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African Grey Parrot Care | Simple Guide For New Owners!


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Are African grey parrots hard to take care of?

African grey parrots are very difficult to take an eye on sometimes if you are new to him. The main reason behind this is African grey parrots are one of the rigorous and high maintenance parrots, they are really magnificent and adoring like other parrots. African grey parrots always abide by rules and regulations. They don’t like to miss their routine schedule and their primary necessity is to get a considerable amount of time from their keepers. African grey parrots like affection and priority.

How to care African Grey Parrots?

The African grey parrot is medium sized to large parrots, so it will need adequate living space. If you can afford a larger cage it will be acceptable but at least you should have to afford 2 foot by 2 foot and 3 feet in height cage for the parrots. We know that African grey parrots have one bad habit which is feather plucking. When it starts to pluck its own feather you need to understand that it needs more attention and affection from you. When you do not spend time with parrots it gets depressed and exhibits self-mutilating behaviors. African grey parrots will thrive if it gets attention from its keeper, having lots of toys, playing with it, learning words and tricks from its keepers and also having a good diet and nutrition. Experts recommended that you should train your African grey daily, and also provide several hours for some exercises.

By doing this kind of activity you will be easily interacting with your parrots. Many owners of African grey report that when they are getting easy with you they will be happy to spend time with you such as watching television or radio playing even when they are left alone.

African grey parrots are very sensitive and easily stressed and get emotional. So give him proper time and affection, adore it, also have to keep in mind that you should put the cage in a quiet place like a corner in the room, suggestion is not to put it in the center of the room.

Diet & Nutrition

The diet and nutrition primarily depends on African parrots’ condition whether it is captive or it’s in the wild. In the wild it eats fruits, leaves, insects and flowers to survive. But in captivity it gets very high standard and nutritious food like fruits, vegetables, nuts, formulated pellets, dark leafy greens and definitely clean and fresh water provided daily. When they become friends with you they enjoy a variety of treats and snacks from you such as breakfast toast and salad. But one thing you have to keep in mind is that to keep a good diet and nutrition you must provide it fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Never give them a seed-based diet because that is not suggested as they authorize.

Common Health Issues

African grey parrots are affected by some diseases when they are not decently cared for. Shortage of vitamins generate this kind of diseases like calcium deficiency, respiratory infection, Vitamin-A and Vitamin-D deficiency, psittacine and psittacosis, feather disease and feather picking. You have to make certain that your grey gets the conventional nutrition daily like fresh fruits, vegetables, waters etc.

But sometimes you may notice that your parrot is plucking its feather, you don’t have to worry because it means that your parrots need your attention for enough mental stimulation.

Proper Exercise

You have to keep in mind that you shouldn’t keep your pet grey all time in the cage. At least authorize your parrots 1 or 2 hour to spend time out of their cages for their daily exercises and provide them plenty of chewable toys to help exercise their jaws and beaks. Also spend time with your parrots. This certain amount of activities you have to carry on daily to keep your African parrot more healthy.

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Stay safe!