Welcome Someone New to My House
Or...The Dragon needs some name suggestions for a Timneh African Grey
I've been interested in African Grey parrots for quite some time. I've done a bit of research here and there. Then Saturday, after turtle patrol but before my GCWA talk, I met one that stared at me like she knew me. She was sold by the time my talk was over (I called to check). But it got me thinking strongly about finding another who might select me before some nutcase succeeds at passing pet-limiting legislation.
So I talked with a breeder (Margie Adams) over in Pompano, Fla., who had a couple of her babies placed in a pet store over here. Fabulous. Just a 40-minute drive to check them out. One was obviously spastic and not interested in me. The other...
I got her a cage that's 30 by 30 by 33 ( inside height is 33) with a playstand on top. Because I work from home, my companion parrots spend the day with their doors open so they hang inside or out, whichever they prefer. Petri tends to climb all over his cage, looking for treats I've hidden around it before I sit down to work in the morning. This new one will figure out there are hidden treats as well.
But I've got a problem. I keep calling her "Pretty Girl" because I can't think of a good name that fits her. She's a snuggler. And she's still a little shy and quiet (although that may change as she gets used to her new surroundings). She's three months old--hatched at the end of February. She sleeps like a duck with her beak tucked in behind her wing and she makes small, adorable little barking sounds when you prevent her from getting on your shoulder. (I've read that greys shouldn't get above eye level because of the domination thing.)
So help me out here! What's a good name for this little girl?
(Also in this post, the biege cage you see here is Petri's. It's an example for a new friend who's stopping by the blog to check out the cage dimensions. It is 24 wide by 22 deep by 28 high (interior) with four perches. Two perches are natural branches and two are comfy perches of different thicknesses. The bars are 3/4 inch apart, which I've been told is the maximum for a sun's safety. There's a playgym on top with a bar for hanging a toy. All of the toys are metal-free. I've hung them with bird-safe rope. The food and water dishes are stainless steel, guaranteed to be zinc-free. And he's also got a cozy hut that conures LOVE.)
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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