Have you gotten to talk to the people giving away the bird? Here in the US, we have to worry about scams where people say one thing, but don't really mean it...
I have a CAG and really enjoy him! They are really interesting, and as long as you don't spoil them as soon as you get home and then give less attention later, I think they can do fine with a working parent!!
Originally Posted by ParrotletsRock
Hi and welcome, If an african grey is your dream bird I say go for it, you are doing the research and that is great! I also will caution you about scams, here we have many used sites the most popular are craigslist and kijiji, if your heart is not set on a grey then you should relook at the little green cheeks. I have a little pineapple green cheek sitting on my shoulder as I type this and she is an absolute delight.. I love this bird with all my heart. I have 5 budgies, 2 tiels a parrotlet and my greenie, I love them all early but my greenie is by far my favorite bird. if I could only keep one there would be absolutely no question who it would be. I hope it would never come to that tho cuz I do love all my other birds dearly also. Hope everything works out for you!!
Hello and thank you both for replying
Here's an update on the situation/my research (which proved quite difficult and time-consuming). I spoke the other day to my friend, the budgie and greenie breeder (Claire), and she advised me, and I agree with her, that if I choose to acquire a large parrot, I should acquire it from a breeder I have complete trust in. Thankfully, she knows a guy who breeds macaws and greys (he is located in Belgium, so that's good), and she says that I can trust him 100%. He is a registered breeder, so his birds have bands, which is important for identification purposes. If I will be travelling with my grey, I will need to have all the bird's documentation in order in order to prove that the bird is not wild-caught, and that includes a band. So I will not be buying a bird from a private person, on a second-hand site. It is just not safe.
Another problem I encountered is that apparently in Bulgaria (which is where I would be travelling with my bird to most), there aren't any avian vets... I will try the zoo in Sofia in the hope that they will have a competent vet there, but for the trip Sofia - Brussels, I will most likely need a vet certificate issued in Bulgaria, and for that I will need a vet to go to there as well. I have still to check with Belgian airport customs what their vet requirements are.
As mentioned in one of my previous posts, I am also concerned that my grey might outlive me. I have no children and I have been thinking of giving him/her away to a nice zoo, but the problem with this is that, knowing myself, I will not have the strength to part with a bird that has shared his/her life with me for 40-50 years. Saying that I grow very attached to my birds is an understatement.
On the other hand, Brigitte, a friend of my friend Claire's, who is also a breeder, wrote to me on the subject of the bird's longevity and my related concerns: "You shouldn't think like that, Svetla. By that logic, only children of 10 years of age should acquire greys (you know, to make sure the bird doesn't outlive them, or at least reduce the chances of that happening drastically).
Who knows when a bird will go, and also who knows when its keeper will go? Greys are wonderful companions."
I get her point, but I also think mine is valid as well. So I am having a very, very difficult time deciding. I would love to give a bigger bird a wonderful life. That, I know I can do.
I am writing this fresh from a visit to Claire's. We spoke about this topic again, and she suggested that I wait for her younger greenies pair to breed, because she says I might fall in love with one of their babies.
Thank you loads for your opinions and advice. They mean a lot. I would like to apologise for being what must look like indecisive. This decision is a very difficult one for me. I am not someone who can acquire a bird and then give it away because "you know, it doesn't meet my expectations/it is too difficult".