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African Grey Breeding Season

Find out how an African grey parrot's breeding cycle rotates through the year.

Q:  When is an African grey’s breeding season?

Jean Pattison explains the breeding of African greysJean Pattison, also known as "The African Queen," explains:

In most parts of the world, African greys breed when they have short daylight hours. In the U.S. this is winter time. Most greys start copulating in October with egg laying starting in November and chicks hatching in December. Since greys are cyclic layers, it does no good to pull eggs for incubation. About the time the first of the season chicks are weaning and become independent, the pair may go back to nest. This would be about March or April, about four months from egg laying to egg laying. The greys then take a rest until next November. Indoor breeding may cause greys to lay year around, but I do believe after a few years of this, it may throw their cycle off and they quit laying for a few years.


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Thank you for the perfect answer to my question. My Grey is going on 22 yrs old and laid her first eggs (3) when she was 71/2. Nothing until 141/2 and now it has typically been every Nov/Dec since. This year however, she is going through this again and it is Apr. In the last few days she has laid two eggs and I suspect there will be one more as she always lays three. This period is hard on her and I. I am not a breeder and would rather have my naughty curious bird around than the whinny needy one she becomes during this time. Is there anything in her diet that may encourage this?
Jacquie, Green Bay, WI
Posted: 4/2/2014 11:39:07 AM
hi thank you for being open and shareing your knowledge , can i ask i brought a pair with a cage and a nest box how do i no to clean the box or leave it when i say clean it i mean take so much out and some one said i can put some pieces of pine untreated ofcourse i think he said 2x2 4 inch lenghs it makes them want to breed as they chew like a stilulation would you please let me no thank you im new
bilal, england
Posted: 11/2/2013 4:04:09 PM
Using punishment on parrots, like covering the cage is the worst thing you can do. You will never get anywhere with that poor bird. Go to bird tricks dot com.
maurche, International
Posted: 8/5/2013 11:10:55 AM
My african grey scream all the time and bites us tell we bleed I don't no why and where trying to get her to stop by telling her no and putting her back in her cage and covering her but she still screams and when you let her out she will try to bite you again do you have any idea's i can try thank you.
ann, queens, NY
Posted: 5/25/2012 7:06:34 AM
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