Hello, I am Mandy and this is my first visit here. I am hoping that you can help me, as I am having problems finding African Greys for sale. I am looking for hand- reared babies, so they are tame. My problem is that I have looked at hundreds of ads, but I am very suspicious of the sellers because many have the same phone number, but are from towns and cities all over the country and are asking for large deposits. How can I be sure the seller is not involved in a scam? Thanks.
Hello and welcome to the forum. I don't think they should be asking for large upfront deposits. Bear in mind also that since African Greys were upgraded from CITES Annex B to Annex A earlier this year they can't be sold without a licence, which the seller has to obtain.
Somewhere in another universe, dear brother, you got saved.
Buying a baby is a random thing. You don't know each other. African Greys can live to 80 years. Why not check out your local rescues? I don't know why you've decided on a Grey, they aren't the easiest guests! But at a rescue you can learn about the different species, and get to know some individuals. Parrots are so intelligent, and they DEFINITELY have their preferences in humans. Maybe if you invest enough time, and you should, as a parrot is a lifetime commitment, you will find out which bird loves YOU the most. Then your life with your feathered companion will be much happier than just randomly selecting, hoping for the best! Do your research--this is not an easy decision, and one you will have to live with for a long time.
She wasn't what you'd call refined; she wasn't what you'd call unrefined. She was the type of person who keeps a parrot--Mark Twain