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Old 03-16-2016, 02:28 AM
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Second galah to keep the first galah company?

I have a female galah, between 10 and 20 years old. She is tame, and comes inside to play for about half an hour to an hour each evening.

Iím thinking of getting another galah to keep her company during the day, because we are at work/school all day, so she is alone a lot of the time. She is in a large aviary, with plenty of room for another bird.

Has anyone done anything similar and have any stories to share?
I'm worried about the birds not getting along, or possibly ruining the bond we have with our current Galah? But I also don't like the thought of her being lonley. I'm also wondering how much more work having a second bird is!

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Old 03-16-2016, 04:37 AM
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Re: Second galah to keep the first galah company?

It's a roll of the dice, unfortunately. The best case scenario they get on well and keep each other company, and the worst they hate each other and the time you do have with them gets divided in half because they can't be out together. You won't know until you try it with the individual personalities.

I do sympathise. I weighed it up carefully and decided the time she has in her own when I'm at work is compensated for by the quality of time she has when I'm home, so I've kept to just having the one bird. Lots of others do make it work with multiple birds one way or another.
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Old 03-16-2016, 04:57 AM
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Re: Second galah to keep the first galah company?

Thanks for your reply Jayyj.
I hadn't actually previously considered a second bird. But my mum came across a very sad looking galah in a Tiny cage, who was up for sale having come from a deceased estate. She said he looked so sad, and she desperately wanted to rescue him from the tiny cage, with the idea of him keeping Whirly company.
Latest news is she has just picked him up and currently at vets having him screened for diseases.
So looks like I have got that second galah!
Hope it works out... Wish me luck!
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Re: Second galah to keep the first galah company?

Don't forget to do a 'quarantine period' - better safe than sorry IMO.

Test results will take a while to come back and sometimes not 100% conclusive. If you are not sure what's involved please ask here or search, be pleased to help.

Sensibly it will give time to assess the new bird also. Get a feel for him, what kind of life is he used to. I couldnt just put mine out in an aviary, he is very people orientated.

You may have to do some food adjustments depending on what he's been fed on previously, can take a little while and some perseverance to get them onto a healthy diet which is especially important for RB2's as I'm sure you know.

Let us know how it's going though?
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Old 03-16-2016, 09:24 AM
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Re: Second galah to keep the first galah company?

As jayyj said- it's a roll of the dice....I took in a second Galah last year and they do not get along... well, they get along enough to live peacefully in a divided cage but if they get near each other then there could be trouble....but that's like if one is out and she's climbing on top of the cage and starts stuff- so the two of mine require supervision at times.

Now, just because they don't care for each other doesn't mean they haven't benefited from one another's company..... there's less contact calling, less screeching, one has learned to play more, and one is overcoming some things.... so they've both benefited in some ways from living next to each other despite the fact that they could care less about the other lol

The other chance is that they'll totally adore each other and life will be grand lol

If you do decide to get a second galah, do it without expectations.....
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Re: Second galah to keep the first galah company?

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As jayyj said- it's a roll of the dice....I took in a second Galah last year and they do not get along... well, they get along enough to live peacefully in a divided cage but if they get near each other then there could be trouble....but that's like if one is out and she's climbing on top of the cage and starts stuff- so the two of mine require supervision at times.

Now, just because they don't care for each other doesn't mean they haven't benefited from one another's company..... there's less contact calling, less screeching, one has learned to play more, and one is overcoming some things.... so they've both benefited in some ways from living next to each other despite the fact that they could care less about the other lol

The other chance is that they'll totally adore each other and life will be grand lol

If you do decide to get a second galah, do it without expectations.....
Great quote getwozzy and couldn't agree more.

I have a touch of MBS but cannot go there unfortunately, not without being unfair.
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Re: Second galah to keep the first galah company?

Thanks! I think that's where some folks get themselves into trouble- they get a bird with a set of expectations of the bird or the situation and the complete opposite happens and then the bird or owner (or sometimes both) suffer in some way.... so it's best to go into things without expectations.....it's hard to do that, but that's where the unconditional love thing sorta comes in to play as well
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Thanks! I think that's where some folks get themselves into trouble- they get a bird with a set of expectations of the bird or the situation and the complete opposite happens and then the bird or owner (or sometimes both) suffer in some way.... so it's best to go into things without expectations.....it's hard to do that, but that's where the unconditional love thing sorta comes in to play as well
You're welcome!

Exactly and probably why I come out on here as a bit negative to these sorts of questions. Rose tinted specs are OK in their proper place, not concerning bird ownership IMO.
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Re: Second galah to keep the first galah company?

Vet says 'Frank' is in good condition and as long as tests come back clear, then 3 weeks quarantine. I haven't met him yet (mum took him back to her place for tonight), but she says he has been very amiable and affable throughout the whole ordeal!
He is a little overweight. Im guessing he was on a seed diet, so I'll have to change him over to pellets
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Vet says 'Frank' is in good condition and as long as tests come back clear, then 3 weeks quarantine. I haven't met him yet (mum took him back to her place for tonight), but she says he has been very amiable and affable throughout the whole ordeal!
He is a little overweight. Im guessing he was on a seed diet, so I'll have to change him over to pellets
Hi and hello to Frank lol.

That's good he's a happy fella. Re overweight issue and seed diet, please be aware that he is at risk of fatty liver disease, RB2's are prone to it and they love their seed! I guess you also feed fresh veggies/chop/sprouts to your own RB2 already.Frank seeing your RB2 eat will help with the change over to a healthier diet IMO.
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