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Becoming a parrot owner

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  1. Dogs&Birds

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    Hello there,

    I hope Everyone is doing fabulous.

    I am interested in becoming a parrot owner ever since I can remember. Just never had the time or money to get one and quite frankly, I’m thankful for it.

    Two years ago I fell in love with an African Grey that was grocery shopping with his human companion. He was in a harness sitting on a woman’s shoulder. I talked to her, asked some questions and after a couple of minutes he said “piss off” (I know, not the friendliest but I couldn’t stop laughing).

    After that incident I started doing research for at least a year, only to realize that I wouldn’t be able to take proper care of him, due to my work schedule and traveling.

    However, circumstances have changed and I feel like I’m ready for the challenge and wanna make my dream come true.

    I was wondering if anyone here knows a legitimate breeder in California that I could approach.

    I had so many phone conversations with breeders that just seemed to wanna get quick money without asking me any questions about anything. Like they were breeding dogs or cats and I just didn’t feel good about any of them.
    I also went to an adorable little bird shop called “The Perfect Parrot” close to where I live but I’m still not sure if that is the right choice.

    I know these birds are a huge challenge and I even consider rescuing one because I want to feel the connection between the bird and myself and not just buying one for the sake of it.

    So if anyone know a good breeder in California (not too far from Los Angeles) or a shelter specialized in birds please let me know.

    Best,
    Jonny

    PS: I have a labradoodle named Charlie. The smartest, most adorable creature on this planet. Would love some feedback on that too.
     
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  2. Lady Jane

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    Hi there Jonny. We usually suggest to check with rescues first unless you want a baby. We have several members living in California who may help you. Just be careful of bird flippers and scammers. When you are dealing with high priced birds its likely you will run into one or two.
     
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  3. Dogs&Birds

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    Thanks for the heads up.

    I came across some of them already.

    3 month old baby African Grey for sale.
    Including blood, DNA test, travel cage and food supply for the first month.
    600$

    I already saw them being delivered on a magical slide

    I would prefer a baby simply because I want to go through the whole experience but then again I have read some horrible stories about African greys and puberty. There are so many different experiences online which is very confusing.
     
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  4. NirAntae

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    If you can't find a breeder you trust, I would recommend finding a local bird show. African Greys are popular birds, and it's not hard to find them, or at least people who breed them, at shows.

    But to be honest, a lot of breeders just reach the point that they quit trying to filter prospective buyers much, not because they don't care, but because there are just a lot of babies to find homes for, and well, Greys are not inexpensive birds. They're happy to answer questions, but they often won't be the ones asking them.
     
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  5. Lady Jane

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    Here is a link to a reliable breeder of African parrots. I used to have one of hers. Her name is Jean Patterson. She is in Florida so the bird would be shipped to you.

    African Queen Aviaries
     
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    Welcome to AA.
    I've never purchased any birds here but I've read that people are generally happy with birds from: Parrot Breeder - Omar's Exotic Birds
    You can also contact Steve Garvin The Feather Tree- Steve Garvin I sent him an email regarding Ruppell's parrots but never heard back. Maybe you will have better luck or perhaps give him a call. If you are willing to have a bird shipped agree with @Lady Jane regarding Jean Pattison/African queen Aviaries. She is well-known and reputable.
    There are local rescues that might have older Greys available. I realize you would prefer a baby but it might be worth checking into.
     
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    Welcome to the forum. If there are any rescues near you, maybe go and visit? You'd be amazed how sometimes you just click with a bird and it's an amazing feeling when that bird picks you.
     
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    welcome
     
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    Welcome, and enjoy the site!
     
  10. Dogs&Birds

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    Thank you.

    I have to say, I looooove all the stories here.
    yestetday I spent two hours just reading.
    The most heartwarming/ teardropping once I’ve read in a long time...

    By the way, I put my name on the list of a couple of rescues around here.
    Also called a bird Club and left a voicemail and am super thrilled because I already received a phone call which lead to me going to meet the first potential candidate next week.
    Surprisingly it sounds like a great fit but I don’t wanna get carried away just yet.
    (It is the grey that makes the choice).

    Fingers crossed.

    I’ll let y‘all know how it went.
     
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    Hi everyone,

    Just got back from a meeting with The bird and have a couple of questions.

    The bird seemed lovely.
    Very shy and quiet but lovely.

    She had me feed him some ice cream which is his favorite treat. I held it in front of him and had him reach for it, which he did. He didn’t seem too anxious about that.

    However, after a little while he would just freez and stare in one direction. He didn’t seem to respond to anything for a couple of minutes.
    What could that be?

    Also he was very shaky?
    She told me that she clipped his nails and that might be why, and that he would do that occasionally if he is stressed.


    Also he moved pretty slowly on the floor when she put him down.

    I’m just thinking maybe he realizes what’s going on and is terrified or he has something. Maybe an illness or so.

    Would love to get some feedback on that.
     
  13. NirAntae

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    My first thought would be stress. Also, giving him ice cream could be dropping his core temp and making him shiver. To be fair, all of my Greys have moved pretty slowly and carefully on the floor, they aren't really 'walkers'. If you're worried he might be ill, I'd get a vet's opinion/checkup before committing.

    But overall if he's friendly with you, I wouldn't be overly concerned. Remember that birds from a rescue are going through a lot, they're going to be a bit 'off'.
     
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    My greys shake when they are nervous.
    The best thing about adopting a bird is you know what you are getting, if you get a baby they can change into anything.
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    Follow my flock, you can see all the shenanigans they get up to!
     
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