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African gray parrot breeding

Grey Parrots normally mate several times a day for several weeks before the first egg is laid. A clutch may average 2 to 5 eggs. It’s best not to bother the parents too much; maybe check the nesting box once a day when the parents are eating African gray parrot. You don’t want to risk abandoned or broken eggs.

General African Grey Information

African Greys are generally easy to breed as long as they are happy with their breeding set up. They are not shy, bond relatively easily and generally make good parents. Their chicks are easier to raise than say cockatoo, cockatiel or eclectus chicks.

 because of their talking / African gray parrot mimicking ability that is endearing to pet owners. The life expectancy for an African Grey is sixty to ninety years and they continue to produce for their lifetime.

As males and females look alike, it’s best to have them DNA sexed to ensure that you set up true pairs. Some breeders state that they can visually sex grey parrots by the shape of their heads and size of the beak, but these are educated guesses at best. DNA sexing is inexpensive (around $20) – it really isn’t worth taking wasting time by potentially setting up incompatible pairs.

You may want to pull the chicks for hand feeding

 when they are about 15 to 21 days old. All chicks must be removed together, as their natural parents will not care for a single chick left in the nest. Also, they are very protective of their chicks, therefore, special precaution have to be taken when removing the chicks as the parents will be aggressive. The best way may be to use a bird net to scoop up the babies.  Maybe use a magazine or books to separate the parents from the chicks.  If the parents were outside the nest box (which is the best scenario) – close the nest box entrance hole off with a magazine or piece of wood, while scooping up the chicks.   

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