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                                                                 How to Breed African Greys 
 
                (Psittacus erithacus erithacus)

             Jean (The African Queen) Pattison
                    6615 New Tampa Highway

                    
    Lakeland, Florida 31815 U.S.A.

My dream was to have three pairs of Greys and three pairs of Senegals (Poicephalus senegulus senegalus ). As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for". I started trying to breed African parrots in 1984. Early on I noticed very obvious behavior patterns in the Senegals. Having so many pairs, I learned what displays, behavior patterns and body language came to mean. I had the five pairs of greys about the time I got the Senegals figured out and since my production wasn't good on the greys, I would apply some of what the Senegals had taught me. well, as we all know, the only real outward displays greys show are phobias and plucking. after that it's anybody's guess what they are thinking or why they do some of the things they do. Little did I know I really had my work cut out for me.