However, if you really want to make sure of the birds’ sexes, you may have them undergo DNA testing.
Now, some dealers may try to sell you a pair of birds packaged as “bonded” (in human terms, bonded may refer to being “in a relationship”); however, it would be prudent if you verify this for yourself.
African Grays typically lay from one to three eggs per clutch; so ensuring that you get two or three each breeding not only makes your efforts more efficient, it also maximizes your profits from the sale of young Grays.
Fortunately, African Grays breed all year round, so it’s possible to have multiple clutches in a single year.
However, do not overdo it: egg-laying and chick rearing can be particularly hard on the hen.
Reputable pet shops will also (most of the time) sell accurately-sexed specimens, which is another good reason to get your stock from such dealers.
The popularity of African Gray Parrots holds a lot of potential for owners looking to support their passion for the bird by becoming a breeder and trader of African Grays.
The good news is that this endeavor can become very lucrative if carried out carefully; however, there are no hard and fast guidelines that are 100% foolproof to make such an enterprise a success.
Experienced breeders, though, agree on a number of pointers that, arguably, can be used as a comfortable base for embarking on your very own African Gray Parrot breeding enterprise: To make sure you get excellent young birds from your breeding pair, it is imperative to procure said pair from a reputable dealer.
This will make it probable that you are getting genetically-superior stock, which traits your future African Grays will inherit.