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African Grey Parrots

Of all the larger parrots bred at PARROTCARE, African Grey Parrots have probably been the most successful. The key to breeding African Greys is compatibility and seclusion. Of much less importance is the size of the aviary and the shape of the nest box. Many pairs of African Greys retire immediately to the nest box when the attendant nears the aviary for feeding or cleaning purposes. This is often the first sign that a pair are compatible and ready to breed. Occasionally, clear eggs are laid by the female, which usually indicates the male is too young to fertilise them. The diet, as mentioned previously, is relished by African Greys. Those at PARROTCARE have a minimum of 75% complete diet (pellets). African Greys make excellent parents and on no occasion have we ever had a female desert their eggs or chicks after a nest inspection. If it is the intention to sell the babies as pets, it would be necessary to remove them from the nest at approximately 4 weeks. At this stage, a brooding temperature of 31oC will be necessary. African Greys also enjoy a move of aviaries occasionally and this often stimulates them to go and breed again. Often birds kept in the same situation over a number of years gradully lose interest in breeding and the stimulus can be provided with a new aviary and nest box. extreme coincidence. Females are dominant to males and I have never seen a male Eclectus enter the nest box.

THE TEXT ABOVE IS FROM BREEDING PARROTS IN AVICULTURE A PARROTCARE PUBLICATION

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