Frequently Asked Questions About African Grey Parrots
Q: Where do African Greys come from?
A: African Greys are found in the rain forests of central and western Africa.
Q: What is the preferred environment to keep a grey as a companion?
A: Temperature range from high 60’s F to high 70’s F is ideal. They like humidity and a range of 35% to 50% is good. Locate a grey away from direct sun, heat and air conditioning sources. Cage size varies according to the size of the bird, but generally a cage size of 20 X 24 is the minimum recommended size with at least 3/4 inch bar spacing. Perch size from 1 inch to 2 inches in diameter.
Q: What do I feed my African Grey?
A: African Greys can be hardy eaters and will generally eat what you eat. As a rule, feed your grey fresh fruits and vegetables, cooked vegetables, cooked chicken, no salt nuts, cooked eggs, low salt crackers and of course a high quality kibble or pellet food made specifically for the African Grey. Never feed your bird avocado or chocolate.
Q: How long can an African Grey live?
A: Healthy greys can live from 50 to 80 years.
Q: How well can greys fly?
A: An African Grey with a fully developed set of flight feathers is very fast in the air. Their flight patterns resemble a dove in flight.
Q: What to do about a sick grey?
A: Always take your grey to an avian vet for any medical treatment. Avian vets are trained specifically to work with exotic birds whereas a general practicing vet may not be familiar with their needs and treatments.
Q: How much does an African Grey cost?
A: A young, hand-fed and well socialized Congo African Grey can range from $800 to $1200, plus cage, toys and food costs.
Q: Is it safe to feed my African Grey ice cream?
A: I get this question a lot. My answer – why on earth would you want to feed a parrot ice cream?? Ice cream contains lactose and parrots can not digest lactose.