Bird Cages: African Grey Cage Setup

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African Grey parrots are not typically known as very "active" birds, but that doesn't mean they'll be happy in a tiny cage that doesn't allow them ample room to flap their wings, climb and move around.

Your cage set up should ensure that your African Grey's cage has several types of perches, food and water bowls, and lots of different kinds of toys. Make sure the perches are positioned so that droppings don't fall onto toys or water and food bowls below -- allowing bird poo to get onto other items below can be very unsanitary (and, face it, a pain in the butt to clean).

Below are examples of African Grey parrot cage set ups, including examples and photos of African Greys in their cages.

Two African Greys in a Double Cage

Double cages (with or without a divider) are great for multiple birds. Below are two African Grey parrots, Mojo and Shinda, who share a large 7ft x 6ft x 3ft cage. Their double cage is set up with large sisal ropes spanning the length of the cage, naturally knotty wood perches, two cardboard tubes, flat wooden platforms, and food and water bowls positioned along the edges of the cage, along with an assortment of toys.

Henry the African Grey's Dometop Cage

A dometop cage allows a bird plenty of "head room". If your African Grey parrot prefers to perch up high, make sure none of the perches are positioned above the food/water bowls, or move the bowl to the top of the cage. Henry the CAG has plenty of colorful perches and some toys, with a nice amount of space for climbing and moving around, but his owner says she plans to move him into a bigger cage setup soon.

Bart Henry's Large Corner Cage and Play Stand

Bart the Grey spends most of his day out of his cage with his work-at-home parent. His time is split between his large corner cage (which isn't necessarily in a corner - nobody puts Barty in the corner!) and his large manzanita playstand, which is set up next to his cage. Bart likes to take naps on his tree, which has plenty of toys as well as climbing room.

African Grey cage and playstand

Bibi Bird Uses ALL of Her Playtop Cage

Bibi has a playtop cage that includes a large toy hook, and she likes to climb up to the top of the hook to act as a look out and to swing off whatever toy is hanging up there. She uses all of her cage space inside and out. She can be seen on Ustream perched on top of the toy hook practicing her words, running around the top of her playground (practicing her words), climbing the perches placed on the outsides of her cages and playing with her toys inside the cage (while practicing her words).

Hope you enjoyed these photos of African Greys and their cages. As you can see, there are a variety of ways to set up a cage for an African Grey parrot and creativity always pays off.

If you're unsure how large your African Grey parrot's cage should be, check out our parrot cage size chart.

Also check out our cage setup ideas, including more double cages, for large cockatoos and our conure cage page.

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Image credits: All photos used with permission. Big thanks to the contributors -- Top image: Ty by Rebecca K. O'Connor; Images of Mojo, Shinda, and Henry's cages by Pippy; Bottom image: courtesy of Bart Henry

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Leigh Ann January 11, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Great pictures and video! I really like the flat platform perch inside the shared double cage. I think I’ll do that for one of my greys who has a permanant foot injury. Thanks for the tips!

Angela February 1, 2010 at 7:08 am

I love the cage set up – they gave me some good ideas of how to redo my greys cage…even though they are out and flying about for 4 hours a day this will be a great stimulation to have something so creative and new…Thanks :))

caleb July 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm

they are lovely but cant afford ..

yad September 18, 2010 at 6:18 am

how to teach my parrot to repeat the word after me??

Tyler March 3, 2011 at 4:34 am

I love the double cage setup sooooooo much, hey can you do a parakeet cage setup one?

admin March 5, 2011 at 6:58 am

Thanks Tyler. We’ll work on finding some great examples of parakeet cage setups. These little guys very often get put into those small portable cages you can buy at pet shops, and we think those cages are too small even for budgies. Great suggestion!

Colleen Harkins August 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Where can I get a reasonably priced large Manzanita tree like that? If I make one, what kind of wood would be safe?

connie September 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm

great ideas you have but am looking for the prices on these cages also the birds so happen to be greys,want to put them together and do away with 1 cage so make more room,they been together before ,could I get the prices on these cages?

Discount Parrot Supplies October 5, 2011 at 7:33 am

Connie – you can see different cages and their sale prices on our African Grey cages page (check the left-hand navigation bar for cages by size). Here we show other people’s cage setups and those specific cages may not be for sale anymore, but the page linked above shows you prices and where to buy.

Whether or not you put your birds in the same cage really depends on your birds and if they can get along in the same cage. Some birds are fine hanging out together but really need their own space. Keep in mind that when you put two birds in a cage, that cage really needs to be much bigger. For African Greys, you’d at least want a double cage, which may not save you that much room. Also, you want to be aware that putting two birds in the same cage can encourage nesting behavior and may cause the birds to bond with each other more than with you.

Colleen – You can make your own manzanita stand. I don’t have a definitive guide on what woods are safe for birds, but you can google that info and then compare the lists. If there’s any doubt, don’t use it. And be careful about plants that may have been treated with pesticides.

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