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Joanne - 2010-06-30
I have a TAG that I have nicked named PIT BULL. He loves his feet rubbed daily and his head sometimes but when he bites me he doesn't let go. Like a bit bull. He is re-homed and I have had him over a year. I cook for him, sing to him, read to him, try to play with him and buy him toys to destroy. I wish he wouldn't bite me.

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  • Carol - 2010-12-19
    Talk to him about it. Always say the same words "no bite", tell him it hurts
    when he bites you and you would rather he tell you to "stop it", if he doesn't like something or say "no" if he doesn't want whatever. They understand what you are saying. If you don't want him to bite, tell him.
  • Karl F Scott - 2011-01-07
    Why is the parrot biting you and not letting go? Is your husband at work all the week, but home only on weekends, or is he at home all week, if he is away until the weekend then the bird will be missing him. I have a male and a female parrot and the male parrot bites me and my family all through the week and when it is the weekend he stops biting because my dad comes home for the weekend.
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rouaida mortimer - 2010-12-02
Hello,
I've just purchased a Parrot, but I need some answers please about it.
-My timneh color is dark brown to grey is it normal? Or it is mixed Congo
grey with Timneh as I have been told?
-His iris is light grey, how old he might be? Is he young?
-Can I put two another parrot in the same cage?
Thank you for help

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jimmy - 2010-04-03
Recently purchased a young African congo (12wks old). At what age do they usually start to talk?

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  • Jo - 2010-08-03
    Hi Jimmy
    My african gray "Ruby" started to talk at around 16-18wks old, however we are a large family and must say it's very rare she is left alone, and everyone speaks to her as she is part of our family, she never stops talking only at bedtime, when she will ask "Can I go to bed please!"
  • Trish - 2010-11-29
    It's different for every african grey, It can take up to a year for them to actually say a word. You'l start to see them mimic sounds more than anything usually before they begin to talk. It all depends on how often you talk to your bird and what words you more often.
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allison - 2010-11-25
I have a timneh. His name is creek. I have his name tattooed onto the back of my neck. He will be 3 in just a few days. Creek knows about 300 words.. and puts 5-6 together to form a sentence. He answers back at appropriate times... with just the right words. He is very clever and the love of my life. For christmas he wants a cell phone, as he likes to imitate me on the phone. "hellloooo, okay, bye bye".

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Georgianna - 2005-02-03
We have two beautiful Congos, which were the only African Greys I used to consider buying. Then after a few years, I purchased a little Timneh. What a delight she is. I would take a Timneh over a Congo anyday. Their personality is so much better. She is not as nervous and is much more lovable than either of our Congos. Her even temperament is wonderful. I do not have to worry about her snuggling and then biting me. My Timneh is very nice and laid back all the time. She just loves to go and do anything I do. She goes to school with me almost everyday and the children love her. She talks a lot when children come into my office. I do not let them hold her but they sure enjoy looking and talking to her. I am a school counselor. If I could only have one type of parrot it would be a Timneh #1 and then a Senegal #2. Their calm nature is wonderful. My timneh is the best parrot companion I have. Her name is Tikvah "Tiki" which in Hebrew means Hope.

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  • Susan Sossina - 2010-11-20
    Because of the attention the Timnehs need would you recommend we get 2 babies so that they have company?
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Hope - 2010-03-21
I was searching the site to learn more about the African Grey Timneh... I have a couple Quesions still... That I did not see posted...1.) What is thier Life Span? 2.) How Many Times a Year and when do They Breed? 3.) How Many Babys Do they Have At one time and how long do they Carry the Babys? 4.)Is it ok to have more than 1 Female and just 1 male all Together around Breeding Season? Would this be the Best Bird to start With Kennels? 5.) What The pricing on them?


Dr. Jungle says:
African Greys usually live to the ripe age of about 50 years in captivity. In the wild they live in large flocks, from sometimes flocks of over 200 birds. When sexually mature they choose their mates from the flocks and enter into a lifelong monogamous bond.

In captivity they are mature enough for breeding at about five years of age, though it can take much longer than that in nature. Ideally you should pair up your birds at six months of age to obtain compatibility.

Nesting is variable in nature, depending upon local. African Greys have been noted to lay eggs anywhere from January to September. In captivity they do not have a specific breeding season. They can lay at any time of year, though the environment needs to be favorable, such things as the season weather and plenty of food available.

African Greys do not 'carry' babies. They are egg layers, depositing their eggs in nests and brooding them until they hatch. They can lay between 3 to 5 eggs which incubate for 30 days. They then need to be continually fed until they are about 10 to 12 weeks old. Their beaks, however, will not be completely strong (hard) until about 4 to 5 months. At that time they can begin to eat fruits and nuts. They will be almost fully fledged (feathered) at about 10 weeks.

African Grey babies can sell from about $600 and up.

There are many good books to give you the indepth information you are looking for on breeding African Greys. You can find a number of books on our Animal World References - Pet Birds - Exotic Birds

A good one to start with is African Gray Parrots: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual.

Please write answer to Hopeewall23@aol.com Thanks For Your Time

Hope

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  • jim - 2010-11-20
    Hi I just bought a timneh African grey I love her she is 4 month's old when will she talk? Thanks for your time.
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Elizabeth - 2009-05-25
We have had spooky, our african gray, for about 22 years, shes amazing. She lets you know when someone is outside because she makes a certain squak she lets out. She mimicks the microwave, which always makes out guests laugh, she calls my mothers name, along with my father and sisters names too, she just started to call my boyfreinds name when she sees him. Whenever we let her out of her cage, shes just perfect and relaxed, she always finds a way to amaze everyone. She is part of our family.

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  • peter - 2010-04-15
    oh hi I was wondering that how you teach the african grey how to talk and I want to know more information about it?
  • Roy Bliven - 2010-08-14
    I have friends who have a Grey named Bobo. He calls everyone by first name, imitates the phone voice mail, makes sure everyone does things according to Bobo, and sings songs. He has the vocabulary of a 3-year old. He once told someone his home phone number when he flew away and was returned to my friends. He told off a delivery driver when he put water jugs in the wrong place, he told him to "GO HOME!" Bobo also stopped a fire in the kitchen when he yelled "OH S--t!" Bad, Bad!" He sings several songs like "How much is that doggy in the window, woof, woof" and speaks both Greek and English. I am presently writing a children's book about Bobo's Adventures.
  • jacob - 2010-11-07
    Do you have an alarm system that beeps when a door opens because spooky may imitate it.
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susan - 2010-10-02
Our Congo African Grey plays peek-a-boo. We run and hide and he finds us and he say Peek-a-boo. He also plays with our cat on the floor the game of fetch with a rolled up piece of paper. He will hit his self on his head and say stop that that hurts. He tells us what he wants to eat,and when he wants to sleep. He loves to cuddle and give kisses. lts like having a five year old child again. These parrots are so smart there are no words to describe what they can do, as they each have a soul of there own.

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Jen - 2010-07-24
I purchased my Timneh when he was still in an egg. I would go to the store and visit and bond until he was weened and ready to come home. He will be 18 this year! He has brought so much joy, laughter and love to our lives! He is a doll! When I got him, I was in college. I have expanded quite a bit since then....3 dogs, 3 kids...a husband (whom I met when my honey bird was 12 months)! He is adaptable, fun-loving and so silly!

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george - 2010-07-20
Hello, I have various types of birds and cage, kindly contact me via email and let me know what you're looking to buy.

Georgemorina@oath.com

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