African grays - separate them?

I recently purchased two African gray females that have been together for a few years. They were originally thought to be a male and female but I was told they found out they were both laying eggs. They have not been handled a lot and have been in the cage mostly. I was told to separate them to try to tame them, because they bond together and not with a person. I just didn't want to stress them out. They are suppose to be about 7. Should I separate them? If not, what should my next step be?

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Jul 31, 2012
African grey females, separate?
by: Tracie

It is hard to give advice on this. You might separate them and the still not warm up to you. You may keep them together and one or both warm up to you.

Please read our parrot training articles on our Parrot Training page for help with training.

Jul 31, 2012
African grays - separate them?
by: Linda

Your first step, as with any new pet, is to take them to an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area. Unless the people you bought them from presented you with a health certificate that is up to date, they need to be examined by an Avian Vet to see if they have any infections or other physical issues. You'll need to have throat swabs done to test for bacterial infections and blood work to see about viral infections and how organs are functioning. You cannot begin any training before taking them to be thoroughly examined by an avian vet because birds that are not 100% healthy can die from the stress of handling and training.

The other issue is diet. All parrots need to be eating 100% high quality nutrition in the form of organic pellets with Harrison's being the best on the market and avian vet endorsed. I have two Amazons, and I buy them a 5lb bag of regular and pepper and mix the two so they have some variety. The pellets have to be 80-85% of diet with fruit and veggies being only 10-15% meaning small amounts only a few times a week. No human foods or drinks. Harrisons makes a bread mix that is readily accepted by all birds and can make the change from seed diets to pellets much easier. It can be up to 30% of the diet if no additions are added to mix. Get Sunshine Factor's Organic Red Palm oil for the oil mix calls for. The rest is two eggs and water. The Palm Oil is cold pressed and has to be warmed in the bottle a little so it turns into a liquid when putting it into mix. Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are very bad for people and birds, so get the organic Red Palm Oil. It used to be here, so look for it, and it's sold all over the internet in shops catering to parrots and birds as pets.

Here is a link to an article written by Avian Vet about how to go about changing from seeds to pellets. The Harrisons products are found here and would be the best move you can make for your birds' health and well-being.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Make no dietary changes until birds have been cleared or diagnosed and treated by avian vet because changing anything with birds is stressful and sick or marginally healthy birds cannot handle the extra stress.

As for training, there are some ideas on this site, but you'll need to see to their health issues first.


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