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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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How can i know if they have yellow eyes or not and how can i differentiate between male or female ?
Norhan, International
Posted: 4/18/2015 1:48:09 AM
I live in Long Beach Ms an I'm looking for African Grey I've been wanting one for A while now I'm on disability an I can't spend a lot on one please let me Know Of any for sale 2282247848
Melissa, long beach, MS
Posted: 10/22/2014 4:55:55 PM
i have both male and female african greys i,ve never mated them yet the female is 9 he is 10 for the past 2 years she has been laying eggs twice a year she has 5 each time the last one is always smaller she has just laid 2 one last week and one today i would like to mate them but not sure if they will fight plus i don,t no when to mate them has you say normally october but it is september and has to could you please forward me any information on what to do thankyou'
lorraine, International
Posted: 9/22/2014 1:30:10 PM
Thanks for sharing all of your wisdom and knowledge regarding African Greys. My question is until what age will a hen be reproductive until? A hen becomes mature in regards to fertility and laying at around 5 or so but i havent been able to find any discussion about at what age are the no longer laying ? Do they eventually reach an avian menopause so to speak? So what age will a hen reproduce healthy offspring until?
Mark, Honolulu, HI
Posted: 9/11/2014 1:27:46 AM
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