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Old 06-28-2020, 02:45 PM
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Keeping more than one parrot?

Hello Friends,

Keeping more than one parrot is Good or Bad? Or two parrots better than one?

I'm planning to buy any two male of these three.
(African grey, Bluefronted Amazon, Sun conure)

Friends please suggest and help me because I'm really confused.

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Old 06-28-2020, 02:48 PM
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Re: Keeping more than one parrot?

2= more complicated than 1, so make sure you can handle 1 because 2 comes with double the time, double the cost and added bonding issues for you (as a human), plus the risk of sexual behaviors between birds (even same gender) which can lead to all sorts of bad behaviors like screaming, aggression etc....They can also (quite literally) fight to the death.

When it comes to the birds you mentioned, if you can't do 1 (which is the same as a human toddler, btw) do not do 2....

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Old 06-28-2020, 02:56 PM
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Re: Keeping more than one parrot?

They would need to be housed separately in VERY large cages and you would need 3-4 hours time to allow each out of the cage (supervised) without the other around- in the event that they do not get along..so, in theory, to be humane, 8 hours of out-of-cage/ interaction time daily for both combined...6 MINIMUM.....Also, babies will almost always get along....the problem comes at puberty/after sexual maturity, which will happen at different times for different species and last for a lifetime in many cases).

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Old 06-28-2020, 03:50 PM
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Re: Keeping more than one parrot?

IMO if you have the time, space, and educate yourself, it's good for the birds to have a flock mate. Someone to chatter back and forth with. Not necessarily be mates or even friends. But the company of another bird goes a long way when you're at work.

Same size birds are easier to deal with. I have 2 of mine that are similar sized in the same room. They chatter back and forth all day. If my Goffin gets out, she opens my Amazon's door and I find them both companionably sitting on the same cage.
Also, as Noodles has said though, even same sized birds can fight and/or dislike each other. It's a gamble you have to be ready to deal with.

My macaw is so much larger, the danger of one of them accidently getting on his cage is real, so he's in a separate room.

Just realize, if they are both young when you get them, they may bond and exclude you to a degree, or entirely depending on their bond.
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:25 AM
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Re: Keeping more than one parrot?

It depends...2 is good if you work long shifts, but then again...pic related.
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Re: Keeping more than one parrot?

Never in a million years:

To buy two parrots at the same time, and try to bond with and train them both? Forget it.

MAYBE if you kept them isolated from each other in different rooms and MAYBE if you didn’t work and you have all day to devote to this, and MAYBE if you had more experience with parrots...

But WHY!? Do you think two is better than one? For most people, one is a LOT better than two!

Don’t do it.
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Re: Keeping more than one parrot?

two can be ok if you say have a year between them.....so you learn one bird then you both learn another. When people collect birds like cats.....unless they can be home 24/7 I dunno if I like. I don't want to state an all encompassing opion because some make it work...

I think it has more to do with how much you want each individual bird you want to see you as the master flock leader......or the human that comes by and feeds us.

1 or 2 seems right to me....if you want a bird on you all the time watching youtube and netflix. And helping you make the bed do chores etc. 1 or 2 is like the perfect flock for s single individual.

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Old 06-29-2020, 12:16 PM
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Re: Keeping more than one parrot?

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two can be ok if you say have a year between them.....so you learn one bird then you both learn another. When people collect birds like cats.....unless they can be home 24/7 I dunno if I like. I don't want to state an all encompassing opion because some make it work...

I think it has more to do with how much you want each individual bird you want to see you as the master flock leader......or the human that comes by and feeds us.

1 or 2 seems right to me....if you want a bird on you all the time watching youtube and netflix. And helping you make the bed do chores etc. 1 or 2 is like the perfect flock for s single individual.
Puberty also changes everything, so age is huge...but ether way...wouldn't get 2 large birds at 1x if I wanted a personal bond...and either way, would house desperately.
I would never get 2 at once EVER...but even less so if I had no experience with owning large birds.

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Re: Keeping more than one parrot?

Greys are the best! Do you know there are two types? Congo and Timneh? The Congos are a little bigger.

I had a Congo that died from egg-binding, and it’s all my wife’s fault. One day, I will tell the story here.

Look for a YOUNG bird, or one that readily steps onto your hand. DON’T buy a bird that seems very scared of you. It is not your responsibility to “save” a problem bird, and don’t be tempted by a low cost. You don’t need or want the aggravation! Look for a friendly bird who LIKES you, even if it ISN’T a Gray!

Parrots aren’t like cats and dogs. They’re not going to suddenly change their opinion of you after a day.

Below is a photo of my Yellow Nape Amazon, 15 months, after eating sweet potato.
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Re: Keeping more than one parrot?

Quote: Originally Posted by Ira7 View Post
Greys are the best! Do you know there are two types? Congo and Timneh? The Congos are a little bigger.

I had a Congo that died from egg-binding, and it’s all my wife’s fault. One day, I will tell the story here.

Look for a YOUNG bird, or one that readily steps onto your hand. DON’T buy a bird that seems very scared of you. It is not your responsibility to “save” a problem bird, and don’t be tempted by a low cost. You don’t need or want the aggravation! Look for a friendly bird who LIKES you, even if it ISN’T a Gray!

Parrots aren’t like cats and dogs. They’re not going to suddenly change their opinion of you after a day.

Below is a photo of my Yellow Nape Amazon, 15 months, after eating sweet potato.
Definitely i would love to hear the story of your gray parrot.
I have heard from many people that female parrots have a lot of egg-binding problems. Is that true?
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