Post: Another bird?
Posted by Angela on 8/08/07
I had two female cockatiels. Both females were chronic egg
layers, which became very problematic for me. One died
about almost a year ago from an egg tearing through her
uterus. After the one died, my girl got very lonely and
became clingy and anxious. I chose not to get another
cockatiel because I did not want to end up with another
chronic egg laying female and I did not want a male because
I donít want to breed. I asked for advice then and most of
the suggestions told me to get a budgie. I purchased a male
due to my frustrations with egg laying. I purchased him
when he was 8 weeks and now I have had him about half a
year. Their cages are next to each other for company during
the day while I am at work. The problem is my new parakeet
is very aggressive. He seems to show no interest in bonding
with me. He will let me pick him up and pet him but he
makes it very clear that he hates it. The real problem is
that he attacks my female cockatiel if they are ever out of
the cage at the same time. He just runs right at her, beak
open and goes straight for her face. Now I have two
frustrated birds. At the very least, my cockatiel is no
longer as terribly lonely and anxious. She still isnít as
happy as she was before my other cockatiel died. But she at
least has her bond with me. The parakeet has no one. So my
question is thisÖ do I get another parakeet for the male?
Will he then be socially satisfied and not put his focus on
attacking my cockatiel? Or will adding another parakeet
just drive the first oneís defensiveness? Will a third bird
just add conflict? Or will it make my parakeet happy?
Thank you, Angela
Posts on this thread, including this one
Another bird?, 8/08/07, by Angela. Re: Another bird?, 8/24/07, by Donna.