CONGO AFRICAN GREY DIET
If you have been reading about the African grey parrot on our website, you are already aware of the fact that this is a species that does not like new things. This makes them even pickier than the average parrot when it comes to meals- the African grey diet can be a challenge.
Daily portions of fresh produce is the basis of the healthy African grey diet. Carrots and squash, greens, peppers and dark leafy veggies are ideal choices. This menu is rounded out with grains, cooked or sprouted legumes, and pasta throughout the week.
We know that parrot nutrition is an area that confounds most people. The fact is that many parrot owners have no idea what is safe for their bird to eat unless it comes out of a package from the pet store. Unfortunately, the contents of those packages are exactly WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO BE FEEDING YOUR BIRD!
We put together a nutritional guide and cookbook called “Cooking For Parrots” that answer ALL of your questions and addresses the many feeding concerns parrot owners face every day…
– the parrot on the seed or pellet only diet
– the bird who won’t try vegetables
– the owner that is too busy to be in the kitchen
…foraging tips and much, much more (including over 100 recipes!)
Click here to read more about our nutrition course and hear an audio recording about the health scare that inspired this book: NATURAL FEEDING
A fresh food diet should be served in conjunction with a healthy, natural pellet. Parrot pellets are designed to supplement an already great diet by filling in nutritional holes. On their own, they are not designed to provide for all a parrot’s nutritional needs, but they play an important role in keeping our birds healthy and should be a daily part of the diet. Click here to learn how Feed Your Flock pellets will enhance your parrot’s life: FEED YOUR FLOCK
THE RIGHT CAGE FOR AN AFRICAN GREY…
In addition to a great diet, it is an owner’s responsibility to provide a safe cage that offers sources of entertainment and promotes physical activity. Many parrots spend the majority of their day in the cage – it needs to be more than a set of bars designed to keep a bird inside.
An African grey is a fairly large bird and needs a cage that is as roomy as you can provide that has bar spacing between 3/4″ and 1″, which is appropriate for an African grey. The interior cage dimensions (the part that your bird lives in and does not include seed guards and legs) should never be LESS than 36″(L) X 24″ (W) X 48″ (H) for this species.
Inside the cage should be a variety of perches which vary in diameter, shape and texture to keep you bird’s feet in proper condition. Your bird will likely select to sleep on the perch which its feet wraps 3/4 of the way around, as that is the perfect fit for a bird and will provide the most comfort through the night. A perch with that diameter will be appreciated in a high and private spot in the cage.
Perches must be kept clean from droppings and food debris to prevent foot infection.
AFRICAN GREYS PLUCK OUT OF BOREDOM!
The African grey is a highly intelligent parrot – intelligent beings need to keep their minds active to stay mentally healthy. When an African grey is not kept mentally stimulated with a variety of activities, such as foraging for food or play with toys, attentions will be directed towards its own feathers which might be shredded or removed out of boredom and frustration.
An African grey needs a variety of sources of entertainment stationed throughout the cage that are changed out frequently to keep things new and fresh. The more variety you offer, the more engaged your bird will be during in-cage hours and the more accepting of new things your African grey will be.
Toys should be placed in locations that encourage a lot of climbing and reaching to help keep your bird physically fit. Click here to learn about toy safety and our monthly toy program that will save you many trips to the pet store: SAFE NATURAL TOYS
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