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Re: Any info needed.... Please!!!

Posted by Mickie on 3/07/08
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    On 3/07/08, rose wrote:
    > On 3/06/08, Stechler wrote:
    >> Im interested in getting an african grey but dont now
    >> enough about them
    >
    > If you can find a rescue nearby that takes care of pet
    > parrots, volunteer your time. Greys are unique and probably
    > shouldn't be a first bird. By volunteering, you will find
    out
    > the basics of what is required to take care of a large bird.
    > They are thoroughly messy, flinging seeds and food
    everywhere,
    > they poop on everything, shred everything, including your
    > furniture, woodwork, shoes, whatever is handy, and they need
    > lots of toys changed frequently, such as chewables,
    > shreddables, etc. They need a very varied diet, including
    > fresh and cooked veggies, fruits, some seeds; they can eat
    > people food, too, except for avacados and some other things I
    > can't remember right now. They require a lot of mental
    > stimulation. They are not a bird you want to just stick in a
    > cage because it will end up thoroughly plucked within a very
    > short time out of boredom. Most are hand-raised and need to
    > be near you all the time to be happy. They are not good lone
    > birds. They need as big a cage as possible. Try subscribing
    > to Bird Talk Magazine. They do articles on Greys every few
    > months. Also buy Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot by Mattie
    Sue
    > Ethan and read all of it. This will give you some guidance
    > into what difficulties you may encounter. Most of all, you
    > need to find out if there is an AVIAN vet around you that you
    > can go to in an emergency. If you live too far away to get
    to
    > one, it may cost the bird's life one day. Vet care is very
    > expensive when it comes to exotic birds, and a regular
    dog/cat
    > vet is pretty useless when it comes to birds.

    Very well said Rose. When people come here and ask questions
    about birds it may sound silly to some, because there are
    obvious answers, like go "google it". The truth is some
    posters wants to hear first hand about people experiences with
    their birds. There is a difference. Thank you Rose for taking
    people seriously. We need more people like you on this
    board.