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Hello everyone, my dad who is an absolute plonker has decided he can no longer look after Bailey (African grey) as he wants to come out of retirement and look for work again.  After going down to have a look he has decided that Lincolnshire wildlife park is the best place for Bailey. 

I know every parrot is different so I will tell you a bit about Bailey; he is 11 years old and spent his whole life with an elderly couple before my dad bought him from a pet shop 3 years ago.  He is okay with strangers but will back away if they get too near, when up 8 family members have visited he has been fine and even tries to get in on the chatter.  He flew onto my nephews shoulder for a minute or 2 the first time they'd met.  It did take him 6 months for him to step up but he would normally accept treats.

He is going to Lincolnshire Wildlife park on Thursday.  Do you guys have any advice for transporting him etc?  

 

I've posted some photos and videos of him.  One is of Lincolnshire wildlife park just over a month ago.
 

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That video of the Greys in the enclosure looks like way too many in one enclosure of that size to me..  Looks more like an animal hoarding/zoo to me than a sanctuary.  Sure you can't find Bailey a nice home?    I know there are a lot of Grey owners in the U.K. on the African Grey facebook groups.

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Okay, Bailey lives in Manchester with my dad.  My dad wants to give him to a good home/place for free rather than selling him to someone who may not have the best intentons for Bailey.  Caroline who works at Lincolnshire wildlife park and is a parrot owner herself said they are planning to move the African Greys to another enclosure currently occupied by the macaws.

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Well, be careful.  I would not have let those birds get into that situation in the first place.   Too many in too close quarters.  It's an indication to me they are not really taking care of those Greys the way they should.  They may have the best intentions but they may also be over-loaded with other things since it's a wildlife park.

If you do go the FB route, do not indicate you are giving the bird away.   You will not be able to sort through the riff-raff that will come out of the woodwork.  If you have time, I think it would be best to seek out a home for Bailey.  They deserve the best since being captive was not their choice.

I have to ask, are you interested in keeping Bailey or just not in a situation where you can?    I also hope your Dad doesn't decide to get another bird in the future.  These creatures are not throwaway animals when the situation isn't convenient any longer.  They are way too intelligent and function at the level of a small child.

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I'm not in a situation where I can keep Bailey all day.  If it was up to me I'd do as you say and wait but it's out of hands as my dads keeping him.  There were quite a few parrots paired up with each other grooming at Lincolnshire wildlife park, Caroline said that they pair up a lot.  I thought this would be better for some parrots than forming that same bond with a human.  

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Greetings Thank you for your info...I researched Lincolnshire wildlife park, It's quite a setup, nothing but good, it has everything to properly take care of greys and other parrots, including avian medical staff. It does not appear to be overcrowded considering the group environment that Greys live in the wild. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnnOx178Z64

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Hello Jayd, thank you for your opinion.  We can take Bailey with much more confidence now.  The staff there are extremely knowledgeable and often take their own bird there for the day but I still had slight doubts about him going there.  I also agree that Bailey won't be too worried about other birds in close proximity as long as he knows they are safe.  My dad said he was flying around the pet shop like a goodun interacting with the other animals.  We are also in contact with the staff so we can keep tabs to make sure everything is going well.  

I have a few more videos I tried to post earlier but I got an error message, I'll try to re-post them

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Thank you! My preference is to keep a Grey in a forever home but we can't always do that. Obviously, you investigated this park and felt comfortable...I feel, in your case, this is the best move for you and your Fid. We have worked, over a number of years, with many sanctuaries to our satisfaction. The one you picked is outstanding.

When it comes to selling a parrot or giving one away, it is extremely hard because, in this instance, the book's cover does not necessarily reflect what is in the book. I think you made a good choice out of a difficult situation. Please keep us informed.

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I, too, thought it looked very small, but with Jayd's very thorough research, I believe it must be a very special sanctuary.

Baily looks like a very special grey.  It must be hard to see him go.

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