Diet for breeding African Greys

Hi

 

I used to breed a lot of African Grey parrots and have just been asked what to feed to get the best results. I used to feed a good quality parrot diet with over 30 ingredients but low in sunflowers and add a pich of vitamin powder to this each day.  Most important is not to over feed as they will look fine and go through all breeding signs but eggs maybe infertile. They should run out of seed half way through the afternoon.

I fed on average half a mug of seed per pair of birds a day which is not much. Also fed a small amout of natures harvest soak mixture ( a teas spoon per bird) as Greys are very bad at eating fruit but it shold always be offered. Also one palm nut per birds per day.  As for calcium I gave 3 drops of liquid calcium in the water once a week and twice a week when breeding.

 

My birds after 6 months were put outside in flight to get fit before putting them back down to breed. At this time when I caught them I always check the breasts to see if their weight was correct, to find out if I was over feeding which is easily done.

 

I hope that helps a bit and please contact me if you have any other questions at all

 

Rob Harvey

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8 responses to “Diet for breeding African Greys

  1. Nick

    Hi , Rob
    What is your face book please ?

    regads , Nick
    face: bgparrots

  2. paresh porob

    hi Rob,
    I am Paresh from India , it was nice reading your blog, i have two grey pairs out of which one pair is feeding and preening each other. but so far no success in breeding them. wants to seek your advice in this regard. Please advice how to go about, we do not get ready mix feed for greys in India so we rely on fruits, corn, groundnut and sunflower seeds.

    • Good Morning,

      You need to make sure the birds are not overfed as this will make them lazy. They need a small area to breed in as most breed in 3 foot cudes or similar size with lights to increase daylight hours to 17 hours a day which will help to get them to breed. Also make sure plenty of wood to chew in the nest box. I used to screw in from the outside small bits of 2 by 2 inch wood. Simply drill a hole in box bigger than screw and then screw wood in the inside through this hole. Once chewed the screw then fall out from the outside. Chewing is very good way to start the breeding process.

      Good luck

      Rob Harvey

  3. Thanks for info do u feed greys the same all year around and any breeding tips thanks

    • Hi, You feed the same all year round but the main thing is not to feed to much. I used to feed a half mug of our parrot premium per day per pair plus a palm nut and a teaspoon of natures harvest soak mixture. If you feed too much they get very fat and do not breed. Best to call me for breeding tips as it would be a very long reply. Regards Rob

  4. Azhar Ahmad

    I purchase 13 pair with DNA report last six month
    But not breed
    Please tell me about feed and breed
    Thanks

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