gregandcarolyn asked in PetsBirds · 1 decade ago

Experienced Congo African Grey Owner/Breeder ?

I recently just purchased two Congo African Grey's, male and female. I do NOT want to breed them because I'm pretty clueless on that and it just seems like too much work. I wanted to know if these two have been together for a while (not sure how long) can I separate them? Right now they aren't as tame as I want them to be and that's because they are breeding birds, I just want to focus on my male and get rid of the female (she is vicious!) Does anyone know if I can separate them, or will that make them sick and kill them? They don't seem to get along at all she bites Ringo all the time and he bites her. I don't want them together!


The birds have been socialized, they were both hand fed as babies and they both talk up a storm. The male knows how to step up he just doesn't want to do it yet because I just got him Sunday. I'm confident that I can work with the male and get him more tame, but I need to do this without the female. I just need to know if they'll be okay after the seperation. I don't want anything to happen to them.

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    I have six special-needs greys, dealt with breeder greys, and raised grey babies.

    I could go into some long discussion about this question, but my answer really depends on a few things.

    1. Why did you buy this pair of breeder birds if your intent is to have a pet?

    2. Have they produced chicks in the past, and how long have they been together?

    3. Did the person you bought them from tell you that they didn't get along?

    4. Are they in a new cage, what's the size, and where is it located in your house?

    5. What's your plan for the female?

    I wonder if they really do get along, but they are so stressed out they're fighting. Moving a breeding pair of greys can really upset them. Breeding greys also like a lot of privacy.

    I'm not sure that you'll ever get the companion you want. If they really are attached to each other (even if the fight) I'm sure it would upset them. The male may "make friends" with you, but he may always be aloof and yearn for the company of another grey.

    I can recommend two people for you search articles. One is Jean Pattison, who is a well-know breeder of African greys. Her website is: but also Google her for articles.

    The other is Pamela Clark, who used to breed and has a real insight on greys as companions. My favorite articles by her are at Also at that website are articles by Jane Hallander.

    Good luck

    Source(s): Avian vet tech, groomer, African grey rehabber
  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Not being as tame as you'd like them to be can mean many things.

    How old are they?

    The comfort of one another will give them security for a little while, until they get used to you & your new home.

    Were they selling as breeding pairs? If they were you can contact the seller & ask how long they have been together.

    You can TRY & separate them if you wish to. All you need to do is have a second cage ready. Place one of the AG in the second cage, push the cages together so if they're used to living together they can still have that feeling of being together, but they will be in separate cages.

    If they're quite young then you can certainly still work with them in taming them.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If in fact these birds are paired for breeding and have bred before, no they should never be separated and yes, is likely they will morn for the other and could become sick and could die.

    Breeder's don't make so called "Pet Birds"

    Breeder's don't handle their breeding pair's.

    Breeder's are not tame. Breeder's breed and lay egg's and hatch baby's sold for profit.

    Don't expect a nice and tame bird if you have bonded and paired breeder birds, won't happen.

    read about greys and bredder's here

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Separating them won't kill them, but it might make them start plucking. Greys do not react well to change and/or stress, and by separating them, you're providing both. And I doubt very seriously you can tame (to pet-level) any bird that was originally intended for breeding (and therefore never tamed or socialized).

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  • 4 years ago

    Need to call a avian vet asap. could have many things wrong. Crop problems, belly problems. Don't wait as birds go down hill very fast. Try feeding less amount at a time. make sure formula is right temp. Until get to vet keep warm and quiet.

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