Alcippe (alcippe) wrote,
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My baby parrot

My new buddy came home with me yesterday. I had to drive 2 hours out of the city to get him – the breeder was recommended to me by a woman who used to breed parrots here in the city but no longer does.

The little guy is 4.5 months old. Here he is when I first got him home:

He's good about perching on my hand, and loves it when I scratch the back of his neck. I heard him say "hello" when he was at the breeder's, but he's been practically mute since arriving at his new home. I'm sure this will change as he becomes more comfortable in his new surroundings...

It doesn't have a name yet, and to be honest I don't really even know if it's a boy or a girl. I had the woman take a blood sample to send off for analysis, and she told me I'll get the results by mail in two weeks. (It would be weird if humans required DNA testing to determine if we were male or female)

W gave me one of his extra cages, and has given me tons of advice and information about how to care for an African Grey and have it live safely with me amongst all my paintings and paint cans ("If it eats paint, you just use your electric toothbrush on it. The bird will never eat paint again after that").

It goes in it's cage to eat, but other than that it likes to sit on top of it (as pictured), or on a giant rope-toy-thing that I got for it. I bought a LOT of toys for the little guy; I put some up in and around the cage, and the rest I'll introduce as it chews up and destroys the ones it's got. I'm so happy to have my little baby bird :)



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