Ruby the African Grey Parrot

by Dennis Neymit
(California)

Ruby on her new play stand while eating a peanut.

Ruby on her new play stand while eating a peanut.

Hi, my name is Dennis, I am 14 years old and am currently the proud owner of Ruby the African Grey Parrot. I decided to name her Ruby because a ruby is a red gemstone and Ruby has a beautiful red tail.

She was hatched on January 28, 2009. I brought her home on July 3, 2009. She is still wary of my family and me, but she is already starting to warm up to us. She is very vocal and makes many nice sounding vocalizations. She is a great climber and climbs all over her cage and vocalizes while doing so.

She will go to everyone that tells her to "step-up" but she will not let many people pet her unless she already knows the person. She will occasionally let people pet her head. She loves playing with a wooden toy that hangs in her cage. She spends a lot of time trying to dismantle the toy.

There is also another parrot in the household, a lovebird named Lucy who is my brother's bird. Ruby and Lucy very frequently vocalize to each other and Ruby tries to mimic Lucy calls. Their "conversations" are very enjoyable to listen to. Ruby is a wonderful parrot and I hope she will continue living with my family and me for many years to come.

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Bella - African Grey

by Bobbie
(Jemison, Al)

Congo African Grey, Bella

Congo African Grey, Bella

Bella is a 6 year old Congo African Grey. She came to me as a birthday gift when she was 4 months old.

This is a true story about how smart birds can be.
I had two Cockatiels that had been given to me and I believe they had been here maybe 6 months. My Grandchildren wanted Diamond and Holly (Cockatiels)so I let them take them home that day.

After they left I asked Bella to step up as I wanted her to get on a play gym. She bit me but not very hard. I waited awhile until she was in a better mood to ask her to step up again. This time she really bit me hard! I was so shocked because that was very unusual for her to bite.

I called a friend that had several birds and told him about it. He said I know this sounds crazy but it will work. He told me to go to Bella and tell her that I loved her and I would never ever give her away and that Holly and Diamond were going to a new home where there are children and they are very happy.

I walked up to her cage where we were eye to eye and I told her all that and how much I really loved her. She looked at me so sweet and that has been almost a year ago and she hasn't bit me since. She really thought I was going to give her away and she didn't want to go.







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Smokey the African grey his story started off tough

by Lewis
(Brooklyn,N.Y.,USA)

African Grey Parrot - Smokey

African Grey Parrot - Smokey

Well here is Smokey story. He was bought by a friend of mine who wanted a parrot just to have a parrot like someone who buys furniture that was his interest because he looks good with his furniture. So Smokey had a hard child hood.

Then my friend buys a 50 inch TV so there is no more room for Smokey so he puts him in a bedroom like garbage and leaves him in solitary confinement with no human contact. Finally one day I get a call from Eddie asking me if I want the Bird. I say yes right away.

I rent a truck to pick up his cage and Smokey. When I get there he is in a cage with no food just water and is not happy. Now I never met Smokey before. I open the door and to my surprise he steps up like somebody is liberating from a bad place. We take Smokey home bring him to the vet get him all checked. We leave him in the cage a few days to get used to his new home.

Well let me tell you after one day he was like a new bird so happy around everyone in the house. He started eating pellets right away something he was not getting his old owner gave him fast food to eat like McDonalds. Well now Smokey eats eggs and all kinds of good food he just loves carrots.

Now Smokey has been with us for 2 years and is one of the most happiest African greys you can meet. He just loves being around people. He did bond with me but he loves my wife and kids just as much. He will also let anyone hold him which is unusual for African greys.

He is now so happy he is out of his cage from when I wake up till 9 PM every day. Since I am retired I am able to spend a lot of time with him which he just loves . The moment I wake up he starts saying I love give me carrot. He just the best bird in the world at least to us.
I hope you enjoyed our Smokey story
Lewis

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My wonderful birds!

by Sasha

I am owned by and African Grey and a Sun Conure, their names are Fredo and Loki, the grey is 3 and the sun is 4, Fredo is a one person bird but thats just b/c most people don't understand him he wants attention from everyone he just plays a little rough sometimes, and loki well he's my screamer but he is such a loving baby, once he likes you its hard to keep him off your shoulder, most people think he just screams b/c he can but there is always a reason behind his noises lol...

my birds make my days interesting people always are amazed by them and im lucky enough to be able to take them to work with me from time to time, they just love that, b/c going bye bye means a whole day with mom!

I just wish people would research the birds before they buy them, maybe even find someone who owns one and get to know their birds and decide if they would be able to handle the noise and messes, along with the talking and cuddling. Birds are wonderful pets but the aren't a pet for everyone its kinda like having kids, more responsibility than a dog or a cat.

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Apollon

by Nikias Chatzidakis
(Athens, Greece)

Apollon the African Grey parrot

Apollon the African Grey parrot

Apollon is the name of our African Grey Parrot.
He is two years old and the only pet in the house.
He started talking quite early at a age of one year old with simple words, now he responds to his name and he is talking in phrases in our surprise sometimes.
He makes all the noises he can hear around our neighbour and mostly all of the common noises of our busy house.
He is very close to our mother, actually he became a single person bird, but all of us we love him.

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Beginners beginning
( An African Grey story)

by Michelle
(Pennsylvania)

Pongo  posing for the camera

Pongo posing for the camera

A beginners beginning is what I will start this out as. Our Family is considered as a beginner with a baby African Grey Congo. Pongo was hatched on March 12,2007. On July 21st We drove well over 200 miles to get our new family member. The breeder we dealt with was very nice and always helpful and still is to this day.

Pongo is a 2 person bird as of right now. But he is a tad bit more attached to me then he is to his daddy.

As for cuddling we are still trying to trust one another. Which will take time. Pongo is not a very loud bird until you start to run the vacuum cleaner, then he makes all kinds of noises and tries to get louder. When I am about to get ready to vacuum I will say, "Are you ready for the Jet engine?" and he will do his sexy whistle. Then we are off to all kinds of whistles and noises.

Pongo will not go to other people yet other than mom and dad. So the kids play with him when he is on his play stand. Or out walking around on the floor. You have to watch your toes around Pongo. I think he thinks they are mini snacks.

Living with Pongo is a learning experience for all of us and Pongo himself. We Love to just sit and watch and Listen to him. He allows me to give him kisses on his head. I will say, "Can mom have kisses?" and he will put his head down to let me kiss him. When we say "Love" he will let you pet down his back a couple of times and then he lets you know when he has had enough. We have his expressions down packed so we know when he has had enough of love and kisses. Every weekend he has eggs with his human sister but after awhile he seems to take over her plate.

Pongo gets a bath almost everyday. He gets in the sink and lets us spray him with the sink hose. Once he is done he will give his sexy whistle again and we say "Pongo's sexy" then he will flap his wings and fluff his feathers.







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African Grey - Mama Got A Ticket

by Jill
(North Carolina)

Oliver Playing

Oliver Playing

I went to Dallas for a couple of days on business. Left on a Wednesday afternoon and got back on Friday afternoon.

I was on my computer Friday nite, checking email, etc., Jim was across the table from me on his computer and Oliver was on his play gym just talking, chatting away.

Now, even though Jim does most of the "talk teaching", I'm usually the one that notices and hears when he first says something new.

So... I'm sitting there, at my computer, and Oliver says "Mama got a tick". He says this several times and it dawns on me... hey, that's something new. I scrunch up my face, look at Jim and say to him, "Oliver's saying, Mama's got a tick. Tick? Tick? What's that?? What's tick??"

Jim gets this big grin on his face, turns toward Oliver and says to Oliver, "Oliver, tell Mama what she got in the mail while she was gone. Mama got a ticket. Mama's in biiiig trouble."

Of course, I knew exactly what it was then. "Oh, man. I knew that was coming." I had gotten one of those red-light camera tickets.. you know, with the picture of your car. What a scam!!! Came in the mail while I was gone.

By the end of the night, Oliver had added on the "et" to "tick" and was saying the whole thing.

Jim had wanted Oliver to tell me I got the ticket!!!!!! and he did.

Oliver just saved my butt. Not only did Jim not yell at me for getting it but he PAID the ticket! Got out of that one.








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Living With Two African Greys

by Maria-Evelien
(the Netherlands)

Kroets and his rescued companion

Kroets and his rescued companion

I have always wanted to have a parrot...but with two lively boys and a daughter, I had more than enough on my hands already.

Now that the kids have grown up and left home, I finally made this wish come true. We bought 'Kroets' from a responsible breeder, who allows his birds to nest and breed 'the natural way'.

Kroets is a sturdy bird and an excellent talker. He is fond of my husband. As for me, he just accepts me, sits on my hand, but doesn't want to be cuddled by me.

After a year or so, we thought it a good idea to have a second bird, as a companion for Kroets.
We got our second bird from a rather strange family. They had 2 birds, but wanted to get rid of the smaller one.

When we went to their house to see this animal, it soon became clear to us that they were mistreating these birds, locking them in a cage that was too small, shouting at them and even beating them ...Both birds were looking nervous and their feathers were a mess...

The bird they wanted to sell, immediately sat on my hand and was completely at ease...so I bought it although I knew that it would be hard to change it into a happy and healthy bird...

After a short time of adjusting, both birds accepted each other. The smaller bird has recovered and his feathers look well. He always wants to be cuddled and talked to...by me that is! He is still terrified of other people, including my husband..I guess that this is a remainder of his former 'home'.

I am so happy having given in to this long-time wish of mine...it is great to have these 2 wonderful birds. I don't mind the mess they make (believe me, they do make a mess...). They brighten up my day!







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Ollie the Grey

by Courtney
(England, UK)

Congo African Grey in the UK

Congo African Grey in the UK

My family purchased our Congo African Grey parrot (Ollie) in August 2007, we were fully prepared (or so we thought) for our new arrival, but I don't think that anything can really prepare you for the impact a parrot can have on your entire life.

He settled in immediately, and loved his new cage which we designed before he arrived, and with a few small changes and learning as we went along, we were able to make him even more settled.

At the beginning he spent equal time with everyone, but has since become a one person bird, as he spends 90% of his time with me, although recently he has started to spend more time with other members of the household, watching them shave whilst perched on their shoulder etc.

He makes sure every single person in the house is awake by 8 o'clock (He refuses to stop calling out until he sees everyone) with his morning whistles and chirps, and has made our lives so much happier with his constant energy.

He is still shy around visitors to the house, even nippy if they try to go near him, but I am trying to train him to trust others, and it seems to be working slowly.

He loves shoulder-time and often cuddles into my neck for beak kisses and neck scratches. He often falls asleep on my hand or shoulder after a tiring day. He is very gentle but of course sometimes nippy, that is to be expected, and it takes a lot of time and patience on everybody's part to get used to his changing mood, which is rare but does happen.

He has a foot fetish and enjoys chasing after people's feet...he loves leather and t-shirts along with all his toys, although some make him screech when he appears to be getting annoyed at them and kicking them around. He loves to sing and hear others sing (no matter how badly).

He has started to talk with the odd hello, and is gradually becoming clearer. He is very noisy sometimes but always seems very happy and content.

His diet is varied, he seems to enjoy most food: seeds, nuts, fruit, vegetables, and the very occasional herbal tea without caffeine. I don't feed him meat or eggs and avoid all the foods to be avoided by parrots e.g. avocados, chocolate etc.

I've bought all the manuals and read through masses of internet articles but there's nothing like learning from him and his interactions with our world. There's no doubt that he is part of the family now, and I can't imagine life before or after him, he makes everyday a pleasure by just being himself, even when he is being temperamental.

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AG Window Watching

by Dawn McDonnell
(Hillsborough, NJ)

Birdie in the window

Birdie in the window

Chili is a 4 year old Congo African Grey. We adopted him when he was a year old. His previous owner hand fed him. He was given up to us because he "Talked TOO much!" Hello that's what Africans do.

Anyway he is the center of attention in our home and entertains us constantly with all the funny things he says and does. The amount of words and phrases he can say are too many to count. Chili calls our four dogs by name, knows everyone in the house by name and imitates their exact voices. He copies fire truck sirens, and all the tones that go through my husband’s scanner.

As I mentioned we have 4 dogs, but we also have, 2 rabbits, 2 chinchillas a Peach Fronted Conure "Baby" and a Senegal Parrot "Pippy". Chili is number one and very fascinated with all his friends. He loves to stalk doggy tails & toes he gives them a little chomp when they are sleeping under the table. Chili loves to hang out in our big front window on the back of a chair watching the outside birds. He calls to them and studies them.

His favorite games are hunting doggy toes and tails, peek-a-boo, where did Chili go, upside down birdie, and fireman (he slides down the metal dog gate like a fire pole then climbs back up and does it again

Daddy is Chili's favorite, then Mommy, Sarah our 8 year old, Dylan our 15 year old and Daniel our 19 year old. He only gives his girl's kisses though. Chili sings whistles and talks all day keeping Mommy company while the kids are at school and Daddy is at work. He helps me with the dogs calling them, and telling them to go outside, get down, no, and come here.

He loves to sit on top of the shower doors and watch someone take a shower, he climbs onto Daddy in the shower and has fun washing himself, then he likes Mommy to gently blow dry him or towel him off. He flies from room to room looking for Mommy or Daddy if we leave him on the shower door frame. Most the time he just strolls through the house following us from room to room. He climbs the stairs over the gate nothing gets in his way. He also loves to help Mommy fold laundry….well he thinks he helps anyway. I don’t think throwing my clean clothes on the floor helps me.

Most of all Chili loves it when Mommy feeds him oatmeal, or mashed potatoes, or rice off the spoon, anything soft like baby food. We still can't get him to eat his fresh fruits and vegetables though. They were never introduced to him when he was a baby. Slowly he is excepted new things. We love him very much and would never give him up.

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Smokey the African Grey

by Brooks
(Laughlin,Nv)

Smokey the African Grey

Smokey the African Grey

I had previously written a story about my conure, named Henry who passed away on Dec. 10,2006 due to a toy... I have now returned with a new African Grey born in April 2008,.. We named him Smokey..

It took a while getting over the loss of Henry, but the greiving period is over .. Smokey is turning out to be quite a little character .. He is already saying words at only 7 months old.. He can open his cage door and let himself out .. The biting phase seems to be over also.. I was worried about that but he is coming around..

We kept the same cage, same playpen, and a couple of the toys, and he is adapting quite well to it .. I am having a great time with him.. Please read my story about Henry, so nobody has to go through what I did .. Thank You ..




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Ceeky Charlie - African Grey

by aimee
(newcastle)


I have a african gray called charlie and hes lovely, He can say alot of things such as thank you and I love you. My parrot is very friendly to all of my family hes 1 and half years old and hes already saying alot of things.

African gray parrots are ideal pets and are very friendly.He also likes his head to be tickled and he likes a kiss now and then, he even says giss a kiss.

When my parrot gets hungy he starts to mmmm and says thank you alot so its easy to tell when he wants something, when it comes to bedtime charlie will start saying "charlie go night night" so we will know when he is tired so we put the cover over him and he dosent say a thing until we take the cover back of the cage in the morning. Hes very cute and when my mam walks out of the room he always tells her to come here.

He also says our names such as mine which is aimee and my brothers and my dog molly, He also copies the Mcdonals tune which is very funny!

If he does go to bite someone he will say "dont bite" because we have teached him not to so now hes very friendly to us.

just for those who have birds you might want to try this, cook some corn on the cob and leave it to cool for a bit, My charlie goes crazy and he loves it! He also likes green apples and grapes and we cant forget those peanuts!

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Richie the African Grey

by Veronica
(Richmond Texas)

Pretty bird at 10 weeks old

Pretty bird at 10 weeks old

I got Richie an African Congo 7 months ago when he was only 5 weeks old, he is a very smart bird who is learning every day. He can not talk very well yet, but he whistle and "talks' a lot , especialy in the mornings or late afternoon.

He prefers females and I believe I'm his favorite person in the house, he does not like my husband or both of my boys, he would be very upset if they get close to him or his cage, he even bite me once because my older son aproched us, I do not urdestand why, because when he was a "baby" he was handfeeding for all of us. Anyway we love him very much so the "boys" in the house just have to deal with it.

He loves to be cuddle, every night I take him into my daugthers bedroom for a nigth playtime and then a good night kisses.

We also have a quaker parrot, her name is Maria , she on the other hand prefers my younger boy, so we decide that Richie is the girl's parrot and Maria the boy's parrot.





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