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Old 08-06-2012, 05:43 PM
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Advice please!!

In April of 2011, I adopted a 7 yr female Timneh, who the previous owner creatively named, "Timi." Timi was purchased through a pet store as a youngster and placed into a cage with a wild caught Timneh named "Duke" for more than 5 years before the owner gave them to the shelter. Timi and Duke were separated due to the strict rules within the shelter of absolutely no breeding. According to the foster mother that was caring for Timi when I adopted her, Timi was quite distraught at the separation, as was "Duke" and Duke was placed in another adopted home. 18 months later, I find out that Duke was not male, but female and is up for adoption. I'm seriously considering adopting "Duke" and reuniting them. This is a very unique situation. Timi is healthy and happy.. we love her very much and we want her to stay happy! We adopted a female congo as well about 6 months after Timi. It took Timi a while to adjust to sharing our attention with another bird, but she is managing well now. Would it be wise or unwise to reunite them? Does anyone have any experience in a situation similar to this? What might some drawbacks be?
I would seriously appreciate any thoughts!
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:06 PM
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Re: Advice please!!

IMPO if it were me and i thought i could handle both then i would get the other but thats me. You are going to get all kinds of different reactions to this post. You are ultimately going to have to go with your gut on this one and what you think you can handle. Why was duke returned? Makes me wonder if she is still not doing well. Im never a fan of splitting up bonded birds, its a tragedy for both. Birds often thrive when they have a feathered companion. At least you know they would get along and that they are both female so you dont have to worry about breeding. I think you have been able to develop a good relationship with the the one you have, adding the other probably wont change that since they are not a breeding pair. Let us know what you decide, good luck in your decision.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:12 PM
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Re: Advice please!!

The draw backs/rewards, pros/cons are going to be an endless list. Unfortunately the outcome is not going to be able to be weighed because the outcome is unknown with multiple results. Results that you will never know unless it was done. Unfortunately its a very unpredictable thing to add a bird to the house, no matter the history of the bird.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:35 PM
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Re: Advice please!!

I would like to hear what you decide... and see how things go. Good luck in whatever you decision is.
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Re: Advice please!!

Ask yourself

do I have the funds to care for 3 greys?

do I have the time to spend with them (they needs lots of stimulation)

do I have the room for 3 large cages?

what am I going to do to keep them from breeding?

are my lungs in good shape in order to deal with the huge amt. of feather dust?

do I like to cook for birds?

is there an avian vet near by?

do I have the knowledge to provide an enriching home for 3 greys?

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