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Post: Another bird?

Posted by Angela on 8/08/07

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    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?
    Please advise.

    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.