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i found a post about a Congo African grey needing to be rehomed. i answered and the bird is 11 years old and does talk he wants 750 for the grey and the cage. my husband has been wanting a talking bird but i don't want to jump first and ask questions later. i have tiels and i will be getting a green cheek conure baby to. i need to know more about these birds how they are with other birds what are their personalities like anything anyone can tell me i will try to post a pic of the cage and bird
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That is a nice and very expensive cage. The King's Aviary Cage like this one is a little over $800. This is the link if you want to compare it yourself. http://www.kingscages.com/ProductDet...ductID=ACP3325 . It's well decked out inside, playstand on top, and is very nice. He/She shouldn't need much if that cage comes with.

Elevenyears is not old for a Grey, but you'd need to meet this bird and see how it acts with you. Will she go to a stranger? Does this grey have a preference with men or women? Phobias? Why are they parting with it? I've seen them switch loyalties to a new owner when the old one is completely out of the picture and they're so lonely, so I wouldn't worry overmuch about that. You've got to meet the bird and as stupid as it sounds, factor his opinions into your decision. You can certainly overrule them, but you must be ready for them.

I knew a bird who was to be rehomed at about that age, and he was so cage-bound from not being handled that you could not touch him at all. Cleaning his cage without any attempt to touch him or look at him resulted in screaming and growling and throwing himself from side to side. In fact, he didn't like women, and would mutter in a low voice his opinion of me every time I passed his cage, and his selected word for me was a****le. He was a brilliant talker, and would happily initiate conversations with you. At one point the store owner stormed past, having one of her classic tantrums, and he called after her "Hey babe, chill out!" I wish I could have taken him home -- I would have in a heartbeat, but I had Merlin, mum had Alzheimer's, and none of us had any money.

As for how they are with other birds...mostly I've seen them ignore other birds. Merlin resents my Senegal and will go after him if they're out on top of the cages at the same time, so to protect toeses and noses we have separated stands for out time.

Greys are very loving, but not cuddly/demanding like cockatoos. They are quiet birds. They bond intensely. Some say they are sensitive and nervous, but I find that the more you cheerfully expose them to, the more easily they cope with the world around them. They read off of you, so if you stay calm and cheerful and laugh at what might be scary, they'll stay with you and relax. They are funny, and often use words correctly. My grey constantly surprises me with words or phrases, and I'll have no idea where she picked them up. For example, I have no singing voice, so I don't sing. But I sang a bit of a song I was listening to the other day. Merlin looked at me for a moment, then said "You're singing. Who are you?" I believe they know what they're saying and will converse with you. Or order you about.

They are a long-term commitment. I expect to have Merlin until I'm at least 75, which is what I counted on when I got her. I love having a grey. Mine is definitely a family member and it's like having another person around for me. I'd probably jump at the chance to have this bird, were I in your shoes, should the bird not be a total lunatic. I still regret not taking the cage-bound talker home when I had a chance. I'd say see what the bird's opinion is, and make your decision from there.

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the add said that he prefers men but will go to some women. they are finding him a new home because the man has a new job and and will not have enough time for him. emailing the owner i found out that he is tame and gets out of his cage on a regular basis. the man said he had a large vocabulary. from what i heard and his pics i like him but i will have to see what my husband says too. i do want to meet the bird first to see how it does with us before i say i will take him. he seems to be a very good bird from the pics i have seen. since he likes men most and only some women i want to be sure he likes me since i will be the one taking care of him mostly.

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I'm sure he would end up liking you if you kept feeding/cleaning him and talking to him a lot. He sounds like a great bird

Arnold is very friendly, though a bit fearful. However, he isn't shy once he gets to know you and waddles over to say hello! He loves getting his head tickled, though not full on scritches. He has never bitten me once, even when I first met him. I honestly don't think that they have any faults

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He sounds terrific! I hope this works out for all of you! Please keep us posted? And if we can help in any way, please let us?

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He sounds terrific! I hope this works out for all of you! Please keep us posted? And if we can help in any way, please let us?
i will keep yall posted and if we get him i most defiantly be on here talking about him and asking questions to. if my husband likes him and he still has him when my money comes in i will most likely get him

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if the man has him still i will be getting him. i have been wanting a grey for several years now and i think my husband is going to get one for me for valentines. we found two talking birds this above and a cockatoo. the cockatoo comes with cage and all and is cheaper they want 400 obo and it is 6 years old. it is a greater crested cockatoo anyways my husband asked me which i like the best and i told him the grey. so if not this one i may get another one. uh i wish my check would hurry up and get here. oh i am still getting a green cheek conure to but that will be in April i think they are still sitting on the eggs. i know my husband will act like the grey is mine but he will enjoy him to. he really liked the bird that was at the pet store up here when we had a pet store


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Congrats hopefully he is there for you when you are ready for him. my hubby acts the same way about our grey niko, He says he is mine but he is always talking to him.

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