First time posting on this site and also first time owning an african grey.
I got my 5 month old little lad two days ago, he is DNA sexed so we know he is a little boy. I'm in love with him and he is such a character already. He steps up and down and always wants to be out of his cage when we are home, which is fine with me!
My question is about the time we aren't home, i have done a lot of research but found the generic sites to be not much help. My partner works monday-friday 7-5 and im a shift worker which means our grey will be alone from 7-5pm on average 2 days per week.
Anybody I have spoken with told me not to buy a grey because of their plucking and this has worried me because i don't want our grey to pluck. Any advice about how to keep him entertained when i am not at home with him would be a great help!
We are in the process of placing him onto a pellet and fruit/veg diet. He loves strawberries and enjoys throwing other fruit around his cage!
I have looked at foraging toys for him but concerned he will have no interest, he does not go to the bottom of his cage (We removed the bars to stop his legs getting stuck). I am over the moon to have this little lad and want him to have the best life he possibly can!
Again, any advice from experienced owners will be greatly appreciated!
Hello and welcome to the forum. Congratulations on your new baby Grey.
If he is going to be alone for part of the time you could leave the radio or TV on and also provide plenty of toys. He might be frightened of toys to start with so you will have to introduce them slowly. He will also probably have preferences regarding toys, Monty likes bells and toys that make a noise, he likes toys with rope and leather in them and he isn't very destructive. Mitzi mainly likes toys she can destroy such as cardboard tubes and paper till rolls. Most Greys do enjoy simply chewing up cardboard and paper. Always tell him what you are doing, where you are going, and that you will see him when you get back. He will get to understand what you say to him. It will be important to have a routine about going to bed and getting up because they do need a good night's sleep.
Some Greys do pluck but most don't, so it isn't inevitable that he will.
They can tend to have favourite people and usually treat everyone in a different way. This isn't related to the person they see most or the person who feeds them the most.
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