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« on: January 21, 2008, 12:23:33 PM »

Well African greys have always been a big part in my life, i have owned my pet grey Reggie now for 11 years and he is the most clever bird i know! The words he comes out with sometimes baffle me and i think to myself do i say that?? He knows our family routine and calls my youngest son all the time to tell him to put his shoes on and then "going in the car" and all sorts of other wonderful things.
I am now a hobby breeder and i enjoy looking after all the parrots each one has it's own special nature and way, and enjoy having baby greys to bring up and make into loving hand tame birds.
We have set up this website/forum for all other like minded owners and people who love AfricanGreys or are thinking about getting one as a pet and want to be there to offer advice , support and friendship and share photo's storys and moans about whatever you want to...

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2009, 03:35:16 AM »

aww that sweet i got intoparrot because when i was younger i wanted to  be a pirate no lies lol and i have every other type of animal so why not a parrot darling is now 6 and is crazy likes to dance talk and sing my fav bit is when they make up little tunes all by them selfs aww so sweet  :flowers:
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2009, 11:12:07 AM »

I got mine when i dumped my boyfriend for a bit of company, unfortunately i knew nothing about parrots and the one i ended up with is a wild ringneck,( he was a victim of a parrot scam  :baseballbat: :baseballbat:) He is still wild but gradually coming round, its too late to release him again. I wanted to get an african grey so got Bella last June, she is brilliant i cant remember what life was like before her! So now i have 2 parrots competing to make the most noise! plus the boyfriend came back.

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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009, 12:10:48 AM »

I got dragged into the world of parrots when I met Paula and Reggie, he hated me at first ... now I'm the only one that can really handle him lol  :cheekywink:
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2009, 06:09:37 PM »

I was lucky enough to marry someone whose lifelong ambition had been to own a grey the same as me (didn't know that when we got together though lol)

We have our own grey she is gorgeous sings talks mimicks tells the kids off tells the dogs to shut up etc etc etc.

We are hoping to start breeding greys ourselves very soon.
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2009, 11:51:28 AM »

I've always been animal mad and had dogs and cats when i was young. When i left school i attended a two year course in Small animal care and have worked in pet shops, grooming parlours and animal rescue centres.Although i'm a nurse now my animal love stay's at home as i have my mini zoo here.
I think my love of parrots comes from my uncle owning a timneh grey called Clovis as i was a youngster. Clovis is still alive now and has a very shocking vocabilary but is a lovely bird :)
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2009, 02:09:36 PM »

I'm animal daft too, horses, dogs and initially a budgie, my son always wanted an african grey, but I knew they were demanding birds and fussy friends lol and either love you or hate you!

Following a relationship break up and feeling lonely I bought Tiego at 12 weeks old from a friend who had a parrot shop, so I knew I was receiving a good quality hand reared parrot.

I work from home so Tiego is rarely alone, he is a spoilt bird in that he has everything imaginable for his well being.

He absolutely loves his coffee bean Java tree which is like a fisher price activity centre lol

Luckily he is very well socialised and friendly with just about everyone, he has his moments with me where the oven glove comes in handy when he is feeling like he fancies a taste of my flesh lol.

I've always been a bit house proud but I'm sure my neighbours now think I have a hoover fetish haha, it's amazing the ammount of mess created from one parrot.

Tiego loves to come on his travels with me in his back pack and keeps people well entertained with his lingo.

As we are from Newcastle he is a geordie parrot lol  - one of his phrases is "are you alright? - wey aye I'm smashing'

I love him to bits and it's great being able to have a conversation with him, hopefully if he lives as long as he should do he will be my sons pride and joy one day  :cheekywink:
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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2009, 06:59:34 AM »

Great story you have there Tiego ... if you hoover as much as Paula does then yes you DO have a hoover fetish lol
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2009, 05:21:08 PM »

an african grey with a geordie accent...love it...wonder if mine will sound aussie? Gday mate
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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2009, 05:24:18 PM »

Oh yes...the topic...I have always been animal mad...my Dad used to breed budgies..when I left home I bought myself a hand raised rainbow lorrikeet..then a ringneck...then an alexandrine...then a galah,,,then a sunconure  oh my god...will it ever stop
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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2009, 08:51:44 AM »

Nope Shazzmac it never stops...I have a feeling I've met you before on another forum? if not just ignore me  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2009, 05:58:42 PM »

my oh had wanted a grey for years, but we just couldn't afford one.

Then this chrismas, i was in out local pet shop, and just fell in love with this little grey.  he was 16 weeks old, and would step up quite nicely.

so, off home i went, and told my oh that he WOULD have a grey for his xmas pressie.  Bless my mom, she paid half towards him, but was a very expensive pressie.

Jazz is fantastic, and wouldn't be without him.

Since having him, i got involved with a bird charity, and have fostered budgies, red fronted conures, patagonian conures and a senegal, but my heart will always belong to jazz..

He whistles the adams family theme tune, says hello there, what you doing, alright, hello son, whistles and shouts alfie (my dog), shouts shut up, and jazz no, give us a kiss, then makes the kissing noise, and hes only 12 months old, so i know i;m in for some fab times with him in the future.

even though i bought him for mark, my oh, hes my baby really  :whistle:
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« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2009, 05:44:21 PM »

i always wanted a parrot so when the kids grew and left home i asked hubby could i have one the answer was no but 14 parrots down the line he loves them as much as me :whip:
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« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2009, 05:56:01 PM »

14 omg u must b busy lol
i grew up with greys and other parrots my step nan had a grey called zach and also bred greys and cockatoos and im sure she rescued others as well im not sure on that though anyways i always new id end up with a grey as love their little characters and have seen them from egg to handfeeding them myself to going off to their homes and then of course there was still zach
anyways my mum and step dad split up and they dont see each other anymore so my hopes of gettin g 1 from my step nan went out the window but i would see them in pet shops and wish i could take them home
and then 1 day i worked with a girl whos mum handrears them so told her i would have 1 and then the wait began.................. but omg is she worth it my little lacey mae is totally my baby (doesnt like hubby much) and wouldnt b without her  and only had her couple of months
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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2009, 12:07:43 PM »

I never knew you were brought up with them Sara, how lovely, what a shame you dot keep in contact with your step nan?
I was brought up in West Africa so i remember them sort of being everywhere really, we had, what i assume was a wild caught one called Paddy, he was lovely tho, i never remember being bitten by him either  :biggrin:
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« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2009, 12:22:59 AM »

yeah love em always new id have 1
wen i went 2 see lacey she was only a week old n the woman says wat do u think of her n im like wll she looks like a week old parrot  :crazy: :crazy: not sure wat she wanted me 2 say maybe she thought id think it was ugly or something n freak out but id told her b4 taht id grown up with em so to me she looked exactly as id expected her 2
i no it is  a shame i dont see my step nan any more its complicated
zach wasnt very tame in the cage but apparently was ok out of cage but i dont remeber ever holding him just remeber all the babies and eggs etc i would love 2 do that in few years but need bigger house lol
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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2009, 09:37:04 PM »

I was very interested to read how you all came to be into parrots. I never though I could get so attached to a bird! We have had Billy for 6 weeks now, and he has become so much more tame since we've had him. My hubby has always wanted a parrot, and I met up an old school friend who has one, and got interested in them. Then the hotel we stayed at had one in their foyer, and I was hooked! ( I don't think that parrot could have been let out of his cage much though) But  anyway. I started looking on the internet , and found Billy on there, so I bought him the next day, along with  the book, "Parrots for Dummies" and have never looked back. It's the best money I have ever spent. I wouldn't want to be without Billy now.He's great company, and I get so much pleasure from him; and this forum has been so much help. I just need to learn how to put photo's on now! Have a good weekend everyone!  :bye:
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« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2009, 01:37:18 AM »

My mate thought i was mad the way i went on about my parrots til she finally gave in and let her boyfriend have one, shes now as nutty as me especially as Shadow doesnt like her boyfriend but is besotted with Nat and shes besotted with him too!  :rofl:

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« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2009, 06:12:50 AM »

Having a parrot was always in the back of my mind but I was always so busy, 30 horses and ponies,four dogs and a son. My son left home, I slowed down with the horses (I used to compete two or three times a week) and my lurcher died who was my shadow and the love of my life, so last January my hubby took me just have alook.....we came home alot poorer but with woo, she is my baby and I spend as much time as I can with her (which is quiet alot) I drive  everyone  mad cause I Love her soooo much. Thanks to everyone on here I think I have improved her care, diet etc I have learned so much from you all and I think she is a happy little birdie who chats away and seems to love everyone. I just love it when she says love you mummy and kiss.It's just lovely that so many people care so much about their birds. She is one of the best things to come into my life and maybe one day I will get a friend for her     :biggrin:
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« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2009, 12:02:48 AM »

I mislaid my passport!

As a result I ended up having to book onto another flight and when getting onto the plane, I picked up a newspaper with an article about the NPS and it’s African Greys. Anita had talked about getting a Cockatiel for a while, but when I read about those Greys I called her up as soon as I got to the hotel and said we would have a Grey. I got back home around midnight on the Thursday night and Anita had me on the internet until 2am looking for a breeder. By Saturday lunchtime we were heading back down the M6 from Manchester with Danny Boy and a cage!

We did what every experienced owner says not to – buy on impulse – but since we hadn’t done any research we didn’t know that. I guess if we had, we probably would have been out off from buying him, so I’m glad we didn’t as he has been so fantastic to look after.

Sadly I’m only too aware that there are far more impulse buys that do not work out than do. Whilst it has worked out fine for us, I would always recommend, even beg anyone else thinking of getting one to thoroughly research them and ask themselves honestly whether they are prepared to give the level of commitment that is required for so many years. 

But if I had got on the earlier plane, I probably would never have read that paper and we would never have had Danny Boy. Life – it’s a funny thing.
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