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Choosing The Right African Grey Parrot Cage!


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If You Want Your African Grey Parrot Talking The Cage Needs To Be The Right Size

An African Grey Parrot is normally quite an expensive pet unless you have been lucky enough to have been given one and you should therefore make sure your house your bird in the correct sized African Grey parrot cage.

A parrot cage is probably the single most expensive item you will ever need to buy for your pet bird, whether you buy the right one or not. So it makes sense to buy the correct size and type of cage for your bird first off. A happy bird is a talking bird so if you would like to hear your African grey parrot talking ensure you get the right cage.

Below you will find some tips that will help you to ensure you get the right cage for your bird.

The African grey parrot cage should have a flat top. This will allow your bird to walk on it as well as play up there. Dome shaped cages look really good but are not practical. Your bird needs as much roaming space as possible and if you are going to let him out of his cage he needs to be able to explore all over it. Your bird would not be able to climb all over a dome shaped cage and would be limited to clinging to the sides of the cage which would not be very good for him.

In order to keep muscle tone your parrot needs to be able to stretch and flap his wings from time to time. To do this the cage will need to be big enough to allow him to stretch his wings to their fullest extent and flap them without there being any chance of his feathers or wings getting caught in the bars of the cage.

The food dishes need to be situated nearer to the top of the cage than the bottom so your bird does not "poop" in them. You also need to have good access to them from outside the cage to allow you to change them without a hassle.

In addition to being big enough to allow your bird to stretch his wings there also needs to be sufficient space to allow you to put a few bird toys in the cage. Parrots are highly intelligent creatures and need constant stimulation. Placing bird toys in the cage will keep your bird occupied whilst you are not available for him.

Most cages will come with wooden dowelling perches. These are not good for your bird's feet and should be changed for more natural perches. Once you have the cage at home cut suitable sized small branches from a tree in your garden or neighborhood and fit them into your cage. Natural perches like these will exercise your birds feet better than dowelling would. There is the added advantage for your bird of being able to tear apart the bark which will keep his beak in good condition as well.

Bird toys should be placed well away from the food dishes but remember your bird needs to stretch his wings so don't put too many toys in. As parrots in general become bored quite easily rotate his toys to keep him interested. Bored parrots are not happy parrots so if you want to hear your African grey parrot talking you need to keep him occupied and happy.

Your African Grey parrot cage should be placed out of the way of drafts and high traffic areas. Make sure the cage is placed high enough for you to be eye to eye with your bird, but no higher or you may have some dominance issues to sort out with your bird which may require the services of a bird behavior specialist.

If your bird is happy in his cage it won't be long before you hear your African Grey parrot talking.

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