“African Grey for Sale”, a common enough advertisement but what lies behind it? Has the parrot, or its parents, been caught illegally and smuggled out of Africa? Or is it all above board and the advertiser a genuine breeder. african grey for sale  It is often difficult to tell. The pet trade in exotic creatures has its fair share of shysters, charlatans and downright hucksters masquerading as genuine members of the pet trade concerned with conservation and the environment.

If you want to buy a baby african grey make sure you know enough to pick a bird that is healthy and has good prospects of being the pet you are looking for. Buying an african grey, like buying any other reasonably large parrot, is an expensive proposition unless of course you are fortunate to be given a bird for free. And, as with any other expensive purchase take your time to make sure you are buying exactly what you want in the condition that you want it. Mistakes can be costly to rectify.

Buy only from a reputable parrot breeder. A breeder who has been in business for sometime with a track record for producing sound and healthy birds. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You want a parrot that comes from a recognised and reputable source. If you are buying from a pet shop ask for the breeders details.

Have a good look at the bird. African grey babies should look plumpish and fluffy, not thin or skinny. Their eyes should be watchful, black and round. There should be no discharge around the nostrils and the beak should fit together well with no deformities. No faeces should be crusted around the vent and droppings should be watery and loose. Feathers should be uniformly shaped and look in good condition.

Before going home with you, your baby african grey should be fully weaned but it is a good idea to continue giving your baby porridge as this can be a very effective way of giving medicine.

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