Bring out your bird’s inner ground forager by providing foraging opportunities at the cage bottom.
This is truly sad. I hope one day this person comes to understand their parrot, as well as the hundreds of other people who feel the same.This isn’t a terrible situation, but it’s not ideal either.
If you ever feel this way join the web site http://www.parrotforums.com/ to ask for advice from experienced parronts. My username there is “copperarabian”, feel free to PM on the forum or message me on tumblr.
"Sitting here listening to my Parrot squawking, i thought i’d inform all those out there who are thinking of getting a parrot how much of a nuisance they are. They cause endless amounts of mess, noise and stress with them constantly throwing things out of their cage, constant squawking, shouting and whistling and their all round annoying presence. However, Their overall gentle nature and their ability to mimic speech have made them popular pets – if they do have this nature. If they have an annoyingly clingy nature, like mine, you will never hear the end of it unless you’re in the room speaking to him.
My parrot, Baby, is the noisiest, messiest and most irritating animal we have ever owned – despite his cuteness. When he is in a good mood and someone is in the room, he dances with me while i whistle ‘The Muppets Theme’, chatters away like a human and sits quietly to watch tv. However, as soon as no one is in the room he makes a complete racket until someone is in there again. We’ve tried leaving the tv on for him while no one is in their just to make it seem as though he’s not alone, but of course that didn’t work. Being situated in the lounge, he is where the most activity is, but even that isn’t enough for him.
Despite how annoying he is, he has to be the cleverest animal you could ever own. When i put my coat on in the morning ready to leave he says ‘See you later’ because he knows i’m about to leave. When he gets tired he says ‘Na Night’ to tell my parents he wants to go to sleep. When someone falls asleep in the room, he is completely silent until they wake up again. He whistles along to tunes like ‘The Great Escape’ and The McDonalds tune. When my cats stand at the door to go out, he says ‘Do you want to go out?’ to tell us the cats are wanting to go out. But despite how clever he is, it doesn’t stop me regretting my dads decision to buy him.
Overall, from this post you have learned:
So for anyone who is thinking about buying an African Grey, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make sure the parrot isn’t like mine before hand – unless you like being squawked at every five seconds. Observe the parrot a great deal before you purchase it because remember you’re going to be having to live with that annoying little creature.
Until the next time my pretties, Scarlett x”
Found this story on the parrot forum. Anyone buying from a breeder must be very careful, check, double check, then triple check. Remember that it’s the job of our breeders to provide a weaned healthy baby, trying to convince you to take on hand feeding is a irresponsible breeder. Parrot pet stores are notorious for this. I’m glad everything turned out ok for this girl, and what a STUNNING shamrock macaw she has.
"I hope this never happens to anyone here .
My dream bird has always been a macaw. And in my country it was quite hard to find a breeder …. Since I was studying far away from my hometown
So I found one in a webpage called” Mercado libre” that is like the eBay of our Country. I didn’t want to buy a wild caught so I thought that I was doing the right thing when I put the first deposit for my baby. Putting all my trust in that Idiot.
He told me that I needed to get the bird before it weaned because he thought I would have a better bond with it. Since it was the only guy out there who I knew that sold legal macaws I couldn’t complain.
He sent me many pictures of my baby …. I was going trough a rough time and the bird gave me the hope I needed . My baby is a Shamrock macaw and has a lot of yellow in its head since I chose him before he developed it . One day he sent me pictures of another baby that wasn’t mine and I grew suspicious of him ….
I fought with him for the baby I saw growing up and I thought I won when I put in his bank account the last deposit .And the baby was going to be sent the next week.
Summer break started and I was so happy to see my family and my baby but it wasn’t going to be that easy
It took 3 weeks for the baby to arrive and even I don’t know how it passed all the airport regulations because the box were it was sent was too small…
And the next day I took him to a breeder I found in my area because there are no avian vets in my hometown. The breeder told me that that guy who sent me the macaw wanted me to take care of the unweaned baby because it was less expensive and it was sent to die because it was also showing symptoms of malnutrition and was too weak.
I was heartbroken but thanks to him my baby is growing stronger each day. And I feel bad because I could have bought him a bird but I didn’t know he was there when I put the first deposit.
So now I am waiting my baby to grow stronger and wean to take him home. And hopefully that evil breeder will pay for what he did.
English is not my native language so forgive me if I have any grammar error.”
Congo African gray with Tenmeh African gray
"These two different subspecies share many similarities, but are also quite different even to the casual observer. The nominate ssp. (whom I will refer to as the African Grey) is larger and lighter is color and has a bright red tail. As you can see, the Timneh Grey has a much smaller distribution, and it is thought to be named after the Temne tribe with whom they share part of their range. Maybe the Timne people have even kept these parrots as pets. The Timneh Grey is a bit smaller and has a darker grey plumage, as well as a darker burgundy colored tail and a horn colored upper mandible (as opposed to the solid black beak of the African Grey).Grey Parrots are among a few species of parrot that flock solely with their own kind. They flock in large numbers that can exceed a couple of hundred birds. They are partial ground feeders and birds inhabiting the Congo Basin and surrounding areas can often be found flocking around clearings that were made, over time, by the African Forest Elephants. They like to nest in palm trees as well as eat the oily fruit that these same trees bear. It is said that Greys Parrots will feed almost solely on the palm fruit when it is available. “
By the end of summer I will either have an african gray or a galah. I JUST CAN’T DECIDE!
Galahs if purchased young(or raised correctly) are immensely entertaining, full of energy, very out going, very social and enjoy meeting new people, and extremely good at trick training. One potential down side to galahs is that they NEED to be fully flighted. Galahs are desert & harsh climate parrots who have a very good metabolism to survive on food with little nutrition. They are highly prone to fatty liver disease, fatty tumors, obesity, and heart disease/failure as they age if not exercised. They need daily flying, even just a couple short flights, high quality pellets, and healthy fresh & prepared foods. Galahs are known for being neurotic and phobic, they need to be socialized young and introduced to new objects from day one.
If you think you can handle a fully flighted bird go with a galah, they are amazing. A galah just learning to fly can fly circles around a African gray who’s flown for 20 years.
African grays on the other hand are more reserved, prefer only a few people(known for being a one bird person), are honestly too intelligent for captivity and fall easy into phobic or neurotic behavior. They are highly intelligent and are truly capable of understanding words if you talk to them like a person rather than baby talk.
they are also prone to calcium deficiencies which will cause seizures. Avoid supplements at all cost unless your vet specifically tells you to use them, instead feed dark leafy greens, and other foods naturally high in calcium.