Taking Home a Young African Grey

© Jean Pattison — The African Queen

When taking home your new baby African grey a few basics can help you raise a wonderful family member.

  1. Perches in the cage should be placed low, or the grate raised, until your African grey becomes used to climbing around. Many times a fall can be traumatic for a baby grey, and lower perches can help prevent the over active baby from falling too far and causing injury.
  2. Cage size should be a very minimum of 24" x 24" x 30" tall. Of course, toys are a must and if you fill the cage with toys, a larger cage will be a wonderful home.
  3. A second smaller cage for sleeping in a separate area is often a great advantage for the well being of an African grey.
  4. A variety of toys should be made available and changed often.
  5. The new baby grey should interact with all members of the family to encourage a sociable member of the family.
  6. The diet of an African grey should consist of a good pellet as the base, with some seed and vegetables as daily supplements.
  7. Annual vet checks should be done on a regular basis, and the calcium level checked during the examination.
  8. Wing clipping for the heavy-bodied African grey should consist of removing just the outer five primary wing feathers. With this type of clip the grey will not fall and injure itself, but one must keep in mind, to only take them outside in a cage or carrier.
  9. Many African greys seem to enjoy having a private space to retreat to when the mood strikes them, or they feel like a nap.
  10. One should never use negative reinforcement when your African grey is not acting appropriately. Redirecting his interest seems to work much better in curing objectionable behaviors.
  11. Always supervise any activities when other house pets may become involved.

Following these few simple rules will give you good basics for the development of your African grey.