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How Do I Stop My African Grey From Guarding His Cage Door?
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How Do I Stop My African Grey From Guarding His Cage Door?

I would like to know how I can get my male Timneh not to be too territorial around his cage cause he’s a real sweetheart and a mush when he’s not guarding his cage door.


He will be 7 in June.


Thank you.





Hi Barbara​​


Try putting a grooming perch on the inside of the cage door.


African ringneck parakeet on grooming perch attached to bird cage door


This allows the bird to be on the cage without being in the cage​.


We use a grooming perch so the bird can do a little happy dance when getting out of the cage trimming the nails and possibly the beak.


Additional “door” perches can be introduced until you find the right set up.


African ringneck parrot in cage with door open grooming perch on inside of door


Keto our rescue ringneck


I would need to see an image of the entire cage to better assess and make suggestions.


Happy holidays


Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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