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Hi all am new to the site, was looking for some information. I have a 15year old African grey, we originally thought was male, but she starting dropping empty eggs last year, also she isn't a very great speaker, much as we have tried, she doesn't particularly like getting handled either, was thinking of buying a male to keep her company and possibly to breed, any help?
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Hi all am new to the site, was looking for some information. I have a 15year old African grey, we originally thought was male, but she starting dropping empty eggs last year, also she isn't a very great speaker, much as we have tried, she doesn't particularly like getting handled either, was thinking of buying a male to keep her company and possibly to breed, any help?
Was she handreared or parent reared?
How long have you had her?

Personally I would say not to breed her, just because she is laying eggs does not mean she is ready to breed. Also depending on her upbringing she may not be suitable for breeding.

Can you give us more information on her, how much itneraction she gets daily and what kind? Her diet, what toys she has, her out of cage time, what size her cage is etc? Does she prefer a certain member of the family? Is she aggresive or just uninterested in handling?
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Hi there and thanks for answering. She was hand reared and I bought her at 1year old so have had her 14years. She eats, fruit, premium parrot food,nuts, veg, she like toast, and occasionally chicken. She doesn't get out a lot during the day as I am at work , she get s out at night for a while. She has a large cage, around 5foot in height, as for toys, she has, bells swing, wooden toys , she has to look for food in. Breeding wasn't foremost, was thinking more of a playmate, she doesn't talk a lot despite being spoken to all the time, she isn't interested in my husband, although he is with her all the time, she isn't keen on men. would a playmate who was a good talker help her? thanks for your help
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Hi there and thanks for answering. She was hand reared and I bought her at 1year old so have had her 14years. She eats, fruit, premium parrot food,nuts, veg, she like toast, and occasionally chicken. She doesn't get out a lot during the day as I am at work , she get s out at night for a while. She has a large cage, around 5foot in height, as for toys, she has, bells swing, wooden toys , she has to look for food in. Breeding wasn't foremost, was thinking more of a playmate, she doesn't talk a lot despite being spoken to all the time, she isn't interested in my husband, although he is with her all the time, she isn't keen on men. would a playmate who was a good talker help her? thanks for your help
If she doesn't talk much at this stage then I think it is safe to say she will never be a good talker. Every bird is different, some talk up a storm others just aren't interested in it.

I think beign as she was handreared and presumably has been the only bird for 14 years she may be unlikely to take to another bird. It could be possible but you would need to find one around the same age from a similiar situation and very gradually introduce them, and always be prepared they just might not get along and she might not get on with any others bird you provide her.

As she was handreared I suggest strongly against trying to breed her, there was a very good letter in the parrotmag this month I think it was regarding handreared birds and breeding, it's likely on their website.

She might just not be a very hands on bird, my Amazon Rocky loves being around me, will happily fly to me but some days he prefers to sit on his cage and do his own thing, I am the only person who can handle him in my family.

As long as she is active and appears 'happy' and is in good welfare I see no reason to rush out and get her a friend.

Could you try letting her out more and interacting more with her? Maybe try some target training or try colours. Also not sure what toys she has but mine love the buffet ball kabob you can get, there is a hanging one and one on a cage mount, they also love the ones theyhave to open the 4 compartments to get into:

http://scarlettsparrotessentials.co....ith_cage_mount

http://scarlettsparrotessentials.co....all_with_kabob

http://scarlettsparrotessentials.co.uk/buffet_ball

I use these for colour training:
http://scarlettsparrotessentials.co.uk/drop_stix_refil

Rocky loves this:
http://scarlettsparrotessentials.co.uk/shape_stacker


Does she have a playstand for when she does come out? As normally once they realise thats where they are meant to go they tend to stay in the area so you could have her out whilst doing what you need to in the room (providing it is safe of course), like I let Rocky out when I am washing up as I can watch him and he knows to stay on his cage when I am busy. Or if I am working at the table I set some toys up for him on the table and he comes down onto the table or stays on his cage. My Patagonian knows to stay on top his cage when he is out unless I set his blanket up and then he knows he can go anywhere on his blanket (normally inside it to sleep lol).
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Hi again
many thanks for all the info, certainly given me loads to think about, and the sites you have given me are great ---thanks again
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many thanks for all the info, certainly given me loads to think about, and the sites you have given me are great ---thanks again
No problem, let me know if I can help further
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