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ali - 2009-09-18
Hello everyone! I am from lebanon, and over here all the timnehs are wild caught, discolored, underweight, and treated badly. The pet shops in lebanon are in terrible condition for animals. I recently got a timneh from one of those pet shops, it only cost me 60$(yes that is how cheap it is).His/Her name is Zizo. She/He is really frightened and doesn't like anyone to get close to him/her (not sure if female or male). It is really sad when I see these animals treated this way, especially animals that have a lot of potential to turn into wonderfull friends and family members. For everyone whose reading I hope you contact me via email at glass_ali@hotmail.com because I would love to personally be in touch with someone who owns a timneh that was hand fed and kind of figure out the right way to tame my wild caught. I am hopefull that one day Zizo will turn out just fine.

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  • Franny - 2010-05-11
    Hi Ali,
    In 1982 I bought a timneh in a pet store on a wim.. I did not know she was wild ( I assume after all these years that she is a male but she is still susie to me) Susie would not eat or drink and she shook all the time, I called the pet store so often that they quit taking my calls. I tried to pick her up and she bit me so hard and so often that I was ready to give up until a friend of mine spent 1 day with her. My friend had no fear and did not care about the bloody finger that she gave him. He got her out of the cage onto a carped floor and used a stick and his hands gently trying to get her to get on either one building trust. He never jumped away he just stayed on the goal of getting her on his hand or the stick until she trusted him enough to comply. After that day she began to calm down and eat and drink and then to my delight she started making the sound of my dripping faucet... and then words and then she would sit on my shoulder and ride on my bike and in the car, I can do anything with her and to her, I clip her wing and trip her nails, I take her in the pool. Believe me you can gain her trust.
  • rani - 2011-09-23
    Hello :) if you managed to breed any african greys im very willing to get one from you. I have a 20 year african and she's doing great. She's a female (I found that out when she laid an egg ). It's too bad there are no breeders in lebanon i looked every where for an african grey baby.
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Ivan Previšić - 2011-12-08
Beautiful *_*

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philippe parent - 2011-09-17
My Question is this my aunt has a African Grey Congo and she has little black bugs falling off and around underneath is arm pit what are these and is their a way of getting this off of him.

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    naji - 2011-10-30
    Does the Timneh parrot, change his feathers??? and how long does it take to regenerate? and at which age they change plums usually?

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    jeanine - 2010-05-02
    I am considering the idea of getting an African Grey Congo in a few years. I am curious of the cost of the bird and the needs to get started. I want a loving bird and a talker and I hear an African Grey or Cockatoo are the best choices. Which do you think?

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    • motasm - 2010-06-20
      In my land an umbrella cockatoo is as 4000 and african grey 1000 expensive cookatoo likes to hug african grey best talker!
    • Roy Bliven - 2010-08-14
      If you can afford one - prices run from $750 to $1500 and the average price of an African Grey is about $1200. I am a published author and presently I am writing a children's book about a friend's African Grey named "Bobo." Bobo flew away one time but was recovered when he said his phone number as perfectly recorded voice mail - complete with the beeps! He calls everyone by their first name, asks for food by name and speaks in two languages, Greek and English. His vocabulary is that of a 3-year old child. He knows what is happening and where things belong. One time, a water delivery became a problem when Bobo said "over here, not there!" When he didn't put the water where Bobo said, he said to the delivery person, "GO HOME!" You will find Greys to be a member of the HH.
    • maxjude - 2011-09-16
      yes I have a male and a female African gray parrots they are both 2 years old not and they are for adoption not for sale where are you located and they will also be coming with their cage email me at maxjude77@yahoo.com
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    sophie - 2011-05-10
    Hi there. I have a grey africian cockatoo. I am just worried about him not talking he is usaully talking and whistling the whole day but he has'nt said anything in 2 days. Please help me and thankyou. What is going on?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-10
      Usually nothing. Just like a person decides to be quiet at times, so can your feathered freind. It is spring and he is shedding some of his winter down (yep even if you live in Fl). You see those little white fun feathers flying around that you can't catch? Also it is spring and breeding season and they seem to know this. Now just in case check to make sure his poop looks normal and there hasn't been a change. Look at his vent and check to make sure there aren't white droppings around the vent. Check his nostrils to make sure they are clear and smell his breath to make sure it doesn't smell (unless you just gave him a hot pepper). Yep, they usually make sounds throughout the day (we have one) but sometimes they do get quiet. But unless there is some other overt sign, I wouldn't worry. Give him an extra hug and pet and let him eat dinner with you tonight.
    • marie - 2011-07-31
      African Greys are not cockatoos! They are parrots a totally different bird. Mine goes through quiet phases as well. They have moods like people.
    • Derrick - 2011-08-03
      I concur,I have a Congo African Grey,his name is Howard,and he usually only talks or whistles or tries to sing when someone leaves the room. A little backwards I suppose.

      He will also talk whistle sing 1 on 1 but he doesnt like certain people.
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    Rodrigo Roca - 2011-04-04
    A friend just gave me her 30 year old African Grey and i was wondering if they are sociable with parakeets or similar sized birds?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-05
      It isn't the size of the bird that counts so much. My caiques rulled the roost. Certain birds can carry diseases that other birds aren't immune to. This doesn't mean that either species is not well taken care off or not clean - nothing like that. There are certain diseases that parakeets may carry and be totally immune to that the Grey has no immunity against. Quarantine the grey for a a couple of months prior to introducing them. Also, can you tell me more specifically what you mean by similar sized birds? History on them or the parakeets? You should also ask an Avian Vet.
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    judy - 2011-03-27
    I have only had my parrot 4 weeks love him to bits the person I got him from said he don't talk lol he does lots some naughty words but he's settled down in my home it's like he's always been here he makes my laugh so much chatting away he's got my phone down to fine art know my grandchildren love him he's learning new words all time.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
      The more you talk - actually converse with your little fella, the more they will talk. Mine loves whistling various songs as well. Show them objects and name them such as "this is hand" Ask questions "Happy today" Talk to them as you would a 3 year old. That is what you have - an intelligent 3 year old all dressed up in a feather suit. Enjoy and keep us updated.
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    Robyn - 2008-09-18
    Just wanted to say I love my Grey. His name is Marty and he makes me smile everyday, no matter how my day is going. He definitely is loved. He's favorite thing to say is "I LOVE YOU". I wouldn't give him up for anything. He's my son... only death will part us.

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    sammy - 2010-05-15
    What can I do to stop my gray from plucking his feathers?

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    • motasm - 2010-06-20
      Go to animal dr.
    • dawnya - 2010-11-14
      There are a lot of reasons why parrots pluck. They can be stressed, diet, not enough stimulation, toys touching them in their cage or not enough showers/misting. Have you seen a vet yet to rule out any illnesses? I have taken in pluckers and tried everything from shots, to vitamin supplements, to cones. The best thing i found was patience and a wide variety of chew toys. When you see them plucking side track him with something new to focus on such as a toy, treat or a little scritch on the head.
    • tammy rogers - 2011-01-14
      Hello sammy
      My grey keeps plucking her feathers but I don't know why he keeps doing it I will ask my uncle and I will get back to you.

      my email addy is
      tammy.lamont@yahoo.com
    • ann - 2011-01-14
      Did you change something in his environment even if it's a new lamp, toy or whatever it might be stressing him out. Good luck.
    • ann - 2011-01-14
      They have formulas for feather regrowth, also mist his feathers with warm (not too hot not too cold) water that should stop him from plucking. Also make sure he has a proper diet (with some calcium like a cuttle bone this goes for male and female greys) and never send him to bed after a bath he will get sick due to the cold. He needs time to preen and dry off before sleeping. Also you could try gently drying him off with a soft towel but don't leave him with it. This should stop him from plucking his remaining feathers, and help him regrow the ones he plucked. Hope this helps good luck!
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