Homing / African Grey Housing

Acquiring a cage

buying the right parrot cage One of the most important aspects when deciding to purchase an African grey parrot, is the environment it will live in. First you must ensure your parrot feels safe and comfortable within its living space. There are many colors, shapes and sizes of bird cages available today. Below are several hints to help you decide which bird cage is suitable for both your parrot and your house.

A good bird cage can cost a good amount of money, however considering African grey parrots can live up to 50 years old, it is definitely a worthy the investment

Cage Size

The rule of bigger is better applies here. However obviously the majority of people are limited on space, budget or both. My advice is purchase the biggest cage you can. Honestly there is no such thing as a cage which is too big.

Placing of a cage

Place your cage in a warm, light area of the house where the majority of interaction occurs (Don't put your bird in a room which no one goes in). The area should be warm but heating should not directly be blowing onto the parrot and there should be no drafts near the cage. Fumes can also be toxic to parrots and can cause lung problems, so keep the cage away from these.

Cage Bars

I'm a big fan of horizontal bar cages, this allows the parrot to easily climb around his or her cage, as apposed to vertical bars which are significantly more difficult to climb up. The coating of the bars should be painted in a non-toxic paint, if you're aware that your parrot likes to chew the cage, stainless steel is recommended to avoid any paint flakes being consumed. Another consideration is bar spacing, if the bars are too far apart your African grey could risk getting his or her head stuck, I recommend a gap of 3 quarters to a full inch between each bar.

Cage Design

There are two main types of parrot cages, dometop and playtop, personally I recommend dometop to people looking to home an African grey. The reasoning behind this is when parrots are on top of their cages, then can get quite territorially aggressive, combine this with a parrot which typically sit on the playtop bar and you're setting up for an aggressive parrot.

Common Questions

Is paint on the cage harmful if my parrot chews the cage

An excellent question! Cages which have a non toxic finish can be thought of as safe, however if your parrot has a tendency to bite & chew the cage often, stainless steel is advised.

How often should I clean the cage

To be honest I would say daily, by this I mean simply have a quick tidy up each day. You will be keep the cage in a consistently well maintained state, rather than spending a large amount of time per week cleaning.

I've heard that covering your cage is a good idea

Covering a cage helps to enhance warmth, security and generally helps most parrots to relax. African greys generally need 10 hours of rest per night, therefore this is a great method of trying to ensure they get an adequate amount of best.

Which type & size of cage should I choose

As written above my personal recommendation is the biggest cage you can afford / have room for, and a dometop to avoid aggressive behaviour.