After wanting one for years, I'm finally getting an African gray parrot.

What supplies do I need? I want to make him as happy as possible, so I want a good, big cage, and plenty of toys. (cost is secondary to his happiness)
What size cage is a good size? Where is a good place (hopefully online) to get a good cage? Where is a good place to get toys? Other supplies?

Are there any good websites for new bird owners?
My vet specializes in exotics, but I don't know if that includes birds, so a site with vet recommendations would be great. TIA!!
After wanting one for years, I'm finally getting an African gray parrot. What supplies do I need? I want to ... in exotics, but I don't know if that includes birds, so a site with vet recommendations would be great. TIA!!

It is probably best to look at cages in shops to get an idea of what they actually look like, then try to find similar online. Buy as big as you can. Before you consider getting a bird buy yourself some books. One on african greys of course, then some others to let you know what you are getting into.

'Guide to companion parrot behaviour'
'My parrot my friend'
'Guide to a well behaved parrot'
'Birds for dummies'
are the ones I recommend.
Find out all you can about diet as parrots canot exist on a pot of seeds daily. You need to look at sprouting, and which fruit and veg are best and offer a variety daily.
Choose your breeder carefully to ensure that the babies he rears are played with and exposed to normal household routines and noises and they they are given a good variety of food with plenty of fruit and veg so that the bird has good habits right from the start. Learn all you can about what is in your home which can harm the bird, like air fresheners, teflon, cigarette smoke etc. You need to do a good 6 weeks hard research IMO before you even start to look for a bird.
After wanting one for years, I'm finally getting an African gray parrot. What supplies do I need? I want to ... in exotics, but I don't know if that includes birds, so a site with vet recommendations would be great. TIA!!

Toys wise, mine likes bright colours, remember, they have the intelligence of a 3 year old. We get baby toys for ours, they are safe, colourful and a whole load cheaper than parrot toys.
The Grey will decide who it will bond with, and that bond, (I am told) is for life.
Mine has some lovely whistles, and talks very well. What gets to me is the morons that talk to her in a 'parrot' voice. I cant teach her to say anything though, (she is 16) SHE decides what words/sounds she likes and if she hears something she likes once she will keep it for life.
After wanting one for years, I'm finally getting an African gray parrot.

Why?
What supplies do I need? I want to make him as happy as possible, so I want a good, big ... cage? Where is a good place to get toys? Other supplies? Are there any good websites for new bird owners?

Years of wanting and no research to find out what you'll even need to keep one.
My vet specializes in exotics, but I don't know if that includes birds,

This is a very difficult concept for most to understand - Ask your vet about birds.
so a site with vet recommendations would be great. TIA!!

google

James
Congratulations! It's really exciting to know the reality of your dream bird is almost here...I'm really happy for you Emotion: smile.
The cage will depend upon how long the bird will be in it, partially at least. If you'll be home and the bird is to be your companion most of the day, a humungous cage isn't necessarily a necessity. Also, many people swear by sleep cages for parrots and find it makes for a more well-adjusted bird; I don't use them but certainly wouldn't discount the positive experiences of those who do.

I love your "plenty of toys" statement because that says you already know that greys need lots of enrichment. I can only speak for mine, but he likes anything he can take apart, or puzzle type toys - although it if is too hard, he will simply ignore it; I guess he knows his limits. So when I make his toys I have to make his knots tight but not TOO tight - lol.
I'd suggest, if you're looking to get a cage via mail order, you join the Avian Advantage Buyers Group. It is free, there are vendors that carry everything you could want that offer freebies and/or discounts to AABG members, and if a vendor doesn't pull his/her weight, they're outa there. You can get more information at
http://www.aviannetwork.com/buyersgroup/vendshow.htm . There is a list where you can ask your questions of the vendors as well at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aabgvendors / .
As for the vet, you could check for an ABVP certified avian vet at www.abvp.com , or see a list of vets that have paid dues (but that's the only guarantee you get with this list) at http://www.aav.org/vet-lookup / . My preferred method of locating a good avian vet (and there are many more excellent avian vets that aren't ABVP certified in this country that are - there are many reasons that vets may choose not to pursue certification) is to talk to respected breeders and other aviculturists in your area.

I'm happy for you, Baerana and hope that you have many wonderful years with your new bird Emotion: smile.

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After wanting one for years, I'm finally getting an African gray parrot.

Why?

Because.
that's why, jerk
What supplies do I need? I want to make him ... supplies? Are there any good websites for new bird owners?

Years of wanting and no research to find out what you'll even need to keep one.

Actually, I've done a lot of research (if you feel like reading my previous post on the subject I've pasted it below). I've visited many sites and read several books. None of the books said "you need a cage that is X" by Y" and Z" tall" (as an engineer, I'm more comfortable with specific requirements than "as big as you can find") nor did the books say "go to africangreybirdtoys.com for your toys" and I don't know how much to trust PetCo. They sell rabbit toys that are bad for rabbits (I currently have a bunny).
I was hoping some actual bird owners would have some advice. Also, I'd like some good current websites - some of the books were 20 years old and I imagine we now have more info on the parrots.
Why?

Because. that's why, jerk

I'm sure it will be a lovely addition to your decor.
Years of wanting and no research to find out what you'll even need tokeep one.

Actually, I've done a lot of research (if you feel like reading my previous post on the subject I've pasted ... know how much to trust PetCo. They sell rabbit toys that are bad for rabbits (I currently have a bunny).

Trusting Petco has nothing to with it. It has to do with having some common sense and an understanding of potential dangers that a toy could cause. Any source of toys is likely to have something that is unsafe.
I was hoping some actual bird owners would have some advice. Also, I'd like some good current websites - some of the books were 20 years old and I imagine we now have more info on the parrots.

So none of your research involved actuall owners. That would have been about the first place to go, not the last place after you've decided to get one.

James