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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-07-2011, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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A lady just offered me her timneh african grey parrot for $600. Its a female. She was going to be a breeding pair, but she didn't get along with her male. The parrot turned one in May. It sounds great but I really don't have the money right now.
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I wish you the best, whatever you decide. Does the bird like people?


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Can you pay like a $100 each month? This kinda deal is not gonna come often But please do your research before you get involved in such a big and lovely bird

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in her e-mail she said it was a great tame bird that will lay on its back and loves everyone.

I know this is a rare offer. I really can't believe she sent me the email. I emailed her a month ago telling her about myself and my interest is parrots. She asked me a 9th grader which I told her I was in my email. I have read countless books and done lots of research, but I am the kind of person not to do something on impulse so I will have to think about this alot. I am really nervous and dont know if I would be able to take good care of it. I relise this is a big responsibility. I am really going to have to think about this.
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This is a very very big responsibility, since it's gonna be cared by 1 (?) person Do what your heart tells you

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Yeah lots of research. That would be a good idea to ask if you could have a monthly pay until the debt is gone!


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the monthly payments sound like a good idea.
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Grey's are a HUGE responsibility, but I have known many ninth graders who were responsible enough to take great care of a grey. Abby now has a grey. I believe, though I am not certain, that she is a junior in high school. (I apologize if I am incorrect, Abby.)

What is your experience with other birds and other pets, Jake?

On the up side, I think that in general timnehs are slightly easier to please than congos. They don't seem to be quite as prone to developing feather plucking and the like.

Just one warning, though, don't let any of your friends teach the bird curse words as a joke! You will probably know better, but your friends won't. It is highly common to need to rehome a bird that lives this long at some point. It is detrimental to the bird to have taught it something that will make it difficult for the bird to ever be placed in another good home if that becomes necessary. Additionally, YOU are not going to want the bird saying rude things in front of your wife your your baby daughter some day.


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Thanks for the advice.

As for my animal experience, I have had guinea pigs for going on a year I like to think I take good care of them and the same for my budgies. We have had dogs for a long time but they stay outside. I also take care of some stray cats (outside I live in a rural area) that have become pretty nice. My chickens I have had for 2 or 3 years I have taken care of them myself ever since I got them. The same with my other pets. I really think I could do it but I don't want to make a mistake.
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Honestly, I didn't find taking care of Scully hard... .But Scully is only one bird, his personalities do not effect other greys. As long as you know what you're doing, have determination,and have common sense, you can take care of him!


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I think it is wise that you are taking your time to make your decision. Nevertheless, I think you are responsible enough to take care of a grey.
The question is not so much whether or not you are responsible, but whether or not you will be comfortable handling the bird. I think I take good care of my birds. Even so, I would not be a good owner for a big macaw because I am not comfortable handling them. My grey is the largest bird I want. I do not want to go any larger.


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Thank you. Maybe I need to see if I can visit the
Bird and see what I think. I still have to talk to my dad about this. He has pretty good advice.
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Its nice to see such a sensible young person,
Visiting is a good idea.
The nice thing is if you were to get this bird so young
You could grow up together!

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It's entirely up to you what you think it best. If you think you can stick by the bird and be able to handle it every day with confidence and care for it the best you can possibly do so then there is no problem. I have had birds from when I was very young and I'm still only 17, however, there are people older than me I would never trust with a bird. I was very young when I was getting my first cockatoo, so I'm sure you will be fine. You'll get plenty of advice and support on here

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Just a thought, but can you see yourself being able to care for the bird when you go to college or university? Greys are beautiful birds, and I can see why you're tempted by this offer.

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thank you guys so much

sharon, i have wandered what i would do with a parrot when i go off to college. i guess i would figure something out.
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Okay. I got another email from her. She said the grey went quickly and was already sold. Thats okay though I really wasnt expecting it and wasn't really prepared for it. I am still looking at getting a grey next summer though.
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Oh well. There's plenty more parrots to go around!


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You will find the right bird for you.


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