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What cage size would you recommend for a Congo African grey?

What cage size do y'all have or recommend for African greys (and how much hours would they need outside for that size?) I tried looking at earlier posts, but I only found two posts with minimal comments so I decided to make one myself

4 Comments
2024/02/29
03:41 UTC

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That’s the spot!

I’ve never had a bird who loved to be petted so much. He’ll put his head down to ask for petting, and I didn’t teach him to do it. I just love when he closes his eyes and fluffs up all his feathers. I know we’re in for a good cuddle session.

1 Comment
2024/02/29
00:06 UTC

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Any bathing advice…?

I know this topic pops up every once in a while, but I am curious to see if anyone has any new suggestions.

My 23-year-old grey does not like baths. I adopted him in the summer of 2020, and while he was in perfect feather, dude was incredibly dusty and oily—oily enough that I suspected he’d never had a proper bath in his little bird life. So since then I’ve been trying to convince him that water, in fact, is awesome, and that dipping his toes in his water bowl does not constitute a bath.

I showed him the sink, and he was not a fan. I put out shallow trays of water and showed him how fun it is to play in them, but he ignored them. I had him watch me mist my cockatiels, but he was unimpressed. I misted myself and various family members, all of us telling him what a great time he was missing out on, but he remained indifferent.

I got him a shower perch, which he ended up liking. I then very gently introduced the misting bottle, but all he wanted to do was bite the nozzle off. Whenever I’d attempt to mist him, he’d just get sprayed in the face. I tried spraying upwards so the mist would fall on him from above, but it bothered him so much he would lose his balance, fall off the perch, and run away.

Here is where we are right now—I have to put him on the floor of my bathtub. I sit on the floor outside of the bathtub and then use my mister to spray over the wall of the tub. That way he cannot see the Evil Mister, and the water falls down onto him. I also specifically spray over the center of the tub wall so he can walk out of the spray to the left side or the right side of the tub if he wants to. So far he seems to tolerate this pretty well. He walks back and forth and I say “yaaaay!”and tell him how good he is when he’s under the spray.

But where do I go from here? The mister isn’t terribly effective, I’m afraid. Yesterday I misted him for a good 20 minutes and I ended up with tired fingers and he ended up only a little damp. Drops of water just rolled off of him. Water off a duck’s grey’s back and all that. My goal is to get him soaking wet—I want him to be a proper wet jungle chicken! Does anyone have any advice?

10 Comments
2024/02/28
22:19 UTC

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What a crazy bird 🐦

Watch your finger

0 Comments
2024/02/28
20:25 UTC

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Poor Rosie…..How can I ignore those eyes?

I’m on my chair and she can’t climb up, so there she painstakingly hiked up on the couch to stare at me until I took pity on her poor little soul and put down my ipad to give her scritches.

Of course I did.

6 Comments
2024/02/28
15:13 UTC

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Simba update

We seem to be making progress! Still hand feeding treats but he will move as if he’s attempting to bite. He allows beak pets but will not step up from his cage. LOTS of different whistling sounds and a few simple words. Hello, Hi, Meow. I swear I’ve heard a “come here” and hubby swears he said “I hate you” 😂 He mainly seems to be terrified of touching, hopefully we can change that.

7 Comments
2024/02/28
02:48 UTC

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What are your opinions on changing a name after adoption? We are adopting a AG that is 20 yrs old. My husband thinks it’s a good idea and I’m on the fence.

27 Comments
2024/02/27
23:01 UTC

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New to this sub. Where do you purchase pistachios, almonds, cashews and other raw nuts and what should I look for? What other high value treats do you use when training. Also can anyone point me in the right direction on seasonal diets?

12 Comments
2024/02/27
22:34 UTC

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Where did I just find Rosie?

Yep, the cleaning cupboard trying mightily to squeeze her big fat body through to chew on the back. Never fear, I was right there, but I just put a heavy duty piece of tape to keep her out.

Just a reminder, keep your eye out ALL the time!

2 Comments
2024/02/27
21:44 UTC

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Do you want to know how you sound as you age?

Just wait….you’ll find out.

I’m 77 and after 27 years together, Rosie has my bodily noises down perfectly.

I start to get up from the chair and I hear “ohhh, ouch.” I sneeze and she sneezes perfectly with an added ouch then “mama sneeze?” She does a perfect burp and fart with added loudness.

Just sayin’…..

1 Comment
2024/02/27
20:34 UTC

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Crazy parrot

Hi, I’ve took on my dad’s Congo African grey which he’s had since sep 2011, I’ve had him from the very first day of this year.

He is very loud and continues to whistle like crazy as soon as I move away from his cage, it’s at the point now where I’m dragging him around in his cage to make sure he don’t go crazy. I do put the cover over his cage but that only works at night time. I do call out to him from the other rooms and try to make sure he can hear me but even that doesn’t calm him down in the slightest. I pretty much have to stand 2m within his cage.

He is very hormonal at the moment I’ve noticed so I’ve wondered if it’s anything to do with that but I’ve discouraged the behaviour as much as possible.

13 Comments
2024/02/27
19:34 UTC

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New parrot adopter

So I recently adopted an African grey female. Her name is MINNIE. She is roughly 20-25 years of age. She was a distant family relatives family member and instead of her going with people she completely doesn’t know I offered to take her in. We have some rapport just not a ton.

Other than the obvious toys and healthy bird diet and lots of attention. How can I develop a good homogeneous bond with her so she becomes part of my family?

1 Comment
2024/02/27
19:32 UTC

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BUTT.

He wanted to show some ass I guess

2 Comments
2024/02/27
05:31 UTC

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Addie.exe has stopped responding

3 Comments
2024/02/27
03:16 UTC

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What food is best and what treats?

I’m fostering to hopefully adopt a 7 year old boy is has an issue with plucking. Currently the rescue feeds Zupreem and I was doing some research and what I read was Zupreem can be high in sugar which could result in a plucking behavior. I’m just looking for advice on what other alternatives I could try.

I’m a bit at a loss regarding best seeds and what chop is lol Any advice would be helpful!

3 Comments
2024/02/26
14:52 UTC

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Just be aware of… oh…

1 Comment
2024/02/26
06:56 UTC

35

Pepper playing

7 Comments
2024/02/26
02:41 UTC

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Any advice as to how to keep my CAG from chewing the rugs and upholstery on my furniture when I bring him off his cage top?? 🙄

23 Comments
2024/02/25
19:13 UTC

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The new toy is the work of the devil. It brings terror to wherever it rests.

5 Comments
2024/02/25
19:08 UTC

73

Simba

We brought home this handsome guy yesterday. The store he was at said he was about a year old and they got him from his previous owner a couple of weeks ago. He is absolutely terrified of us. The store used a pole to get him out of the cage 🤦🏻‍♀️ he will let us hand feed him fruit but bites if we try to touch him and won’t step up. His beak and claws were very overgrown. Any tips on gaining his trust?

12 Comments
2024/02/25
15:08 UTC

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Rosies eyes when I rudely woke her up this morning

Reminiscent of when she was soooo young and not so much witchy yellow.

2 Comments
2024/02/25
15:03 UTC

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Piper lets me do crazy things to him

9 Comments
2024/02/24
22:59 UTC

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Outdoor patio for Rosie

I was rather alarmed seeing the post yesterday with the AG out in the open so wanted to share what I did as a suggestion to keep your bird safe and not confined in a cage but still get sun and fresh air.

I do live in the desert so about 2pm the sun comes over the house and I put Rosies portable perch out there where the sun reaches her. You should see her out there barking at dogs and talking to the multitudes of quail and numerous other birds. Her favorite is the resident roadrunner. That thing would love to have a Rosie snack but all Rosie sees is “Big Birdy?”

Just a share and if you guys seriously are getting tired of Rosie tales, let me know.

3 Comments
2024/02/24
16:59 UTC

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Sunshine for Ruby :)

She hates the process of getting outside, but loves it once she’s out here 😂 she’s so dramatic 😅

8 Comments
2024/02/23
21:18 UTC

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So with Spring fast approaching in the northern hemisphere, how do you deal with hormonal Greys

My CAG is 21, we have had her for nearly 18 years so we know when she is feeling hormonal, but how do you guys specifically deal with this time?

I feel bad putting my parrot in the cage when she shows these signs but it’s the only way she will stop clinging to me

We have literally just moved house so I’m surprised she feels settled enough to show this behaviour

5 Comments
2024/02/23
21:12 UTC

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