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Rehoming my Jimbo
« on: October 27, 2016, 05:03:01 PM »

HI everyone, new member here. Good wishes to you and all your parrots.

I acquired Jimbo, a male who is now seven and a half years old, from an elderly neighbour who can no longer look after him.

I have never owned a pet, of any description, before. To tell you the truth, I really am against the whole idea of keeping birds in cages.

I really want Jimbo to have a good life. I would like to find somebody who owns a large aviary, containing several other African greys, where he can fly freely and associate with others of his own species. I also want to be able to visit him there as and when I want to, and so I want it to be in my region, the NE of England.

Am I asking too much?
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Re: Rehoming my Jimbo
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2016, 07:58:34 PM »

Hi and welcome
There's not many homes like you are hoping for
Most of us keep our greys indoors and interact with them
Maybe ask at some local sanctuaries ? Xx


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Re: Rehoming my Jimbo
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2016, 09:24:20 PM »

Can you set up an aviary for him? Then your neighbour could also see that he is ok, your neighbour entrusted him to you, is he/she ok with you rehoming him so soon?

If all he has known is an indoor life with humans, you're not really doing him any favours :(
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Re: Rehoming my Jimbo
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2016, 05:51:40 PM »

Can you set up an aviary for him? Then your neighbour could also see that he is ok, your neighbour entrusted him to you, is he/she ok with you rehoming him so soon?

If all he has known is an indoor life with humans, you're not really doing him any favours :(
jules, the neighbour I got him from doesn't seem particularly interested actually.

I quite like the idea of an aviary that adjoins the house, against one of my windows, where I could let him into the house by opening the window, if he wanted to come in. That doesn't solve the problem of the fact that he will not have others of his species around him.

You say I won't be doing him any favours, but I think giving him a place to fly around is good for him. If he meets other greys, will he not be able to form relationships with them? He is still only 7 years old.
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Re: Rehoming my Jimbo
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2016, 06:08:59 PM »

Mikey your grey may never get along with another bird
It's always a risk
Many parrots live alone in many homes
Yes they are a flock species but bein hand reared he will look at you has his flock xx


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Re: Rehoming my Jimbo
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2016, 10:20:58 AM »

Thanks for the reply Mandi. He has been through a few "flocks" now, and I am just the latest one, so perhaps if he could live with other birds, he would be in their flock then?
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Re: Rehoming my Jimbo
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2016, 10:29:48 AM »

The poor bird :( keeping being rehomed is so awful for them, all they want is a bond with someone, is there no way you can keep him & give him some stability?
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Re: Rehoming my Jimbo
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2016, 04:34:00 PM »

The poor bird :( keeping being rehomed is so awful for them, all they want is a bond with someone, is there no way you can keep him & give him some stability?

This is one reason why I hate the whole idea of birds being kept in cages! :nono: The old woman who first got him won't want him back.

I might go with the idea of making an aviary for him, adjoining the house so he can come in through the back window. I am willing to accept any advice. How much do you think it would cost to buy the bits. I might be able to make it myself. I want it to be big enough for him to fly in, at least 4 yards long and about 3 wide, about 10 feet high should be enough.
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Rehoming my Jimbo
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2016, 05:04:39 PM »

I think what people forget is that these birds weren't wild & then put in a cage, they are born to it, but I completely understand what you mean & in an ideal world we wouldn't have birds as 'pets'.

However we do, and we can give them a great life. When I am home my flock are always out of their cages & free in the living room. I do work 5 full days a week, as many of us do, so through the week their time out is shortened to about 4 & half to 5 hours a day.
Birds in the wild are not active much more than that, so our birds aren't really suffering.
If you could do a similar amount of time then yours would be the best home, and what you describe sounds ideal.
I'm sure someone can advise on costs :)
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Re: Rehoming my Jimbo
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2016, 02:02:45 AM »

Mikey I honestly admire you just getting to this point takes years for quite a few bird owners. I can't really think of a better mindset to provide for the little fella. Already you're looking at what's best for him. Honestly I think with time and patience you could build a fantastic relationship. One where you do share his world and him yours.

As has been said they are pets and they really don't have any trouble falling into the social squabbles joining our flock. Exercise can be gained a multitude of ways. All we can do is to allow them to be as natural as possible. They soon settle into a routine and even find security in it. As long as we look after there welfare, health, provide security and comfort etc... How this is achieved, is done many different ways. No real right way or the wrong way.

As for aviary think avifab a lot use. Not really sure think someone had one built recently.

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Re: Rehoming my Jimbo
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2016, 09:42:20 PM »

Hi Mikey, sorry I never posted back. Hope you're coming around to the idea of an aviary for Jimbo, he will definately have the best of both worlds, as he will still need human interaction being around people for so long. Many birds in sanctuaries were once pet birds and it would be hard on him to adjust. People do make the mistake of thinking they're doing the right thing, to the detriment of a birds well being, even house dwelling birds often will only tolerate each other, some form a close bond others and some will fight and squabble. Stick with this forum and give Jimbo a chance please? :)
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