How To Choose The Right Cage
Parrot cages come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes choosing the right cage for an African Grey can be confusing.
By cage standards African Greys are considered medium-sized parrots. As with all birds of this size a cage must accommodate their needs such as being large enough for the grey to completely spread his wings (and flap) without hitting the bars, and provide a safe, comfortable and interesting environment.
During those times your grey is caged, he must have plenty of room to move about to exercise and play and the cage must be made of materials that are non-toxic to your bird.
Parrot cages can be made of several different materials, most commonly, wrought iron with a non-toxic powder coat or stainless steel, either of which are fine for an African Grey. I would avoid painted parrot cages unless you are certain the paint used is completely non-toxic to birds.
Many cages sold today also include a ‘play top’ area on top of the cage whereby your bird can be outside of his cage and have a place to relax in the open. Most play tops also include a food and water bowl.
Speaking of food and water bowls, they also should be stainless steel and not some cheap plastic subject to cracking and breaking over time.
Generally a grey will need a cage that is at least 22 inches wide, 18 inches deep and at least 40 inches tall. Bar spacing should be 3/4 inches.
You will want to choose a cage that has its own stand for the cage on casters for ease of moving around, since cages can be quite heavy.
A large door is a must with a bird proof latch (greys are amazing escape artists) and one to two quality perches 1 inch in diameter complete the basic African Grey cage.
Of course the cage will also need to accommodate several quality play toys and still leave room for your grey to move about and roost at night without interference from cramped quarters.
Cleaning the cage will be easy if you choose one that has an easy slide bottom tray and separate sliding bottom grate.