We started keeping African Grey Parrots approximately 10/11 years ago.
Success was not instant or easy and we embarked on a big learning process.
Some of the gaps in our knowledge were filled by
The Parrot Society UK.
A search for specialist feed led us to
Rob Harvey’s web site, which is a must for anyone interested in parrots or birds in general.
Through reading articles, we found possibly the biggest contributing factor
for a sick African Grey Parrot was the lack of CALCIUM in the bird's diet.
Calcium is found mainly in dairy products, which does not feature highly in a
Grey’s diet. You may try your Grey with black berries,
natural yogurt, boiled egg, watercress, dandelion leaf and flower ( well washed),
chick weed (well washed) and tuna fish (see Feeding)
but we found a company who sell a liquid calcium/magnesium supplement with Vitamin D3 added.
This supplement is called CALCIVET and we have used this for the last 5 years and have never
had a problem with our bird’s health. Calcivet and many other supplements can be
The Birdcare Company.
We provide information & a diet sheet when we sell a bird and recommend you read
THE GREY PARROT by WOLFGANG DE GRAHL
I am attempting to share with you, the reader, the knowledge
that my wife and I have accrued over the years. The only qualification
I have to write this, is that over the last 10 years we have strived
to do the best for our birds. We have admitted our mistakes and never been
afraid to ask for advice. Although much of what I have written is directed
at people wishing to have an African Grey as a pet, much of it is just good
bird keeping husbandry.
BEFORE YOU BUY AN AFRICAN GREY
Do you, or anyone living in your house suffer from
Asthma or breathing problems????????
If you do, an African Grey may not
be the pet for you. Greys preen themselves with a dust
like talcum powder, which often becomes air-born and can
aggravate people with respiratory problems. Some asthma sufferers
have no problems with an African Grey as a pet, but we advise potential
buyers to check with their doctor.