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Old 04-22-2010, 11:58 AM
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This is my first thread here,I just registerd cause I need some advise that couldn't find at anyone else's post. So here I go...

I have a Cockatiel for about 5 months, not having a great relationship with each other, not that she (I think its a female) is scared of me. I just think she doesn't like me. She has killed ,in the first couple of days, her fellow cockatiel (an albino one and probalby male) and since then I am a bit typical with her not that I don't treat her right, I am just not over enthusiastic about it. Not as I am with my new ones..

YES 5 days ago I got myself 3 more parrots, don't know why... I was going for a lovebird,got one, and the other day saw a green Indian Ringnet for only 80 euros and bought him (its a male,6 months old) as well as another lovebird (they are so cute).

Went home, put them all three of them together with the cockatiel I already had ( the cage is big enough for the 4 of them). I was afraid of a masacre and had an eye for them for a couple of days but they all seem to be getting along fine. Well to define fine, the 3 new ones all hang out together and the cockatiel is on her own... (maybe her attitude towards me has changed a bit in a possitive way to my surprise).

I am sorry for the length of my post but I needed to talk to a parrot owner to reassure myself that am (or not) on the right track...

So everythings works fine so far, exept for the Indian Ringneck. He seems to like his new surrounding and the 2 lovebirds playing with him. But he never makes any sound... I mean everyone else does... I dont expect him to talk so soon or ever, but I have him about 5 days and I've only heard his voice( someking of a scream) only a couple of times(th first when the petshop owner grabed him from his cage among the other 20 parrots or so...) for just a couple of seconds... The other parrots are singing from 7 o'clock morning till around 8 at night. I mean the lovebirds didn't seem to have a problem relaxing enough so as to sing...(the also fear me of course).

My (first) question is this ,now that I 've explained the situation to all of you that had the courage to keep reading

Is it a good idea to put the Ringneck in a cage alone (near or far from the other 3) ???? Cause he is the one I would like to "bond" with if he lets me since he is the smartest of them and able to talk (from what I read and watch d in the web)...

Looking forward to reading your answers, if any....
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:50 PM
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Re: 1 Cockatiel+2 Lovebirds+1 Indian Ringneck

First of all, welcome to the forums! Have a look around, lots to learn.

That's a good question, I'm not exactly sure. I have not had the pleasure of owning a ringneck, but I have done a boatload of research on them.

They are great aviary birds, so that means they do well with the company of other birds. The only thing that you must make sure of, is that he does not have to compete with the other birds for attention. Ringnecks generally don't do well with competition, they prefer being the only pet. If you wish to keep them together, just make sure that they have plenty of room and that he gets plenty of love.

I hope this was of use to you, I wish you all the best.
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Re: 1 Cockatiel+2 Lovebirds+1 Indian Ringneck

Welcome to the board. I don't have a Ringneck, but I have an Alexandrine which is similar.

We got him from someone who had him in a cage with his older brother (same parents different clutch) so when we decided that my husband "needed" a macaw, we had pretty high hopes that they could share a cage so we got a HUGE one before we brought the RFM home. Well, Max had other ideas about sharing his space. So, he's still in his original cage and Jade has a ginormous one all to herself.

He really doesn't like Jade, even after she made some freindly advances toward him. He's not hostile, but he really doesn't want her close to him. Now she just teases him since she can fly and he can't...yet.

He's very bonded with me and with my 21 year old son, but still doesn't like to be petted or touched. He'll sit on our shoulder for hours just to be with us, but that's as far as it goes with cuddling.

All of that said, every bird is different, so yours may react differently. But I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't want to share his space with the other birds.
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Re: 1 Cockatiel+2 Lovebirds+1 Indian Ringneck

Thanks for your patience to my loooooong post. Maybe its to early to start making conclusions. Does your Alexandrine make any sound? Cause my Ringneck is mute all the time.
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Re: 1 Cockatiel+2 Lovebirds+1 Indian Ringneck

OK, here is my opinion. Lovebirds do not go with cockatiels! Or budgies. When they are younger they seem to get along really well and all of a sudden you have a legless cocktiel. Second, how big is the cage? I have not heard of a cage that could accomendate a ringneck, 2 lovebirds and a cokatiel with out some major injuries and enough flying space for all of them. They have different dietry needs, how are you going to make sure that they eat their own food? Love birds can quite often kill each other if they are introduced in the wrong way. Have you QUARANTINED!? As in keeping them seperate for at least 30 days to make sure they are not carrying illnesses? No? Well be prepared for some sick birds later on. Not saying they will be sick and/or carrying illnesses but please be prepared. I know this may sound harsh but really, it will help you. This is just my opinion.
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Re: 1 Cockatiel+2 Lovebirds+1 Indian Ringneck

Well it sounde a bit harsh but I am not her for the sweet talk... I know I should have put them in quarantine when I first brought them... Than was a mistake I admit it. As far as the relationship between the 4 of, at least for now, it can be described as excellent! The cage is about 1 metre height and 40 cm width and lenght. They seem to be alright in it...

Their diet that you mentioned had never crossed my mind. The seem to eat the same things and the same said the petshop owner when I went to buy them food. PLus I bought yesterday all sorts of fruits to try their likes...
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Re: 1 Cockatiel+2 Lovebirds+1 Indian Ringneck

The cage doesn't sound big enough to me. In the past I have paid the price with pet shop birds and no quarantine... not one lasted a month. My cage is twice as big as yours and 6 budgies are comfortable, though if there was any more there would be fights. If a cockatiel is housed with a lovebird, there should be a heap of space so it can escape it. As there are two.... They may be sweet now together but in a few months you will have injured birds. It is my opinion that they should be housed seperately. That is not enough space for them all in the one cage. Please seperate them and quarantine! It is really your birds best interest.
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Re: 1 Cockatiel+2 Lovebirds+1 Indian Ringneck

I see..... Thanks again for your quick response...

Well I don't see I have any other choice but to separate them...
The other thing I am concerned is my mute Ringneck. He doesnt make a single sound....
He just seats still and eats when hungry... Any clue for the reason of such a behaviour???
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Re: 1 Cockatiel+2 Lovebirds+1 Indian Ringneck

Do you know the history of your ringneck? Was he doing the same when you looked at him at the petshop? If you read my threads about how sick my parrot has been it will shock the daylights out of you. I have spent hundreds on anitbiotics, nebulising and the extra bells and whistles and still Hugo is not a hundred percent. You are making the right choice by seperating them -did they all come from the same petshop? Ratzy is right. I said earlier that it takes time for them to settle, every parrot has their own charactor and adapt differently. Take the birds to the vet for a check up - he would be able to pick up if there was any symptoms of disease. They should go every 6 months. I respect for you admitting you made a mistake - I have made tons of mistakes. We are all here to support you and there are really clued up bird owners on this forum. Take it slow and steady, you going to have a handful with your feathered family. Lovebirds also need lots attention as well as cocketiels. I dont know much about a ringneck's charactor but the internet has lots of info. I, personally, after the cocketiel had killed its mate, would keep the tiel alone, the two lovebirds together - do you know their sexes? If not you might want to check because they can get agressive when maturing and then put the ringneck by itself. Parrots are like children in the sense that they need to be stimulated - the more you handle the ringneck the more he is going to respond to you. Its like being in a room full of strangers, start bonding by giving the ringneck time with you, scratch him, let him sit on your shoulder, feed him titbits from hand etc. There are many threads on this forum that help with taming and training. How long do you spend bonding with each bird?
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Re: 1 Cockatiel+2 Lovebirds+1 Indian Ringneck

Hi Robie

Welcome to the Forum. Good on you for looking for advise... this is a great place to learn!! I think I'm the pessimist in the group and am probably a bit too over-cautious (I think it's from working as a vet nurse for 10 1/2yrs) but if you have any concerns that any of your birds are not behaving normally get them to a vet to rule out illness as being the reason for the silence. Birds are masters at hiding illness.

If you have an avian vet in your area you're best to go there instead of a regular vet as they often have a deeper understanding of nutrition and behaviour than most other vets.

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