grey questions in this thread, too, instead of making separate threads. My first question is, how are Greys generally with other birds?




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Greys, when raised and used to other birds, generally ignore them. They're not known for being especially territorial or possessive of their space. That said, they could really injure a smaller bird if they wanted to. If you're bringing home a baby from the pet shop, perhaps ask them to socialize your baby around smaller birds so it's used to them? We would do that for customers where I worked



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Thanks, Jenny. That's what I was looking for.
That also reminds me...If I am putting in a deposit for a baby, can I specify things I want for the baby? Like, weaning onto pellets, etc.? Also, this is something I was going to ask them this week, if I put in a deposit for a baby and I specify a male, and there are multiple males, when would I choose the male? Because it's not abnormal for someone to go in a visit their baby while it's being weaned, you know, so the baby gets used to them. I would like to do that and visit him as much as I can, but will one specifically be mine or will I have to wait until I have the full $1000? It makes sense that if I put a deposit in, which is putting a hold on the baby, that I'd do that for a specific baby, right? What do you think?

Edit: There are just eggs right now, no actual babies, but they are letting me put in a deposit anytime.




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Thanks, Jenny. That's what I was looking for.
That also reminds me...If I am putting in a deposit for a baby, can I specify things I want for the baby? Like, weaning onto pellets, etc.? Also, this is something I was going to ask them this week, if I put in a deposit for a baby and I specify a male, and there are multiple males, when would I choose the male? Because it's not abnormal for someone to go in a visit their baby while it's being weaned, you know, so the baby gets used to them. I would like to do that and visit him as much as I can, but will one specifically be mine or will I have to wait until I have the full $1000? It makes sense that if I put a deposit in, which is putting a hold on the baby, that I'd do that for a specific baby, right? What do you think?

Edit: There are just eggs right now, no actual babies, but they are letting me put in a deposit anytime.

At my shop, once you put a deposit down (we required 50%) the bird was yours. You could come visit at any time, buy toys for it to have in the cage to be used to when it comes home, specify it's diet, etc. Some people decided they wanted no one else to hold it, others wanted it socialized. It was completely your bird



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Well I'm not putting down 50%...I'm only putting down 10%. I guess I'll have to ask the Bird Farm when I visit them. Let's hope it's my bird, because I would like to specify some things, such as the pellets, and such as I want certain toys with the bird in its cage as it is weaned, ones that I will take home so it will find comfort in those toys, and I also want to visit my bird as much as possible. I sent the Bird Farm another email. They are probably annoyed of me by now, with all my questions! But this is a big purchase, I think I have a right to ask.

Cages....Here are my options I'm looking at now, what do you think?

The A&E one... http://www.pollysperch.com/products/...-Top-Cage.html
The HQ one... http://www.mybirdcage.com/victorian_parrot_cages.html
I just found this A&E one...it looks nice... http://www.pollysperch.com/products/...inet-Base.html




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Awh Abby that's great news! And being as you're going to the bird farm you could get me those pictures and videos

It wont be long now until you get him the wait can be hard but at least it is really happening now, you didn't realise you'd get one so quick before haha!

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Awh Abby that's great news! And being as you're going to the bird farm you could get me those pictures and videos

It wont be long now until you get him the wait can be hard but at least it is really happening now, you didn't realise you'd get one so quick before haha!

You are so right. I thought I'd be waiting another two years.
The wait will be tough, but if things go my way, hopefully I can visit my baby boy while he is being weaned. Then it won't be so tough. I'll be a bit more encouraged to keep working hard to make money and keep my grades up.
Daisy, I'll bring a camera and my video recorder and will record and take as many pictures as I can!!

What do you think about the cages, Daisy?




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I like the first cage personally

and yeah I'm pretty sure they would let you keep visiting him so that he at least learns who you are from a really early age

and YAY thank you! I've wanted some pictures from there for ages haha! Hyacinths and everything you'll have to post them on here when you get them Thanks again haha

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Great news!
I finally got McDonald's to make up their mind and give me a freakin' schedule already (took long enough, I was hired what?...two weeks ago?) And so they are giving me thirty hours a week for the rest of the summer and I'm starting on Monday. Thank god!




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That's great

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