advice on buying an african grey
(Rochester, Kent, UK)
Dear Expert, I would love to purchase an African Grey parrot but am concerned that I may not have enough knowledge to keep him/her happy and safe.
My sister owns 2 African greys so I can get alot of advice based on her expertise and experiece but I would appreciate a professional's insight and advice, particularly regarding the choice of an African Grey. I have been advised to buy a baby which I am happy to do but have been offered a 12mnth-old-bird for free as their owner cannot look after it. What would I be looking for in either case and what size cage?
What are their favourite toys, foods etc Do they like to be handled much in the early days or should they be left to settle ?
How is the best way to bond and how long should I take off work to allow the bird to get accustomed to its new home and me?
Is it ok to work full time and have a parrot, as I would worry it would get lonely during the day?
Also I have a large family and alot of friends who visit frequently and would like to know how to ensure the bird would feel safe and happy with frequent visitors and activity.
I appreciate your advice tips and sharing your knowledge.