Ask Lafeber


July 22, 2021

Sexing parrots

“I have an African Grey who is 5 years old the breeder told me she’s a female she never produced eggs. how would I know if my birds female or male.


Hi Stephen,

The only way to know for sure, other than if the bird laid an egg, is to have a DNA test run. Most Avian Vets will collect the sample and send it off for you. There are some tests that use feather samples. The blood tests are generally more accurate. The results are over 99% accurate with human error accounting for wrong results.

As for your Grey. she is just barely old enough to lay eggs anyway. If you were planning to breed her, it is best to wait a couple of more years. Otherwise, if she does not have a mate, she may never lay eggs.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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