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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-07-2016, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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My name is Angela and this is my Congo African Gray, Gracie. She came to me from my aunt and uncle who got her original owner passed away. She never bonded to my aunt and uncle so when they moved across country they wanted someone to take her. I am Mrs. Dolittle so, of course, I took her. I have had her for 2 years now, but, her estimated age is 4-5 years. I say she, but, I don't really know. No eggs yet so I am thinking she may be a he. Don't really want to spend the money on a blood test because she's already older so I should find out soon enough. She is a rather inactive bird. She is bonding to me, though. She will step up whenever I put my hand out, she regurgitates when I pet her (that's when I stop), and just today I left her on the kitchen table and she came to find me after a few minutes. She will give me a kiss when I smooch at her and rub her beak on my hand whenever I reach in the cage to change her food and water. She eats mostly seeds. I try to get her interested in fresh fruits and vegetables, but, she rejects them. She will eat grapes and, sometimes, oatmeal. Right now I am just trying to get her to come out of her shell. When she is out of her cage she mostly sits in one spot and shakes, until today, so, that is progress. I didn't think it would take so long, but, here we are. I joined the forum to, hopefully, get some insight from other folks that have worked with a bird that has had a former owner. I can raise anything from a baby and make a great pet, but, I don't know how to fix one. She doesn't have aggression issues. She nips some people if they put their hand in the cage, but, once I take her out of the cage, she will go to anyone. She whistles little tunes I have taught her and she already knew how to wave and she does that for me all the time. There is a picture of her waving hello to you all! She rarely talks and when she does it's "hello" and in my voice. She also screams like my toddler. Sometimes I'm not sure who is screaming until I go check. She has a lot of potential to be awesome and I want to help her. Hopefully, this forum will give me the insight that the literature I have read is missing.
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Hello and welcome to the forum!

Gracie is absolutely beautiful. For a grey she seems like a very confident bird! Abby (one of the moderators) has an African grey and I'm sure she will be able to talk you through some things better than some of us can. I have some experienced with them but I've never personally owned one. She sounds like a very fun bird though

If you want her sexed you can do it by feather through avian biotech, it's cheap and it takes a short moment to do it

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Hello and welcome, Gracie is beautiful and looks like she has bonded well with you. There is another member on here (PeatreeLover) who adopted a grew who lived in a cage for a long period of time before he came to live with her. Hopefully she will see this and give you some helpful advice about how to get Gracie to be a little more active. Thanks for sharing your pics with us.

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BTW if you really want to know if Gracie is a hen or cock, there are a few "FREE" DNA bird testing sites online.. they will send you out a kit for you to mail back for results. Check out google and see what you can find.
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