Seperating my African Grey parrots

I have got a bonded pair of african grey parrots. They have been living in the same cage for over five years now but i have two problems. One is my female started to lay egg every couple of month and her overies became over active. The second problem is my male is very domimant and chases her round the cage all the time, pinched treats from her and often chases her away from the food so she eats when he feeds her.

I have now put them in seperate cages. My female seems much more relaxed but my male is very unhappy. Could you please tell me if this is the right thing to do.
Sandy Smith

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Mar 23, 2011
Separating bonded birds
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, that is the right thing to do for now. They are certainly not getting along like a bonded pair. Keep the cages near together to allow them to see each other.

You should have the female checked to be sure she is OK; have x-rays, blood work etc done.

What are you feeding them. Pellets, like Harrison's, should be 80% of the diet to prevent health problems especially egg binding.

Dr B

Mar 22, 2011
Seperating my African Grey parrots
by: Linda

Sandy, you ABSOLUTELY did the right thing, and the male will get over the move and himself in time. You may very well have to keep them in separate cages from now on because it does not sound like this is a very good match. Parrots, like humans, do not like all other parrots, and even though these two have gotten along for a while, they have now decided they don't like each other (also kind of like humans married to people they no longer even like much less love).

I have two mid thirty year old Amazon parrots who, at one time, were a perfect couple and bred and raised several nests of babies. Even after I got them, they had to live in a small cage for a while and there was never a hint of aggression from either. A few years ago, the female started becoming aggressive toward the male, and pulled out his feathers and tried to bite his toes off. In fact, he is missing two toes and I'm not entirely sure she did not do that to him. She is larger than he, but it made no difference before. They now live in a double Macaw cage with a panel down the middle of cage. They can see each other, partially groom each other, and she cannot hurt him. I feel they will be separated for life and have just accepted it.

Keep an eye on your female because sometimes the stress of being chased all over the cage can bring on an infection. If you notice birds being fluffed out a lot, not eating or any signs of breathing problems or digestive upsets, then they both need to be examined by Avian Vet. We suggest a yearly trip to avian vet in any case.


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