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Old 09-11-2011, 10:13 PM
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The woman who I bought Puck from just called me and offered me the other caique she had, which she named "Goofy". I didn't realize she'd had another one. I guess her friend was going to keep Goofy, but decided against it, so she called me to see if I or my mom wanted it, or if we knew anyone.

This one has a foot problem, but it otherwise healthy. She says that she put him in the same cage with a cockatiel, and the cockatiel attacked the caique! I guess the caique just took it and didn't even fight back. He got pretty badly injured and had some sort of back injury, which he had surgery for. She said he completely recovered, but later developed a foot problem (she thinks he got his foot caught in the grate and injured it or something, but doesn't know for sure what happened, my thought is that it could be a nerve thing from the back injury, but I don't know), and seems to have lots some motor control, but uses it a bit and gets around fine, and is otherwise okay.

Neither have been sexed (I'm pretty sure Puck is a boy, and he certainly tries to mate with me, and I don't want babies [well of course I want babies but it wouldn't be responsible]), and they lived in separate cages next to each other. She's offering me Goofy for $250 (she sold me Puck for $450, and originally payed $1400 for each of them).

Pros: I'd really like a friend for Puck, but wasn't planning on doing it for some time, but it would be cool if it was his old friend. I love bird chatter, and I wouldn't feel bad leaving him by himself when I'm not at home. I loooooooooove birds, and will never get tired of them! Also, a great price.

Cons: I don't really have room for another cage in my tiny apartment (not to mention my property management company said I could only have one bird). I'd also be worried about Goofy getting bullied if it's so mellow it wouldn't defend itself, but I don't know how they interact. She said they would chatter to each other all day and like each other a lot.


I called my mom to ask her if she wants Goofy, but she didn't pick up her phone. I don't know what she'll want to do, but it could be cool to each have one, and then have play dates.


What do you guys think of this situation? Would it be okay to put them together? Could I put some sort of divider up in the cage, so they could share it but be separate (I think it's big enough)? Am I crazy? Am I caique crazy?!


I can just see myself when I'm old... I'll be rich and isolated, with a large house full of birds (likely including a guard goose), dogs, and organic food.
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:02 AM
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Re: previous owner offered me Puck's friend

You answered your own Q when u said the landlord said one bird also u said not much room ! But if your mum takes Goofy l can see advantages , play day u & mum sharing a common interest and who knows what the future holds , bigger home of your own .
Good luck , your mum will know best !
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:10 AM
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Re: previous owner offered me Puck's friend

can't you take puck to meet goofy and see how they get on first?
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:00 AM
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Re: previous owner offered me Puck's friend

oh i hope your mum says yes lol but i'd be tempted to ask for a full vet examination before takin on thie other bird, just incase it needs further treatment, as for bein old an surrounded by birds?? etc why not, teach each one a different house hold chore lol

a local farmer was a git for guard geese lol, he placed them into a field where kids took a short cross, across his land
the sight of little children with there poor little legs and arms windmilling, chased by geese honkin an flappin there wings, though funny could have been serious, but all an said, it was the same kids that continued taking that short cross (the fast ones!)
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:37 PM
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Re: previous owner offered me Puck's friend

brighteyes - The property management company said only one bird, but I think that it wouldn't be hard to hide another one, since I have one already. I could just take one out when they do inspections. I might even be able to get them to agree to it if I put down a pet deposit, but I haven't asked yet.

mellykytus - I think the lady would be okay with meeting him first.

suebee - She said she likes the idea and thinks it would be fun, but she is concerned with the responsibility of having another animal to take care of. She already has 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 doves, and a crazy roommate (who gets along GREAT with Puck, haha).

She did suggest the idea that she could cover the new one's expenses, and I could just "babysit a lot"! She suggested that there's nothing in my lease against having feathered visitors.

I've never heard anything against caiques together with each other, just with other species. I'm not exactly sure why she had them separated.
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:46 PM
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Re: previous owner offered me Puck's friend

Trust your Mom but I see no reason u can't take it and it would be company for your other bird. Their are ways to get around the management company too. I say if the bird is ok go for it and give it a shot. Good luck!
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Re: previous owner offered me Puck's friend

Doesn't hurt to ask the management company if it's ok to have a second bird. The worst they can say is no.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:55 PM
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Re: previous owner offered me Puck's friend

I've heard that caiques play rough. Could she have separated them because it was too rough on the injured bird? I've always seen caiques in pairs, someone said because they are so rough that they can only play w/another caique. I would ask the lady how they interacted.
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