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Big Decision!

I think I may have come across MY bigger bird.

Chico is a 7 year old African Grey(TAG). He's very sooky and wants to spend a lot of time with his people. He loves to sit on his TStand and just hang out with the family. He's docile and has never plucked. He doesn't like his back petted, unless he's in the mood, but that's OK. I don't want to encourage that anyway. The most annoying sound that he makes is mimicing the microwave, but responds well to a stern voice telling him to quiet. He talks. He's relatively Poop Trained, but requires a little work. He's used to showers, so the owner says the dust is not that bad. Owner sounds well informed and is concerned that the bird go to a good home. Owner works all day, so Chico's used to amusing himself, and wouldn't mind being in his cage while my little guys are out. Price is reasonable...$1500 with cage and TStand, and accessories. I'm waiting for measurements on the cage...I'm hoping it's an appropiate cage.

I've been rather disappointed and sad that I decided no bigger bird, and I think I will always wish that I had. The Grey is such an intelligent bird, and that really appeals to me. I will be checking a little further on the cage, before I drive the four hours one way to get him. I'll be paying Chico a home visit, and hopefully, he may come home with me!

Plaease, no MBS comments....


If anyone has a TAG, feel free to comment on the noise level and the dust level...Those are two of my main concerns!

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Woohoo I am happy for you! What is an mbs comment? Sorry I don't do t9 or short text so I really don't know.
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Sharon,
When I first married many, many years ago, my husband had a Timneh. He was wild caught and he never liked me. Nevertheless, he was a lot of fun. He could mimic anyone, copying each person's individual voice. When my first son was born, when he was a toddler, the bird took to attacking him, so we made the decision to rehome him. He actually never hurt him, but he would go for him, and we just couldn't take a chance. He made up immediately to the fellow who took him, that fellow was older and his kids were grown, so it was a great match for both of them.

If I could be sure I could tolerate the dust, I would get a timneh for myself now, but I can't take the chance on that now. However, that bird never bothered me at all. I didn't even find the dust difficult to clean up at the time. Unless there might be an allergy issue, I wouln't worry about it since I remember from past posts that you keep things quite clean. I am told that if you bathe them regularly, this also keeps the dust manageable. I actually found the bird easy to clean after, because he was not messy with his food. I just wouldn't worry about it, if you really want the bird, unless someone might be allergic.

Noise was NEVER an issue with that bird, either. He never screamed. He also imitated the microwave, because he enjoyed seeing people run for it. However, he never made noises just to make noises. He only imitated to get a reaction. Unless he knew we had something in the microwave, he wouldn't beep because he knew we wouldn't go check on it unless we were cooking something. (Well, it can only be a quess of mine that he knew and that is why he didn't beep otherwise, but I think I am correct, because he showed in so many other ways that he knew exactly what he was doing when he imitated various things.)

You already know whether or not this bird has bad habits, so I think he is safe. If you like one another, go for it.
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Thanks! I think I may do just that! I'm hearing and reading a LOT of good things about TAGs. I'm still waiting for the cage measurements, just to be sure the cage is appropiately sized. It's a fair price if the cage is good, but not if I have to buy one...

I'm a little concerned...actually a LOT concerned ....that Chico would mimic Levi's contact calling. Although he's much better these days, he still has his moments. Levi in stereo would not be bearable!!!

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I'm so excited for you! Thats a very good price and Chico sounds like a sweetheart!

Congrats!

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What is an mbs comment?
MBS = Multiple Bird Syndrome. You see it on parrot and bird forums as people add to the flock. I'm not a fan of the phrase (nor am I a fan of the "(insert pet here) are like potato chips. You can't stop at one." Not that I disagree with keeping multiple parrots or pets - perhaps just an eensy bit jealous that my living situation doesn't allow for more than the smallest menagerie :P

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Sharon, I'm really excited for you! Chico sounds like a dream Timnehs have a certain sweetness about them, that's for sure. I think that the dust & dander can be minimized by daily use of a true HEPA air filter and frequent baths. Any word yet on the cage? Are TAGs uncommon and expensive up your way? $1500 seems like a lot for a 7 y.o. rehome even with the cage... Best of luck and keep us posted!

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No word on the cage...I emailed again this AM, in case he sent and I didn't receive...nothing so far. Maybe he's already sold.
I can get a baby for around 1200-1500 plus shipping and set up costs...which would probably run close to $2000. I like the idea that this guy's personality is known...a baby may turn out to be more aggressive, louder, etc. This is the third home for Chico, and if I get him, it will hopefully be his last.

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MBS, Oh I have had that to the full up and now running over stage! As I said I don't do abbreviations too well.
Sharon I would be cautious about this one. A third rehomer usually have a lot of baggage that they don't tell you about and it can get weird. I'm not against rehomers, we have 4. One we took back, he hated us after 6 weeks. So there is always that to think about. If you want to know what happened with that one pm me.
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I can get a baby for around 1200-1500 plus shipping and set up costs...which would probably run close to $2000.
wow, thats amazing! i've seen baby greys around where i live going for $4500, without dna tests, cages or even shipping. maybe it's a good thing parrots are so expensive in NZ, because I dont know how I could resist

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Well, both NZ and AU have really extensive rules and regs on import of species, since there are so many non-natives mucking things up. In a way, it's really refreshing to see, because the eco system in the US is all kinds of... screwed up However, it DOES make life difficult when you want a pet!

I am tempted to move to AU or NZ and bring my linnies with me... smuggle them in! I could sell the babies for $2,000-5,000 since I may get dilutes!



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get ready for DUST.

that is a promise.

but congrats....i wish you the best. they are a handful...and will need your full blown attn....trust me on that one....It looks like all you have are smaller birds correct? Getting a Grey is a WHOLE new ball game....

Do your research....read read read...and read..... the more info you get the better off you'll be. They require ALOT of attn. Esp since yours will be older and moving.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask! ;-)

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Thanks! I've been reading, but plan to do more...I'm sure I'll have lots of questions.

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Grays sell for around $800 here in the northwest. The shop I use breeds and sells them right here in town. They are nice, not my cup of tea but I enjoy looking at them!
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Well...arrangements have been made. I meet him tomorrow, and if all goes well, he comes home with me on Wednesday!

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