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Anybody have any suggestions for thing I would need to start out my african grey. I know there are a lot of things I could get, but what would I need. Im just not sure what I have to have. I am looking for suggestion for anything anybody would think is good to start with.



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Have you read the greys post?
It says on there young greys are clumsy so I suggest something to cushion the blow if your Faby falls.
Also some natural wood perches, you can look up what is safe.
Some chewy toys?
Foraging toys so you can teach from an early age?

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Thanks. What do you mean the greys post? I have most of that kinda stuff on my list. I was wondering what kinds of natural wood is softer so they can grip better. Some of the kinds of wood is harder than the other. I like the foraging toys so I plan on getting a couple different kinds of those. Thanks for the help!



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Have you read the greys post?
It says on there young greys are clumsy so I suggest something to cushion the blow if your Faby falls.
Also some natural wood perches, you can look up what is safe.
Some chewy toys?
Foraging toys so you can teach from an early age?
Lol, they definitely are clumsy!
I was watching 3 baby greys at the pet store and one of them attempted to jump a short distance from a higher perch down to a lower one and ended up falling on it's face on the ground, hahaha.

Just make sure they have lots of mental stimulation from toys, etc! Basically they just need the same things that any other bird would.



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Anybody have any suggestions for thing I would need to start out my african grey. I know there are a lot of things I could get, but what would I need. Im just not sure what I have to have. I am looking for suggestion for anything anybody would think is good to start with.
Oh yes. You are talking to the queen of bird toys, perches, and supplies here. (Thank you to my friend Jo Anne years ago that got me totally obsessed about these things!).

My recommendations for your African Grey:

1. Several types of wood perches for in the cage, to include a grapevine wood one, size medium. These are the best wood perches IMO.

2. At least one soft, cotton perch or bungee/boing for in the cage. It's nice for all birds to have this to rest their feet. Sisal is an alternative and also very nice. Oh, my absolute favorite comfy perches are the leather ones I sell. Birds LOVE them.

3. A medium or large sized swing for your Grey in the cage.

4. If your cage has feeder doors and cups, you may not need these, but feeder cups are nice. I prefer stainless steel for water always, but I like both the stainless steel cups for food and also the Jungle Talk Crock Locks are fantastic.

5. I try to make sure all of my birds have the following in-cage toys:
*1 or 2 Preening Toys
*1 or 2 nice wood toys
*2-3 Foraging Toys
*A swing and/or bungee/boing or orbiter like I mentioned above
*a Stainless Steel Skewer medium or large for feeding veggies/fruits and you can reuse this over and over with bird toy parts too
*1 or *2 Shredding Toys

6. A good, safe cage cleaner. I very much like Pet Focus, because the scent is very light and it does a great job cleaning with very little.

7. Food: Pellets, a high quality seed mix like Goldenfeast Blends (which also have dehydrated veggies/fruits in them) and a good cooking mix, and Birdie Bread mix too. Don't forget treats for training and foraging fun! Pine Nuts are a must and loved by all parrots. Nutriberries and Avicakes too.

8. Oops, almost forgot a nice grooming perch and a platform perch. There are some that are both in one. I also really love the Safety Grooming Perches by Sweet Feet & Beak. These are the ones I use in all of my cages.

Let me know if I can help you any further. I do carry all of these things in my store. Make sure you buy the largest sized cage you can afford too. Congrats on your new Grey!

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Thanks everyone.

Kristen, thank you so much for suggesting all of those items. That makes me fill a little better because I had already picked out/looking at a lot of those items. I plan on getting most of my starting equipment from your store because I know and trust you and you have a lot of great products for parrots. I really think it is a great store and plan to order from you for any of my future parrot needs. Thanks so much!



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Kristen I have a question. I saw an episode of Petkeeping with Marc Marrone, and he was talking about misting the birds down daily to keep thier feathers healthy. But the water mostly rolls off the feather. He then mixed some kind of soapy stuff in the mister bottle. I know that he likes king cages products. There is a product you have kby kings cages called kings feather shine shampoo. I think that is what he used. I am not sure though. I was wondering if you (or anyone else) has used this.



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If I were to get a water bottle what size would I need. I have no clue how much they would drink a day.



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