African gray breeder starting again

by Rich corjay
(Westfield,mass)

I just bought a breeding pair of African grays they ate ten years old who have breed together. Three months ago the prev owner stop breeding them so if they had to fly to new owner there would be noeggs in female.

Ism first time breeder and need someone to help me with cage set up and best ways to get them breeding again. I'm feeding them zupreem pallor fesh fruit and veggies plenty of water. I have a uv light nest box also. Please help out a new breeder and let me get started right. (email removed, we don't post email addresses) thank you all and god bless

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Jul 12, 2011
Start breeding again breeding season
by: Anonymous

Got my to vet and confirm sexes. Been fewmonths since I've had them. Is sept or octmonths a goodbreeding time.they get along great do u think there been inthere New home
Long enough where they should start breeding again . Theybeenbreeding for 4years. Any tip to get themin them
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May 09, 2011
African gray breeder starting again
by: Linda

It is Linda here, and I can't add much that the Avian Vet and Tracie have not already told you. What Dr. B said about everything is to be taken seriously and was free advice from a prominent avian vet. Harrison's pellets are the best you can get them here and follow directions on package.

You will also need to learn how to handfeed baby birds, and this is a learned skill which can be taught to you via the kindness of a breeder in your area. There is much to know about breeding, and your best way is to do a search on breeding the African Greys on the internet which will turn up breeders. You will have to have hands-on experience with handfeeding to avoid killing your babies, and know that sometimes the Mothers feed babies and sometimes they don't, so you will need to know everything about it before babies get here.

Full spectrum lights need to be hung over bird's cage and not in the nextboxes. The nextboxes have to remain dark or the hen will not lay and sit, and the babies prefer it darker when they are very small. You'll need the kind with a back door which means one where only the hole and perch are inside the cage, and the rest of box is outside. It is hung outside of cage, so you'll need a drop down door in cage that can be closed once breeding is done.

Breed no more than once a year because more takes too much out of the hen and will cause her to become sick and die.

Thanks for writing and please understand that breeding birds is expensive, time-consuming and is not recommended for many. It is hard to find decent homes for babies, and this is at any price. Parrots are usually moved around multiple times during their lives, and some of the homes are living with insane, cruel and thoughtless people, so keep that in mind when you have babies. It's ALL on you what happens to them during their lives good or bad. I quit breeding long time ago because I saw how glutted the market is with birds and understood how they are mistreated by ignorant or just plain mean people.

Linda

May 09, 2011
Breeding African grey parrots
by: The Avian Vet

The cage should be a minimum of 4 x 8 x 5 tall. They need sturdy secure perches for copulation. You need a nest box 18 x 24 x 36 tall. They should be on a pellet diet, 80% pellets, 20% treats. Get them off of ZuPreem and on to Harrison's or Roudybush pellets.

They need to be vaccinated for polyomavirus. They need to be examined by an avian veterinarian to be sure they are healthy. You cannot simply look at them and tell. They should also be DNA sexed to be sure they are definitely a pair. Don't just go by someone?s word.

Dr B
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May 09, 2011
New at breeding African grey parrots
by: Tracie

Please hold off breeding these birds until you have studied and helped another breeder to get some experience. If you don't know what you are doing, you could lose the babies and even the mama. Emergencies come up in the middle of the night, and what are you going to do?

First, you need to take the birds to an avian vet for a check up. Second, you need to get them on a healthy pellet diet, ZuPreem is junk food. Your female could get egg binding from a lack of proper nutrition.

Dr B, an avian vet that teaches at a university, says that in 30 years he has never had a case of egg binding in birds that eat 80% Harrison's pellets.

Linda, a lady that reads posts here and answers them often, is an experienced breeder. Hopefully she will chime in with some breeding instructions, but she will tell you the same thing about taking your birds to an avian vet and feeding them properly before even thinking about breeding them. While your birds are getting healthy, you can be studying breeding birds.

I don't know if Linda bred AG's, but if she did she will be able to help you with aviary size etc.

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Also there are other articles that you might want to read on our Parrot Training page. One in particular is the To Wean or Not To Wean article for once your babies are born.

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