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African Grey Cage and Environment

African Grey Cage
African Grey Cage and Environment

African Grey Parrots are very sociable and require a lot of attention and interaction. Thus it is important to make sure that their cage and environment is more than adequate for their housing needs.

The cage is a safe retreat or haven for your African Grey Parrot. This is where the bird feels safe and secure, no different than what you feel when you walk into the door of your home. There is food to eat, water to drink and best of all toys to play with!

A suitable cage for an African Grey Parrot is at least 2 feet deep by 3 feet wide by 4 feet high (61 x 91 x 122 cm) and has a playpen top with a tray. African Grey Parrots are very active and need a lot of "out" time. It's important to make sure that there are toys both inside the cage and outside in the playpen area to keep your African Grey busy.

It is best to get a cage that has horizontal side bars to help these nimble climbers get their exercise as they climb up and down the sides. A cage with too few horizontal bars has shown to contribute to a lack of motivation and curiosity. You should avoid a round cage as converging bars can trap toes or feet. A square cage also provides more room for your African Grey Parrot.

The cage you select is going to be home to your African Grey Parrot for a long time, so don't skimp – obviously you want something that is going to last so make sure you check it thoroughly. When selecting your African Grey cage keep in mind the following:  

The cage should be kept clean by wiping it down with detergent and water or a bird safe disinfectant solution. Newspaper seems to be the safest bedding as organic bedding can cause illness and death if ingested, also the dust associated with them can be harmful.

The location of the African Grey cage in your home is very important. African Grey Parrots are flock members and like to be where the action is. They need the human interaction and their curiosity to know what is going on makes the place where the cage is essential to their health and happiness. Most African Greys' cages seem to live in dining and living rooms, but remember not to expose the cage on all sides so they will still have a secure feeling when in their home.