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    Caring for African Greys

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    African Greys are a medium sized parrot that originates from western and central Africa. They are regarded by many as one of the most intelligent types of parrots, this, coupled with their love of mimicking speech makes them very popular as pets. Caring for African Greys is not always easy but it is a very rewarding task. It is not a task that should be taken on lightly as African Greys have quite a long lifespan and looking after African Greys is a long term job. This guide outlines the basics of looking after African Greys.



    Looking After African Greys


    • Place the African Grey’s cage somewhere in the house that see’s a lot of regular activity. African Greys are very sociable and crave social interaction. This is vital to the mental health of the bird.

    • It is best to allow the African Grey lots of interaction with lots of different people so that they become comfortable with strangers. Part of caring for African Greys is to make sure that they get plenty of exercise, they should be allowed out of their cage for at least an hour as day and this should include some one on one interaction with humans.

    • Because of the African Grey’s intelligence, they need to be kept entertained while they are in their cage. When looking after African Greys, put plenty of toys in the cage and rotate them so that they don’t get bored. Ideal toys are those which can house food or a treat and that make the bird work to get the reward.

    • When looking after African Greys, the cage needs to be big enough to comfortably accommodate them. It should be at least 4ft long, 3ft deep and at least 3ft high. For added security make sure that one side of it is solid backed so that the bird feels safe. Make sure there are plenty of perches in the cage and outside when it exercises.

    • Like all other animals, African Greys benefit from obedience training, not only does this make them easier to handle, it will also help to avoid them becoming destructive and/or aggressive later in life. An African Grey is not mature until at least ten years old make sure that obedience training is part of the regular schedule during these early years.

    • Like all animals, the correct diet is essential for the health and wellbeing of the bird. African Grey’s food should be formed of pellets, sees and fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure that you avoid foods such as rhubarb, onions, garlic and avocado as they are all poisonous. African Greys are lactose intolerant.

    • If you are looking after African Grey’s indoors, try and use a high efficiency air purifier. When the bird flaps it’s wings it will release dust that goes into the air and this can make the transferral of respiratory diseases much less likely.

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