Breeding African Grey Parrots
Some parrot breeds are easier to mate than others and breeding African Grey parrots can be particularly tricky because it can be very hard to accurately determine the sex of an individual parrot. They can also be very selective when it comes to choosing a mate. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
It is however possible to breed parrots once a few conditions have been met and a compatible pair has been found. It is vital to make sure that the parrots are absolutely comfortable in their surroundings and parrot breeding will be a lot easier if there are no loud noises and intrusion from children and animals is kept to an absolute minimum.
Parrot Breeding – A Guide
- Special parrot breeding cages are useful when breeding African Grey parrots as it makes them feel as safe as possible. The correct size for two breeding parrots is at least 4’ long by 2’ wide and 3’ high.
- The first step in breeding parrots is to establish a male and female pair. It is likely that you will have to use a vet to have the breeding parrots surgically examined to determine their sex as externally, male and female African Grey parrots are almost identical.
- To successfully breed parrots, you need to give them lots of privacy and peace and quiet so make sure they are in an area where they won’t be disturbed. A nest box is a welcome addition to parrot breeding cages. Usually they are an ‘L’ or a ‘Z’ shape, placed high in the cage.
- Breeding parrots will be much more successful if they are kept healthy so supplement their diet with vitamin E and calcium.
- Try to replicate the birds’ natural light cycle and conditions by providing light in 12hour stints. Start by making the ‘daylight’ hours short and increasing them to create a mock spring. Try and replicate rain by showering them with water. Putting bedding in to the parrot breeding cage for them to remove will help to simulate the behaviour of breeding parrots.
- Because most types of parrot breeds are very private, it may be difficult to see whether they have in fact mated. The male will mount the female while breeding and will guard the nest while the female is laying the eggs. The female will have a larger appetite when she is preparing to lay the eggs so make sure that she has plenty of food.