On 7/30/08, G.G. wrote:
> Is there any other species that can be paired with them. maybe not
> in the same cage all day, but if I was to get one and let them out
> together. I don't want anything bigger. But another lovebird,
> conure, or even a parakeet nearby could be great company I suppose.
> I just miss my lovebird so much and I would love to have a conure.
> I've just fallen in love with birds period since I got my lovebird.
> Eventually I plan to build a house where I grew up and build a walk-
> in avairy or screen in the porch and raise a few pairs of birds.
> I've always wanted to do something like that.
If you decide on anything other than another Tiel, don't ever try to
have them share a cage. Especially not a Lovebird. Tiels are very
laid back, easy going birds. Other birds, even if smaller than a
Tiel, have been known to injure them severely, or worse. Especially
Lovebirds. Sweet as they can be, they can be holy terrors towards
other, less agressive birds. So, if you want another Tiel, after
quarantine and after a proper get acquainted period, they may decide
to start spending time together in one cage. But, it must be their
decision, not yours. If you suddenly start plopping one inside the
other's cage, you might end up with some cage protectiveness and the
squabbling that goes with that. If you want another Lovie, a
Parakeet, or anything else, plan to always have separate cages for
them, and never leave them out at the same time, unsupervised. As
for breeding, I'd urge you to first really research all that is
involved like hand feeding, the dangers of an inexperienced person
trying to hand feed and so on. Also, keep in mind how many unwanted
birds there are out there already and decide if it's a good idea to
be breeding more instead of adopting. Just food for thought. Good
luck with you choice.