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Re: Will these two birds get along???

Posted by Dave on 3/02/07
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    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