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Pepper is our Congo AF Grey.  We got him when he was 6 weeks old, Feb. 1995.  He is the first bird I hand fed and it scared me to death, but we both survived.  Pepper is a great talker.  He has something to say about everything going on in the house.  He does pick his chest a little.  He started when we got him a new cage.  Three weeks after he was in it he picked his chest clean.  We let him have his old cage back and the feathers have almost all grown back in, but he still chews them if he feels stressed.  He is a GREAT BIRD!!!