I have done tons of research on that topic... some people say that you should never have a Grey in an apartment (as they are too loud) some others say that this is absolutely fine unless the walls are very thin. But, can the people that have tried having a Grey in a house, answer me the following questions: Question 1: what is their experience of having a Grey in an apartment - are neighbors complaining? will the parrots scream in the middle of the night? Are there tricks to make them stop screaming in case they do when its night time? Question 2: Also, if they are left alone (e.g., once the owners are at work) are the Greys more vulnerable to be loud?
My dream since the last decade has been to get a Grey. Now, I live in an apartment in SF, CA with my partner. and I want to make this dream reality... but I want to hear poeple that tried this - what was their experience of having Grey inside an apartment?
PS: My apartment walls are normal and the complex has only four apartment that are relatively far to each other.
Welcome, I live in a large manufactured home, 1700 sq feet in an over 55 community for the past 3 years.Before this I lived in a house with alot of property so that is not helpful. I have an African Grey who is pretty quiet, and a Quaker parrot that can be very loud at times. No one has ever complained. As for screaming at night, no ,once I cover the cages for the night and I turn off the television and go to bed they are quiet until I get them up in the morning. I also work full time, and leave music or the television on for them while I am gone for company. They have many toys to occupy their day while I am gone. Good luck in your decision, they are definitly for life companions.
A lot of variables, how thick are the walls, how loud is the parrot and at what time is he/she the loudest. I once had a Mealy Amazon who had ear splitting jungle sounds. But the walls were thick in the apartment(1920's built apartment in San Francisco)No one ever complained. My grey makes some loud noises when I leave, but stops after a few minutes once she knows I am gone. Neighbors never complain.
Most birds are quiet after dark and the lights are off or they are covered. In my limited experience, greys are not nearly as loud as Amazons or Cockatoos, etc. I once was interested in buying a Hyacinth Macaw, but when I could hear him from 2 blocks away from the parrot shop in DF Mexico, decided it would be difficult.
I would be more concerned about the bird being alone most of the day, some can deal with it fine, others may act out.
I lived in an apartment for 10 years with my greys. The neighbors could definitely hear them, but only once did someone complain. And then I invited them over to see my two greys and they never complained again. In general, everyone has always loved the noises they make and said it makes them feel like they're in the jungle.
They never make noise at night. I don't think that is very common with african greys and have never heard of it happening. Their instinct is to be quiet during the night so as not to draw predators. At one point, I didn't have blinds and it got light really early, so they woke up with the sunrise. So then I moved them into sleeping cages in the closet with an air filter. Then they stayed quiet till I got them out in the morning. As long as I have blinds though, they've always been quiet until they hear me get up in the morning. Then they start calling for me to uncover their cage and let them out.
Ruby is most loud in the morning when the sun comes up. I don't cover her cage at night and keep her near a window. She launches into some pretty loud whistling. Not screeching or anything obnoxious, just 'pretty girl' whistles and the like. If the noise was a problem I'm sure I could mitigate it, but I've found waking to the sound of my parrot the most enjoyable way to wake in the morning. I live in a townhouse so the walls are pretty thick and I'm at the end so really only have one neighbor who might hear anything. Never had a complaint. Better than any alarm clock I've ever owned!
Ruby is really only talkative and loud when people are around so during the day if no one is home she's quiet. I base this "evidence" on a web cam I have. As someone mentioned, the biggest concern is leaving an AG alone too much. That can lead to problems unrelated to noise. (Plucking being a possibility that is not a great situation.)
The only "problem" I've ever had with the noise is when the weather cools off and I let Ruby sit by the opened front window. She likes to make the 'pretty girl' whistle when folks walk by. If they aren't used to it it's a little embarrassing haha!