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70boss302
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posted 04-16-2005 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70boss302   Click Here to Email 70boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am thinking about getting an African Grey Parrot. They say they are as intelligent as a 6 yo child............!!! Does anyone here have any experiance with birds?

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Dave Gibson
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posted 04-16-2005 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes. I have had several birds over the years. Mainly Parrots and Cockatoos. The African Grey is a very intelligent and the best speaking bird out there, hands down. Get a young bird that has just been weened. That way the bird is not set in it's ways with bad habits or things that you don't like. They do require attention, just like a child does. Pass the bird around the family and friends when they visit. Get it use to strangers quickly. Makes it easier to get a bird sitter. Also, don't just feed your bird seed or seed mix only. They need plenty of fruits and vegies also. Keeps them heathier. Check out BirdTalk Magazine. Lots of great help and info there also. If you have more questions, ask away.

Dave & Terri

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capri man
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posted 04-16-2005 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i like thim also. they taste just like chicken!!

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mustangs68
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posted 04-16-2005 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No,
But I have had a couple of 6 year old children and didn't find them really smart and way to much trouble to take care of

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RancheroSandraGayle
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posted 04-16-2005 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RancheroSandraGayle   Click Here to Email RancheroSandraGayle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
African Grey is a very intellegent bird. My old boss had one and it could mimmick a phone ringing answer it and carry on a conversation. Thing scared me when it learned to mimmick the boss giving me the 3rd degree

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Ked
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posted 04-16-2005 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ked   Click Here to Email Ked     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a (african) senegal parrot and a cockatiel.

I bought the cockatiel from a pet shop when she was about six months old.

Big mistake!!

Don't get me wrong, she's a sweet bird, but she trust no one but me and doesn't even like to come out of her cage most of the time.

She will fly over to the sennie's cage to harrass him on occassion. When he starts walking towards her, she will fly back to her cage.

The sennie I bought from a breeder. I picked him out before he could even perch and brought him home when he was not quite weened.

As far as he is concerned, he is not a bird. I don't think he even realizes he can fly if he wanted to.

I've taken some nasty bites, but for the most part he is a sweet bird.

No talking yet, but he mimicks my daughters laugh, the telephone ringing, and a door squeek.

As a matter of fact, he will squeek regardless of which door you walk through.

I make a special corn muffin for them and only give the seeds as a treat.

Dave is right. Do your research!!!

http://www.birdtalkmagazine.com

Check the prices of the cages (some running into the thousands) not to mention the prices of toys that they take great pleasure in tearing apart.

Be sure you can commit to the bird and keep in mind, most of these birds have a much longer life span than traditional pets.

Most importantly, purchase from a reputable breeder and find an avian vet.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-16-2005 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Domestic birds? Wow! If you can get birds that do housework, sign me up for one!

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70boss302
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posted 04-17-2005 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70boss302   Click Here to Email 70boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Dave and Ked for the good info on the birds and thanks to the rest of you for the good laughs. LOL

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Fastback68
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posted 04-17-2005 01:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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i like thim also. they taste just like chicken!!

Really??? I'd always assumed they weren't very tasty. In west and central Africa, I've never heard of them on the "bush meat" menu.
Also aren't there some nasty diseases you can catch from parrots? Maybe you can get them from eating them.

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66HIPO&more
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posted 04-17-2005 02:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66HIPO&more     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike got a new baby parakeet today. Our last one was Buster who died a year ago at age 8 years.
Buster was blue, but our new "Buddy" is green.
They are easy to take care of too. Not as talkative as parrots. But we've enjoyed many budgies over the years.
Buster could say "what's ya doin" and our son taught him "Bu!!$hit Buster."
Before Buster we had Fido, who was also a parakeet.

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