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Old 07-16-2019, 07:24 PM
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Meet my new baby, Davy Jones!

When I was 8 years old I saw an African Grey at a petco. He was $4000 and I desperately wanted him. I went home and did a bunch of research, and from that moment on it was my biggest dream. I'm 26 now. I had to start saving over a year ago to adopt him.

Not just him, but the cage, toys, etc and rainy day fund in case he gets sick or injured. When I had enough saved, I started searching online, for months. Every post on craigslist was a scam. I also didn't want a newborn baby being shipped and traumatized for life.

Finally a week ago, a three month old Congo baby was posted. It was real! I had to drive 11 hours round trip to get him, but it was beyond worth it.




I'm going to teach him to be a pirate bird. "Ahoy Matey!" instead of Hello. "Walk the plank," "Shiver me timbers" "I feel a scurvy coming on. "His" name is Davy Jones. When I ask him, "Polly Want a Cracker?" I want him to say "No. I want a soul." I have so many ideas!

I say "he" tentatively because he wasn't DNA tested and the breeder said he knows based on looks. I'm taking him for his first check-up at the vet tomorrow and I'll ask for one then.

I have a few questions. He is super cuddly! He likes to nestle into my neck or just lay right on my face lol. Will that be something he grows out of? I know African Grey's aren't usually very cuddly, but I'm hoping that if I cuddle him as much as possible he won't.



When do they normally wean? The breeder said he was already weaning. However, he can barely eat solid food. He puts a tiny bit in his mouth and licks it. If he focuses on eating for ten minutes he might get one pellet down lol. So obviously, that was incorrect. I read somewhere that it can take up to 20 weeks.

I'm hand feeding him 40 - 50 cc's of formula three times a day. His poop seems good. I just haven't found ANY guidelines as to around how much I should be feeding a day.

When should I start potty training him? Since I got him, he hasn't been in a cage once. He sleeps with me in a box on my bed at night (with my arm inside and him cuddling). I work from home, so he is playing under my desk under my supervision or in my lap all day. He is always on towels. I don't want him to think it's okay to poo everywhere forever, but I don't know when he will be capable of understanding potty training.

I'm actually planning to build a perch next to my desk with a large litter box underneath and train him to go there to poop, so he doesn't have to be in a cage. Do you think I can I do that without needing to use a cage?

Speaking of cages this is what I got him:



It's 3' x 2' x 4'5". Will that be big enough when he is fully grown? He will rarely be in it.

I dunno if I have ever been this happy in my life!!

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Old 07-16-2019, 08:26 PM
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Re: Meet my new baby, Davy Jones!

Also I want to get started on training him somehow right away. Are there any books or videos I can use / buy specifically for training a baby from 3 months to 6 months? Everything is for older parrots and I want to get a good start on him.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:04 PM
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Re: Meet my new baby, Davy Jones!

Congratulations!!! Your joy is contagious! He looks way to young to be weaned... The breeder should have been honest with you, and should be a resource on formula and feeding. You can read about weaning by abundance, which is while still feeding formula you offer lots of other foods all the time to. I don't have hand raising experience so I'm not much help. You can try reposting under the breeding forum. SilverSage has a lot of breeding experience but I haven't seen SilverSage active lately, maybe a mid would pm for you, as you need more posts before you can.
Anyway wonderful pictures, and best wishes for a long and joyful, healthy life to you both!
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Re: Meet my new baby, Davy Jones!

Fabulous, how stweet is he



Do you know why pirates are called 'pirates'?
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Because they just 'aaaargh'
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:13 AM
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Re: Meet my new baby, Davy Jones!

He should be getting 10-11% of his body weight at each feeding, until he refuses. When he starts eating more solid food, try eliminating the middle feeding but continue to feed the morning and night feeding until he begins to refuse them. Temperature of the formula should be no less than 100 degree F and not over 110 degree F. Get a gram scale to monitor his weight daily.

The breeder was lying to you about being weaned, he is definitely not done! I think greys are around 4-5 months before weaning. So he still has a bit to go. This person you got him from is not very responsible to sell an unweaned baby, we sort of frown upon that here. Weaning baby parrots can be very difficult and we've had a lot of people post about having issues with unweaned babies! Hopefully you didn't pay full price for him considering you have another couple months of weaning to do.

You can get DNA tests for super cheap online! $12 from IQBirdTesting , I'm sure the vet will try to charge you a ton for it.
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Re: Meet my new baby, Davy Jones!

Welcome to you and Davy Jones, congratulations on realizing your dream!

Please check the following threads, may be of great help as you continue bonding.
So you bought an unweaned baby... (Note: I cannot assess whether he is partially weaned, something to be aware of though)
Tips for Bonding and Building Trust
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Not sure if ready for training, but here ya go! Clicker & Target Training

Cage looks fine for now but may be a bit smallish over time.
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:46 AM
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Re: Meet my new baby, Davy Jones!

Thanks for the info! I read a very detailed website on hand feeding him so I already knew all of that . I forgot that I could just weigh him and weigh the food to make sure it's 10%. I'll do that today.

I'm glad I got him early because I'm concerned that he wasn't getting enough attention from the breeder. I don't know if it's normal for a three month old - but he has a big bald patch of missing feathers on his chest. I hope he didn't pull them out or the other baby didn't. It really seemed like the breeder didn't care very much. He asked me if I would give him at least 1 hour of attention a day. Uh! No!! Of course I give him much much more!!

I wasn't going to let one of these amazing animals get abused by passing him off because he wasn't perfect. Either by the breeders lack of attention or a different parront that would have abused him in the same ways. I volunteered at a zoo from when I was 11-16. I worked mainly with birds. I got my animal handling certification which took a lot of training.

What's important is that he seems very healthy. Eating well, sleeping well, playing well, and excellent poops. He doesn't seem to have any mental deficits - he is already trying to talk! Of course I can't wait for his vet appointment to be absolutely certain that everything is fine (and get him on insurance.)

I also nursed three baby wild birds who were abandoned or injured (under the supervision of a certified rehabilitator) and released them back into the wild . I took several veterinarian classes in high school in a special program.

It's been several years so I needed to brush up on my knowledge and skills, but I have a good idea of what I'm doing! Just trying to figure it out for a parrot and do the absolute best that I can. He is amazing and deserves the best.

I have documented every cute moment of his life since I got him. I can't wait to edit it into one video and share. He is a very special little pirate dude.
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Re: Meet my new baby, Davy Jones!

You sound very well prepared to take this guy on! Making sure he is healthy with a visit to the vet is going to be great, they'll be able to determine too if the bald spot on his chest are abnormal or if they were plucked, be sure to do all the tests like gram stains blood test to make sure he is also healthy on the inside. Some plucking behaviors are caused by internal issues so best to rule those out early on. With sketchy breeders you never know what kind of conditions they are raised in, OR the health of their parents.
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He just said his first word!!! HE'S A GENIUS!

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Re: Meet my new baby, Davy Jones!

Ok that whole video is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Hes SO excited to be chatting with you! I love him.


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