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Old 08-03-2011, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am an animal nut, and in addition to my love of GSDs, I also share my life with Louie the African Grey Parrot. I raised him from an egg and he is 17 years old. (I have been an aviculturist for 39 years, and bred my first pair of parrots in 1971, and first African Greys in 1985) Louie should easily live into his sixties and beyond.



Any other parrot owners out there?? Parakeets & cockatiels are a parrot species...so give us the bird!
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Love parrots.. I use to have African Greys.. but they went with my ex when we separated..

I now have a Quacker Parrot.. that keeps the dogs in place.



African Grey, that is now with ex

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Dante guarding the birds...

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Old 08-03-2011, 11:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i use to have a salmon crested Moloccan Cockatoo.
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i love birds looks like a very healthy african gray parroit
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Very good looking birds! The African Grey is very attractive.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Here is the bird x's 5~ A handful!! I worked in an exotic bird breeding retail facility for about 6 years and was addicted to parrots(til I had kids) They specialized in Quakers...they are difficult to breed in captivity because the are community type nesters...huge nests with holes for different families in the wild, hard to please them when breeding in captivity, but we had several clutches and they are great pets, though a bit loud, they love to hear themselves talk and squawk!

African Grey Magnum will be 23 in October, raised him from the day his eyes opened. My mom has his clutchmate Myrnie.
I also bred Moluccan's, Amazons, lovebirds, parrotlets and budgies. Talk about responsibilty for the life of an animal as a breeder, I have no idea what will happen when my birds all outlive me.
My flock is down to 5~ Magnum, a senegal named squeakers, an English budgie Enzo who is the sweetest thing ever!, American budgie Roxie and an American cinnamon lovebird Cinco.

20 yr old male Squeakers(handfed from hatching):

Magnum:

Magnum knows so many words and different tones of voice it is scary. He always asks the dog if they wanna go out(in a northern UP Michigan type accent/I do not speak that way!)

Cinco(my daughter bought her on May 5th a couple yrs ago):


The budgies(Roxy is not tame):

Enzo:
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Wow! I am in awe of the "bird people". Such beautiful birds and such commitment. Jane, do you even have time to breathe? Lynn, Dante is so good. Thanks everybody for posting such great pictures.

W. Oliver, Louie is GORGEOUS! Don't you have a pond store, or something like that too? If so, boy could I use your help.

I have only had small birds - canaries and finches growing up. My budgie died in 2010. I had her for 5 years. No idea how old she was. I found her flying around the neighborhood. She used to come to my bird feeder. I caught her. (For better or worse.) She was a nasty little bird. She would bite and fuss. She refused to leave her cage. I think it was a security thing with her. She was a bird with issues. I am the only one who cried when she died.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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W. Oliver, Louie is GORGEOUS! Don't you have a pond store, or something like that too? If so, boy could I use your help.
Thank you, I am very proud of Louie until he starts cussing....picked that up from my wife & kids don't ya know. I should try to get a family appropriate video of him running-off at the mouth.

Yes, I am a retired auto industry man who is now a proud pond & aquarium guy. I'd be happy to help if I can, please PM me with your questions, and I'll do my best.
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This thread needs a nice photo of, oh, I don't know, lets say......a Blue Fronted Amazon. Anyone?
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