Intelligent and Talkative
African Greys have to be one of my favorite breed of birds. They may lack in the colorful department but they sure make it up with their vocabulary and intelligence. They say an African Grey has the mind span of a 5 year old child and you may agree this to be truth once you own one of these smart creatures.
Many years ago I had an African Grey that my husband bought for me. We both took turns handfeeding this little dude on our lunch breaks and wee odd hours of the day until he was full grown. I vowed to keep him forever – it was a serious commitment that I knew I was making. Eventually.. life changed, plans changed, 2 kids later and I realize that my poor boy wasn’t getting the attention that he so deserved. He was my baby for the longest time and with a 2 year old and an infant baby, I found myself spending less and less time with my Grey. It broke my heart to rehome him. I spent a lot of time interviewing people, even went out of my way to inspect their homes. I finally found him a wonderful home and wished him the best. 10 years later it is the one thing that I regret doing to this day. If I could have made a different choice I would have kept him and worked through it. It was a difficult decision to make which is why here I am today.
I made the decision to adopt two African Greys who were in need of a good home — Mr Elliot and Mrs Mandy. They were already bonded and working the nest before I got them. They aren’t hand friendly anymore and struggle with trusting people 100%, but that’s ok. My goal is to give them a good home that they can be happy in and maybe someday they will trust me enough to handle them often — baby steps — I say. In the mean time I feed them well and give them lots of attention and love – from the other side of the cage of course. I’ve gotten bit a few times already — lol. But nothing I can’t handle.
Please know that I am in no way trying to make a living on these birds. They are my pets first and foremost. If they the breed then wonderful; but I will not put that pressure on them. In the meantime – check back often for updates. Here are a few pictures of them both.