African Grey Parrots – Cages And Environment


Creating the Greys’ Environment:

African Grey Parrots thrive in an active environment. They are quite gregarious among their own species in the wild and roam the forest in groups to find food. For the most of the day, they must run about, climb, chew, and play. Their great size makes it harder to meet their needs in captivity, yet one must still do their best to give the finest habitat possible.

Choosing the Cage:

You must first purchase a cage for your bird. Choosing a cage should be approached with the same care as choosing a bird. This will be Grey’s house and safe haven. It’s difficult to understand why someone would acquire a tame Grey and not give it with a cage. There are many compelling reasons why every parrot should be housed in a cage. It must physically know its position in the home and understand that its cage is a safe haven from danger to which it may retreat if it feels threatened. And, of course, its cage provides a safe spot to sleep every night and a peaceful place to rest every day where it will not be disturbed. The probability of the parrot escaping is also substantially enhanced in the absence of a cage. The buyer of a juvenile Grey Parrot may be too enthusiastic to notice vital details about how their bird has been cared for and nourished. Because Grey Parrots are more sensitive than Amazons, they may be more agitated by a move to a new area. The Purchaser should thus take notice of the current cage’s size, as well as the placement and kind of food containers utilised. If the juvenile Grey has been eating from a low perch with food containers at the same height and is moved to a bigger cage, he will most likely climb to the higher perch but may be extremely hesitant to drop down to feed. As a result, it is recommended to purchase some hook-on feeders in case it has to be fed at the perch level to begin with. Perches in a big cage may be set at a low level and progressively raised in height (save one) as the Grey becomes more at ease in the cage.

Remove the grating from the cage’s bottom. Greys like walking on the cage floor and scratching in a corner. Older chickens will more likely rip apart newspaper. Their hobbies provide them with healthy outlets for their energy.

Features of a Good Cage:

The following elements are crucial when selecting a cage:

  • Purchase the biggest cage you can afford. It should be longer than it is tall since this shape allows for greater exercise and enjoyment. Cylindrical cages should be avoided; they are inappropriate for any type of bird.
  • It should have at least some sides with horizontal bars for easy climbing, as well as a somewhat sized cage entrance. This facilitates moving the parrot in and out of the cage and cleaning the interior of the cage easy.
  • It should have externally replenishable food and water containers. Except for the most basic cages, this is normal.
  • It should have castors so the cage may be moved about the home. Greys are inquisitive creatures, and nothing is more dull than seeing the same thing every day.
  • Examine the door catch on your Grey’s cage carefully. These parrots are powerful and intelligent enough to open certain cage doors. • If this is likely, secure the cage with a dog clip or a padlock.
  • Newspaper is an excellent material for covering the cage floor. It’s completely safe (newsprint no longer includes lead) and widely available. As a general guideline, utilise paper with no colourful printing—only black and white is safe. It’s also a rapid change; multiple layers of paper may be used to pad the bottom of the cage, with several sheets removed twice daily. Do not use cat litter (which may be poisonous) or sand (a Grey can scratch it all over the room in a matter of minutes).

Cage Size:

Many parrots are kept in much too tiny cages; thus, before purchasing a cage, make sure it is spacious. The cage should be large enough for the Grey to fully extend and flap its wings without being restricted. A cage containing one pet Grey Parrot should be at least 36″ length, 36″ wide, and 40″ high.

Perches:

It is best to replace at least one of the smooth wooden dowel perches that come with the new cage with a rougher perch cut from a non-toxic tree limb, such as an apple tree, willow, or eucalyptus. Perches should be made of wood rather than plastic. Vary the thickness of the perches in the cage to offer workout for the parrot’s grasp. Perches should be no more than 2.5cm in diameter. Natural perches should be given and replenished on a regular basis. The bird will instantly remove the bark, and the surface will become worn and slick over time.

For a young grey under the age of 16 weeks, it is best to start with lower perches and gradually increase them higher as the bird gains confidence with the height. This also applies to a recently trimmed parrot’s wings.

If the cage has four perches, two should be put rather high—but not so high that the parrot cannot stand upright—and two should be placed in front of the food and water containers. Avoid putting two perches in a row, one above the other, since you will be constantly cleaning the lowest one.

Cage Location:

Greys are quite curious. They want to be in the thick of everything! It would be cruel to keep a Grey in any room other than the one where the family spends the most time. Because of the often changing temperature and humidity caused by cooking, the fatal gases connected with Teflon coated kitchen utensils, and the evident risks while cooking is in action, the kitchen is not a suitable location.

The cage should be put in an alcove or somewhere where it is shielded by a wall on at least one side. A site that is surrounded by walls on one or both sides creates a feeling of protection. It should not be able to go completely around the cage since a parrot in this condition may feel unsafe. The cage should also be kept out of direct sunlight; shutters may be used to shield the bird from the sun and heat.

If your bird’s cage is normally located in a busy area where the television and lights are on until late at night, you should purchase a second smaller sleeping cage and instal it in a quiet dark room where your parrot may get 10-12 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. This is critical for juvenile birds.

The position of the cage determines whether or not it should be covered. If lights from cars may penetrate the chamber, it is recommended that the cage be covered with a basic black material. Because feather dust accumulates on the cover, it should be cleaned once a week.

Full-spectrum illumination benefits parrots who cannot go outdoors. This emits UV radiation and aids in the activation of vitamin D3 conversion for calcium absorption. There are special bird lights that give UVA and UVB illumination for the birds. It should be noted that the tubes might lose their effectiveness fast and should be changed every few months.

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