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Old 11-19-2013, 11:41 AM
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Questions about greys

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I am new to this fourm but not forums in general. I have been looking at adopting an African grey. There are a ton of them to sale in my area for about $500 for whole cage setup and everything. I have a green cheek right now. They willnt be in the same cage I know that is bad. I just want to know of African greys a lot harder then my conure or easier. My green cheek is my first bird so I have learned a lot about birds in the last year. If I get a grey I am going to make it a bird room out of my spare extra bedroom. When I am at work would this be ok to put it in? Also I know every bird is different but in general would my conure get along with a grey or is the grey to large? Thanks

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Old 11-19-2013, 11:49 AM
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Re: Questions about greys

bad idea!

CAGS can be quite aggressive with a smaller bird in the same cage. Your GCC wouldn't stand a chance against a CAG beak. They need separate cages!

They aren't so much more difficult to work with, but they are different, and a CAG has a beak like a scissors. Where your GCC could put a pinhole in your finger, a CAG can remove the flesh from your finger, or inflict a bite requiring stitches. So you do need to know how to work with a bigger bird...

CAGs tend to be less touchy feelie than GCCs. They also tend to be more vocal.
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:24 PM
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Re: Questions about greys

They will likely not get along. The age of each bird is also a factor... If both are babies, they can be "raised together" (don't take this too literally, they should NEVER be caged together), meaning they may leArn to tolerate each other and may actually become friends. My grey and my crimson bellied conure will preen each other for hours.. BUT we got them around the same time.
Birdman666 is right about the beak and bite of a grey. Taking care of a big bird is MUCH different than your green cheek. And they do not appreciate being handled as much as the green cheeks too. They need a lot more time out of their cage, if you work long hours it is not fair for the grey. However, a bird room is a good idea, although they must be caged while you are not home. Lots and lots of foraging toys are good for your grey while you are not home.
A big bird is a big step but you can't learn if you never make the the step. That being said, make sure you do A TON of research before you buy a big bird. So many end up in rescues because people do not do their research before buying, and it is quite sad.
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:28 PM
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Re: Questions about greys

I actually wrote they won't be cages together. I think you read that wrong. I know that is bad. I would never house two birds together even if they are the same species
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:34 PM
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Re: Questions about greys

Sorry, I misread that. My bad.

My CAG was around when I had 11 birds, including 3 conures. He thought that chasing conures was a sport...

Of course, this is the same bird that also thinks chasing CATS is a sport... and popping out from under the cage and grabbing toes is a sport...

Raised right, they are feisty, funny, birds, that can use language appropriately, and instigators who mess around a lot.

Raised improperly, they are neurotic plucker/perch potatoes that are afraid of their own shadows.

If you get one, raise it right, and it should be fine.

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Re: Questions about greys

I'm very partial to greys, so I'm all for people getting them when they are interested in them, but I wouldn't count on them wanting anything to do with your conure. Our grey didn't actively seek out the other pets in our house, but he sure would chomp them if they got too close. He also loved to give bare toes a pinch if he got the opportunity.
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Re: Questions about greys

I have a grey, I think she is one of the most gentle greys I have seen so she might not be a good indicator. However, she can hang out on the tree with my daughters gcc. She in fact enjoys it, she loves to watch me feed the baby gcc's. This said she absolutely hates my rb2! He is a funny little guy but quite the little "brat" (I say this in a loving way LOL) when it comes to any other birds. He lands on her, chases her around etc. I would say that if you have them in two different cages in the same room they would be able to keep each other company when you are not there. If they are the right personalities then under supervision they may be able to be out at the same time. This is always a case by case thing. As I have stated my cag likes to hang out with the gcc. I think that it all depends on the two personalities.
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Re: Questions about greys

Ok thanks! I thought that is what you all would say. So if I get a grey how do you spend time with each bird without them being near each other. Right now my conure is out of her cage 85% of the day. She doesn't have her wings clipped so she flies around my house and loves being able to do so. From what I understand greys like perches. My conure is a love bug and sits on out hands and knees all day long. A grey probably won't do that right?
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Re: Questions about greys

Our grey always liked being with us, either on a knee arm or nearby perch/play gym.
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Re: Questions about greys

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Ok thanks! I thought that is what you all would say. So if I get a grey how do you spend time with each bird without them being near each other. Right now my conure is out of her cage 85% of the day. She doesn't have her wings clipped so she flies around my house and loves being able to do so. From what I understand greys like perches. My conure is a love bug and sits on out hands and knees all day long. A grey probably won't do that right?
CAGs generally get handled on their own terms. It depends on the bird. Mine will get handled for short stretches, but when all the other birds wanted to hang out actually ON ME... (as in all ten at once) my CAG preferred to be running around on the back of the couch...
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