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Re: Will these two birds get along???

Posted by Shirley on 3/03/07
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    Dave,
    Thank you for your quick response! I have seen the new bird.
    It is a Nanday Conure. Very pretty. I have had a sun conure
    before, so I know about conures. This one is not being kept
    under the best circumstances - wrong perch size, food, etc. I
    would love to "save" it, though I still question bringing this
    bird into my happy home. BTW, this bird is very territorial
    and took a good nip out of my hand - I did have it on my arm
    within a few minutes. It has not been handled properly - this
    woman is not a bird person and runs from it screaming "shut
    up!" I am so on the fence about this. Any thoughts?

    On 3/02/07, Dave wrote:
    > On 3/02/07, Shirley wrote:
    >> I have an African Grey, and my husband called me from work
    >> this morning with startling news: honey, we're getting
    >> another bird tomorrow! I couldn't believe it, especially
    >> coming from him, but he says the bird, which is green with
    >> a black head and purple front, was rescued by a coworker
    >> who is not a bird person. (I know of the dangers of
    >> taking on a rescued bird) Any ideas as to what kind of
    >> bird this is? I do plan to quarentine, but after
    >> everything checks out, how do I introduce this male
    >> newcomer to my female Gracie? Or do I want to? Can two
    >> birds get along? Will they bite each other? I have seen
    >> pictures of more than one bird on the same perch. How do
    >> you train birds of different breeds to get along? Any
    >> advice from multiple bird owners would be greatly
    >> appreciated!
    >>
    >> Shirley
    >
    > There's lots of parrots with those colors so it's hard to
    > identify right now. Quarantining the bird is the normal and
    > right thing to do. I'm sure you want to introduce them to
    > each other. Whether 2 birds will get along is a question
    > that can't be answered with a definite yes or no because all
    > parrots have different personalities. That would even apply
    > to introducing another grey to Gracie. Maybe they will,
    > maybe not. If they don't get along they'll bite each other.
    > If they do get along they might still bite each other.
    > Maybe, maybe not. All parrots bite each other at times.
    > There's no way to *train* a bird to like another bird. Pics
    > of birds on the same perch means that the birds get along
    > with each other. People who do that have taken the time to
    > find out whether those birds will sit shoulder to shoulder.
    > The best way to see how each bird reacts to the other is
    > simply to have 2 cages --one bird to a cage in the same room
    > and then let them get used to the fact that there's another
    > bird there. All of that takes time and you should take your
    > time and not put time limits on things. Eventually, they can
    > be let out to be together but you can't force the issue. At
    > first, they should have separate playstands. If they don't
    > get along, they'll need their own space so that they don't
    > conflict with each other. That's when playstands are not
    > next to each other. Loads of people here have many birds in
    > the same house. That's also very normal. As far as what kind
    > of bird it is, simply post pics of the bird or find pics of
    > different parrots to compare to. Thousands of pics are
    > available on the net.------Dave