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Seeking New Forever Home For Beloved African Grey

Discussion in 'Rehoming' started by drlou1601, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. drlou1601

    drlou1601 Regular Member

    I am looking for a new forever home for my beautiful and beloved 11 year old African Grey, Lola, and this forum came highly recommended.

    I have had Lola since she was 4 months old, she is a real character, loves to talk and sing, loves music and has a wicked sense of humour, albeit a little stubborn sometimes!

    My partner works away at sea so is not around most of the time and his work is due to take us abroad for the foreseeable future from early/mid next year whereby I will then be full time and travelling for work too. After much discussion, in depth talks with other parrot owners, vet etc, and a lot of soul searching over the past few months, I have come to the tough decision to secure her a new forever home. This is a circumstance I never thought I'd find myself in, but, ultimately for me, her wellbeing and happiness has to come first. Whilst Greys are adaptable, being constantly moved around, spending more time on her own and travelling abroad is just not for her knowing her as well as I do.

    She ideally needs to be the only parrot, or certainly with only one other Grey or bird. She likes children but at a distance, she is handable and well socialised although can be a little snappy occasionally (more often than not when she can’t get her own way!), and due to occasional seizures, ideally with someone experienced in having Greys.

    Other than the 3 seizures she has had over her lifetime (cause unknown and no medication required), she is fit and well, has a healthy appetite and loves eating with us, great at bedtimes with her blankie, enjoys time in and out of her cage, and generally loves being the centre of attention!

    I won't no payment, just the knowledge that she will be safe and well cared for with stability and plenty of time, affection and love. She has a large cage, travel cage and lots of accessories etc. I have paperwork for her since her hatch day, and able to get any other paperwork sorted as needed e.g. Cites.

    We are currently based in South Wales so anyone near to there would be ideal, but would consider further afield if it means Lola having the best possible forever home she can have. If anyone knows of a suitable home, please do get in touch, any advice on the rehoming process also welcome.

    Thank you all in advance for your help!
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  2. Wakizashi21

    Wakizashi21 Regular Member

    Good Morning,

    Sorry to hear you are thinking about rehoming Lola. Its definitely a difficult decision to let go especially when they mean alot to us.

    Is there no positility of keeping Lola?maybe training or some sort of help from the members on here might make a difference and you keeping her?

    I currently have three adopted parrots, one of which is a African Grey, a Hahns Macaw, and Alexandrine. They all have been through members here, and has been a brilliant and eye opening experience for me. I would offer a home to Lola, but you said she may need to be the only bird? I also am alittle further out near the Midlands? But i can put myself forward if there no no other alternative. I am willing to help out as much as possible so if you need anything just give us a shout.


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  3. drlou1601

    drlou1601 Regular Member

    Thank you so much for your response.
    We have tried family and friends route with no luck. I just know she would hate being moved around frequently and left alone for long periods of time and there's no way to avoid that with the impending relocation.
    I say the only bird purely based on previous advice given that she has been the only bird/pet and when she has been with other birds or pets e.g. Visiting friends etc she didn't respond too well, but they are highly social birds and, on reflection, perhaps it is worth considering - she may love it.
    As in the post, I would happily consider further afield if it meant her having the best possible home she can!
  4. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    :welcome: from me too. So sorry to hear you shall need to find a good home for Lola. I will support @Wakizashi21 offer of a new home with him his family and small flock. Although Lola has been an only bird, it is surprising how often an only bird does settle into a new forever home with more feathered friends around.
    However, you may receive more offers of a new home from other members that you may want to consider.
    May I ask which area of south Wales please (I am down in Pembrokeshire) but sadly cannot commit to any more parrots. @drlou1601
  5. drlou1601

    drlou1601 Regular Member

    Hi dianaT
    Thank you so much for your response and for the welcome.

    We are currently based in Rhonnda Cynon Taff.

    That is really good to know that she may well settle more easily with a feathered flock around her, and I will certainly keep in touch with @Wakizashi21 if they are happy too? over the coming weeks after the very kind offer made.
    Thank you again for the advice
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  6. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Hi DrLou and Lola......and :welcome: to our forum, albeit under a wee bit sad circumstances. I too can assure you of Waki’s experience and knowledge as a parrot keeper.
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  7. drlou1601

    drlou1601 Regular Member

    Thank you for the message and welcome. That is really great to know, thank you. Will certainly keep in touch with @Wakizashi21 over the coming weeks. It has also been reassuring to know from others that Lola may settle better with a feathered flock around her. Just hadn't fully considered it before as previous advice was based on her having been the only bird/pet. Thanks again

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  8. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    Hello and :welcome:, just some input re putting birds together. I have two 'too's a Goffins and a Rose Breasted. The Rose Breasted came first settled in well and then became a bit needy for me. I always wanted two and had the chance to adopt the Goffins. It has been great, although they do not appear to communicate they watch everything so if I want one to do something I do it with the other first. They give each other confidence also as both a little nervy to start with. "Oh if you are coming too it must be OK" :)

    Good luck with finding that special home for your girl.
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  9. drlou1601

    drlou1601 Regular Member

    Thank you for the message and best wishes. Ahh lovely, that is great to know that it can help with things like their confidence. Thanks again

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  10. erithacus

    erithacus Regular Member

    @drlou1601, this is a very hard decision you have to make in giving away your birdie. I can only imagine how confused you may be, but her, going to a home with other birdies around, I believe is the best choice u could have, instead of being the only bird. take into serious consideration Walki’s offer :)

    If I had to give in on giving away my little princess I would certainly seek for a
    Home with other grays as close as possible to my home so I could-even occasionally- pay some visits too ;)
  11. drlou1601

    drlou1601 Regular Member

    Thank you for your message. Yes, not only a little confusing but incredibly difficult too. Having had a good read around, I can see that her joining a flock is positive thing. I will certainly keep in touch with @Wakizashi21. Thanks again for the advice.

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  12. Wakizashi21

    Wakizashi21 Regular Member

    Hi Lou, i am happy to keep in touch so when your ready just drop me a message through here and will give you my details and can discus further. I know you are looking for someone closer to you, and that’s understandable so if that doesn’t happen, rest assure i can help out. We will try and work through it together and find the best solution for Lola.

    Some very nice and knowledgeable people on here who provide support and guidance throughout. The forums a great place to be, even after you have rehomed Lola.

    P,s Thank you all for your supporting messages. Cant ask for anything better

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  13. drlou1601

    drlou1601 Regular Member

    Thank you very much. I have a bit more time towards the end of the week so will drop you a message and be great to talk further, if that's okay. If it means Lola having the best possible home she can have, I am more than willing to consider homes which may be further afield than Wales. Also received some great advice on here too, that contrary to earlier advice given, she may well be suited to joining a flock and, who knows, love it!

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  14. marley

    marley Regular Member

    Hi drlou,
    Sorry you have had to make this decision but well done you for putting the birds interests first.

    Have you got a couple of pictures of Lola side on and from behind please
  15. Wakizashi21

    Wakizashi21 Regular Member

    No problem, happy to discuss. We hopefully will work out the best for Lola, and there is absolutely no rush.

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  16. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Hello and welcome I am sorry that you have decided to find Lola a new home and when the time comes for you too travel I am sure you will miss her, have you thought of taking her with you I know you may be working more and this may not be possible. as for greys getting on with other greys in most cases I have found they do get on but Holly one of my greys took a while to allow the other greys near her and was very humanised and preferred my company. it took over a year for her to start to accept the other greys in my home and now she is part of the flock of greys although still gets plenty of love from me. Having a number of species living together I will say with the greys they mainly keep together although Poppy a Eclectus female got on with all the female greys. I have found that greys do better when other birds are around even if they do not closly associate with them. @Wakizashi21 I do trust and has a very good reputation and we have many very good members that may also wish to help and provide a wonderful home.
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  17. drlou1601

    drlou1601 Regular Member

    Thank you for the message and for the welcome, Michael.

    Yes, we really considered taking her with us and if it was the case of just relocating once it would be a different situation but as we will be frequently moving around and away for periods of time, we feel it is not in her best interests or wellbeing to go through a move abroad and frequent travelling/moving around. That is good to know that even if it took her a while, she, like others, would come around to being with a flock. Thank you again, all advice and support is really helpful and welcome

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  18. drlou1601

    drlou1601 Regular Member

    Thank you. Sure, I'll find some and post.

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  19. marley

    marley Regular Member

    Thank you, I may be able to help but need to know what sex "she" is
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  20. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Hi and :welcome:, I am so sorry your having to rehome Lola. @Wakizashi21 is a brilliant person and she would have a great home with him.
    @marley is great too.
    You have to do what is best for you and Lola.
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