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African Grey Progress incubation to 14 weeks


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How fascinating. I'll have a proper look later, I had a quick scroll through the posts and comments but I'm supposed to be working right now, so will check it our properly later!

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I've updated the Facebook post with a couple of video updates as Ella is now 0n 30ml of formula 4 times a day now and she has started to sprout her little red tail feathers plus she is preening herself all the time now.

I also would like to say although i'm posting updates quite regularly on FB i do not want to encourage anyone who has no experience to take on a chick that is not weaned, this might sound like do as i say not as i do but i have been OCD with video's, forums and general googling, books etc and we triple check everything we do with Ella's food temperature, disinfecting everything hands, feeding utensils and clean bedding after every feed. It's not easy believe me and you need a lot of expensive equipment already to hand before starting.

So unless there is no choice then let someone else do the hard work and better still if you can visit the breeder and ask if you can help feed the chick supervised then thats defo the way to go.

The Nursery on this forum has some excellent advice on hand rearing and also check https://www.africangreybabyparrot.co.uk/index.php/12_weeks_progress/?k=:2:: another great reference plus read everything you can before you do anything.

Rob & Carol.

 

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They sure grow fast! From something that doesn't look very bird-like to beautiful baby greys in such a short time. Fascinating :)

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Wow. it's amazing how quickly they change. Loving all the progress pics/vids!

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Awww so cute! Makes me dream of having a baby, which I have never had since I'm a rehomer.

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Well, Ella is 7 1/2 weeks old now and doing well she is still on 4 feeds a day (50ml approx) and starting to pick up pellets and cooked veg doesn't eat much solid food just plays with it but some goes down.

She has started to perch and her feathers are developing nicely so i think we are on the right track 🤞

 

 

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She's so adorable! Thanks for all the updates, it's fascinating to see how quickly she's developing!

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Just a 9 week update picture...

This was a couple of days ago and she has now lost all her baby feathers and is being very difficult to feed as she has decided not to eat all her formula but is eating veg and pellets but not very many, her weight has dipped very slightly but is still hovering around the 430g mark.

I don't think i have stressed so much as i have recently over whether she is eating enough but i realise weaning is hard on the bird and the owner 🍼 > 🍎🥕🥦

 

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  • R&C Greys changed the title to African Grey Progress incubation to 10 weeks
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Hi, Just a cautionary tale, don't bother trying to register your birds with CITES it's a con, i bred Ella from two birds i bought at Stafford show (Staffordshire show ground) at  the Parrot Society official show, i was supplied with two Cites certificates and paid a considerable amount of money for them, it turns out that when i tried to register Ella their chick, that the male had his certificate altered to show he wasn't rung but microchipped instead and a sticker with his microchip number had been stuck on his certificate.

I paid £31.00 to Cites with the application which they refused and i sent them the proof of purchase and all documents they asked for, they replied with pay another £31.00 and a new application for the male and it would be sorted out.

It turns out that Julie Berry from the Cites office has deemed that they cannot issue Cites certificates for Ella (the chick) or her father.

To cut a long story short Cites have stitched me for £62.00 and i have lost the price of the chick plus i have an unsaleable pair.

They do not deserve honest people to register their birds, it's a scam 😡

P.S. Not that Ella will ever be for sale.

 

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That's disappointing. I'm guessing they won't even entertain the idea of a refund either...

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On 7/14/2020 at 8:51 PM, neoow said:

That's disappointing. I'm guessing they won't even entertain the idea of a refund either...

No they won't give a refund and they have kept the Cites certificate that they asked me to return (like an honest fool i sent it to them with another £31) 

I struggle to understand how an organisation which is set up to protect endangered species makes it so difficult when another potential breeding bird is born (again not that Ella will be going anywhere as a breeder) but i do wonder what will become of her when we are no longer around, just got to hope one of the family would offer her a safe home, when a bird is not registered it has no value and has to be gifted and probably abused because there is no financial loss.

As a side note Cites expected me to contact the previous owners of the male bird to find out who had removed his ring and illegally changed his certificate but it's obvious they would just say it wasn't them and as i have no proof there is no point in chasing it up and i will have to take the loss on the chin.

Please check if you purchase a bird that it's paperwork is in order and that some cheating so and so hasn't tried to alter anything.

 

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  • R&C Greys changed the title to African Grey Progress incubation to 14 weeks

14 Week update photo of Ella, she will allow you to turn her onto her back and fuss her and loves to lie on your chest and go to sleep, she is like a little puppy that loves attention.

She has got a cage but only goes in it at night time to sleep, during the day she spends hours with us and is still taking a bit of top up formula at 4.00pm and then again just before bedtime about 10.30pm although she eats almost everything she is offered and loves to try new things.

If you have been following this thread then Thank You for taking the time to read it

It has been on my bucket list tick sheet for years to breed and hand feed a parrot so another Thank You for the information found on this forum, i don't think we would have managed without the knowledge shared here.

Carol, Rob and Ella 🐣

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Oh she makes me melt. Look as those beautiful baby eyes!

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