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July 22, 2022

How big is the age gap for breeding with 2 birds

I have 2 American greys, one is a 19 year old boy and the other is a 8 year old girl and I was wondering if she is too young too breed or if he is too old for breeding?


Hi Diana,

As long as he is healthy and has been on a good diet, then he could potentially have several decades of breeding years left. The female is at a good age to start, and again if she is healthy and has been on a good diet. Of course they may or may not be compatible, so that is the first thing to determine. If they are both tame pets, I would advise against breeding them because that means you give them up as pets, and some pets do not ever make good breeders. If neither bird is tame, start with them in cages side by side and if they spend time sitting close to each other, you can try them in the same cage under close supervision. A pair should get along most of the time, sit together, groom each other and feed each other or they are not bonded. Mating will follow bonding and that would be the earliest you should introduce a nest box. If you give them a nest box and they are not bonded, they may fight and could end up seriously injured or worse.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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