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Choosing Your Baby African Grey Parrot


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Baby African Grey Parrot

Buying and keeping a baby African Grey parrot can be expensive so it is important that you get a really good specimen. The following points will help to ensure you get just that.

When choosing your baby African Grey parrot consider the following:

  • If you want to hear your African grey parrot talking buy from a reputable breeder, not just from the pet store. If you have found your parrot in a pet store ask the owner or shop manager where the parrot came from. Ask for details of the breeder. Try and check their record as a breeder. Ask for references. Don't let them get away with vague answers. You want to make sure your parrot has come from someone who knows what they are doing and who is reputable. And reputable sellers will give you all the information they can.

  • You should make sure you get a written certificate of health for your bird from the breeder. Healthy and happy birds are talkative birds so if you would like to hear your African grey parrot talking make sure you get a first class bird.

  • Baby Greys love to be cuddled so when you go to choose one and there are several babies there they will all want your attention. There will always be one who catches your eye and this could be the one for you.

  • Your baby parrot should be fully weaned before he goes home with you but it is a good idea to continue giving him porridge as part of his diet as this makes it easier to give medicine if required.

  • Baby Greys should be round and fluffy in appearance, not thin. You should also be given your baby's hatch date so you will know how old he is and when his birthday is. Eyes should appear watchful, black and round. Nostrils should be clear of any discharge. A discharge is not a good sign and you would be well advised to steer clear of any birds that show signs of one. The beak should fit together well with no sign of any deformities. Your birds feet should have 2 toes pointing forwards and 1 back. There should be no faeces crusted around the vent and droppings should be watery and loose. Feathers should be uniformly shaped and in good condition.

  • Having chosen your baby and taken him home it's a good idea to have your avian vet check him out just to be safe.

  • Ensure you have placed his cage in a suitable place in your home, somewhere he can see what is going on and be a part of the action. Have some bird toys in his cage for when he arrives home along with some food and water. Once he settles and is happy it shouldn't be too long befroe you hear your African grey parrot talking.

  • It is also a good idea to have a sleeping cover made for his cage. This should be made of a dark material to keep the light out whilst you and your family are still up. Alternatively if you have the space you could create a separate sleeping area for your bird in another room. Your baby African Grey parrot needs 12 hours sleep and a sleeping cover for his cage can help you to ensure this happens.

Parrots make fantastic pets and providing all goes well it shouldn't be too long before you hear the pleasiing sounds of your African grey parrot talking. Choosing a baby African Grey parrot is just the first step in what should be a long journey. Parrots can live for more than 50 years so choose your bird wisely.

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