These magnificent birds are a favored option when it comes to a pet bird. And they are not even new on the pet scene. They have made their way through history as far back as during the ancient Egyptians’ time, which is about over 4000 years ago. Even kings keep them. And if you are planning to keep one as a pet, you need to know how to build or find the best cage for an African Grey.
Facts Firsts on African Grey Parrots
Many adore these birds for their outstanding features. It’s interesting plumage blend well with its overall look. Add to this is the fact that they possess very flexible mouths and vocal chords. Most of these impressive birds start to imitate the words and sounds that they hear once they turn six months old. There are still a few that do so only until they reach two years old, however.
As its name suggests, this medium-sized parrot has a mottled grey colored feather, a large black bill and white mask that encloses its yellow eyes. It also has a noticeable red vent and tail.
They are also noted to be monogamous and are often depicted to be nesting atop a tree with a hole for her hatchlings.
Another interesting thing about these parrots is the fact that they can outlive their owners. With an average lifespan of more than 60 years, these fragile looking creatures may just actually outlive you. It may even get to experience life with your son’s or daughter’s son and/or daughter. If provided with appropriate care, these birds may just stay with you for years to come.
There are two species of these birds that are of interest to breeders. These are the Timneh Parrot and the Congo African Parrot. The former is smaller and has a deeper hue than the latter.
Breeding African grey parrots can be challenging, especially if you are not well aware of everything that it requires to remain healthy and well. As these birds have specific requirements, you need to make sure to meet all these needs to ensure their overall health and behavior.
How to Build the Best Cage for an African Grey
One of the things that you need to provide for your feathered friend is an appropriate housing. It will need one that will provide enough wing space where it could fly up and about without feeling restricted. It should also be a place that will be safe at all times. Any object placed inside the cage should be one that will make it properly stimulated and rested. Nothing placed inside the housing that would endanger the life of your dear parrot. No sharp, dented, or loose edges that may cause harm to your pet bird should be anywhere in or near the cage.
When building or choosing a cage for African Grey parrot, one that can offer more space is always a better option. A lot of space will make your parrot feel at ease while inside its new home. It is also a good thing to have a bird cage that is built with an opening at the top of it and one that allows your feathered friend to scale from one level or perch to another. This will give your bird more chances to exercise its wings, feet and grip.
Of all the available options for a bird cage, you should never consider one with a round shape as it has been noted that a cage with this design to have caused psychological problems to the parrot. These birds are said to be temperamental in nature, and having them kept in a round shaped bird cages won’t help with their mood swings.
Another thing to consider when building a cage for an African Grey is the width between the bars. Make sure that it is built with bars with the right distance between bars. One with wide bar distances may cause the parrot an injury in case it sticks its neck between them in an attempt to get out of its cage. Always consider a cage with bar distances that are smaller than that of your pet bird.
Accessories for the Cage
Have perches that are made of soft wood that will let the bird to have a good grip while standing on it. You can also have other objects that can help keep your parrot busy while inside its home, such as a ladder, swing, chew sticks, hammock, leg rings, and so on.
It is best to keep everything inside the cage clean and safe all the time, from the feeding and drinking bowls, to every toy and accessories inside the cage.
Building or choosing the best cage for an African Grey will not be a problem if you understand what it means to keep your feathered friend safe. Have all those suggestions in mind, and you will have built or found one that will be best suited for your parrot.