Hi all, I have wanted a Parrot most of my life, the opportunity came to get an African Grey just 2 weeks ago and I have to say I am thrilled, my wife is too. We have Levi, a girl (we believe) of 14 years. She is gorgeous and a real character, fell as if we have had her all our lives. Very talkative and vocal.
I looked for the forum so I can make sure we are looking after her correctly and feeding her the correct food.
Welcome Jack and Levi! When I brought my baby home in 2002, a male CAG (congo african grey) we named Bob, I fell REALLY HARD! I had always wanted a large parrot, after keeping cockatiels for 20+ years, and although I probably would have opted for an Amazon, a friend of ours had a pair of Greys who happened to produce two young that year. Our life has never been the same, but we wouldn't want it any other way! Many times when he was a baby, I wished he was older, and more sedate, like us. You have a girl who probably is more settled, and won't cause (as much) destruction in investigating her new surroundings. Congratulations! About the sexing, it can be done by blood DNA, but since she's yours for life, it really doesn't matter. Our avian vet told us to look at the feathers at the "vent" (her butthole!). If there is red, it indicates male, if silver, female. Good luck, and thank you for giving this remarkable creature a good home. Share everything with her: talk to her, share your food, share the TV shows, let her look out the windows, follow her lead and watch her reactions and she will be the most fun you have ever had!! Patch
She wasn't what you'd call refined; she wasn't what you'd call unrefined. She was the type of person who keeps a parrot--Mark Twain