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Question:

August 12, 2022

Breeding


Hi i brought two african greys 2yrs ago next april but still no eggs or young they have bin doing the business but i carnt think whats is going on with then there on a good diet witch i give the fruit and a little veg and i put the on a pigon mix and a pogon condioner they sleep together at bed time ive got a night light on 4 12hours they kiss and groom each other i was woundering if u can help in snyway y i aint getting any young i give they a calc um powder to


Answer:

Hi Alan,

Do I understand that you are feeding them a pigeon food? If so, this is a big problem. African Greys have very different nutritional needs than pigeons. Without proper nutrition, a hen will not lay eggs. Your birds should be on a nutritionally balanced diet for parrots, such as pellets or our foraging diets, as 80% of their daily diet. In addition you can offer dark leafy greens, fresh veggies and some fruits as 20% of their diet. They need to be converted to this diet and eating it well for at least 6 months before you give them a nest box, so remove the box for now. Once you hang the nest box, you can offer an egg food daily – this can be a commercial dry egg food, or cooked eggs with the shell washed, crushed and cooked with the eggs. Feed this while she is preparing to lay eggs, and while she is feeding chicks. Your birds also need to be old enough – at least 5-7 years old. Hopefully making change in their diet will help.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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