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Old 07-08-2011, 06:20 PM
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Cage mates?

So I know I've mentioned a few times I've considered getting another conure as a cage mate for Pi but I've been hesitant because I absolutely do not want to run any risk of breeding.

I recently found a local breeder who has chattering lories on eggs. A baby wouldn't be ready to come home for several months but before I even contact her, I wondered ... Is it possible to house a conure and lory together in the same cage?

They have very different dietary needs but they'd be about the same size. There wouldn't be a risk of breeding but I've read that lories can be aggressive towards other birds. Would it be that way for a pair of birds that grew up together? Would they try to eat each other's food if they were in the same cage? What other problems might occur?

I haven't contacted the breeder or anything. I'm just pondering at this point. Any thoughts of advice?
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Re: Cage mates?

I would be concerned that that they would try to eat eachother's food. Lories are very different from most parrots, but I dont have experience. I wouldn't do it.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:24 PM
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Re: Cage mates?

Yeah, lories eat a nectar based diet and Pi is on pellets with dried fruit and seeds. The more I think about it, the more I feel I'd rather get a seperate cage for a second bird regardless of what type it is.
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Re: Cage mates?

It's a smart idea. Playtime together, separate cages?
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:02 AM
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Re: Cage mates?

I've heard horror stories about lories... people at pet paradise told me one time they had a cockatoo out on his stand and 2 of the lories beat the snot out of him... for no reason. They flew from their perches and knocked him onto his back and did some pretty bad damage. :/
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:04 AM
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Re: Cage mates?

Wow. That's crazy. Okay scratch that plan then.

I got Pi that big cage because I was like BIGGER IS BETTER but I don't want her to be lonely either. I don't like living alone so why would she?
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:52 AM
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Re: Cage mates?

I don't think Pi will get lonely as long as you find her plenty of things to do. A lot of people have single parrot homes. Besides, don't you want her to be your cuddle bud? You might get jealous if she likes the other bird better than you.
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:06 PM
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Re: Cage mates?

A lot of this started because Mom gave me a guilt trip over how I've taken an animal that belongs in the wild, flying free with a flock of her own kind and put it in a cage all by itself. That was in response to me saying it was cruel to declaw a cat. Mom says what I'm doing to Pi is no different.

Obviously I can't set her free. She would die.

She is my buddy though. You're right. I would be jealous if she loved the other bird more than me. Then I'd be coming here complaining that I lost my feathery friend and I've been reduced to mere zoo keeper status in my own home.

Would you believe that little terror has adopted the new kitten though? I rescued this 5 week old kitten from the heat and brought him inside. He's a little over 6 weeks old now and he's started exploring more of the house. This afternoon I found him curled up on top of Pi's cage and Pi nestled in against him, preening his tail!

I wanted to get a photo but when I came back with the camera they'd separated. Typical. Brats.Soooo, I've got to be doubly aware now. Courage ignores Pi altogether. Hannibal cured Courage's curiosity about birds. But I don't want the little guy to get any ideas and accidentally bite her or something.
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Re: Cage mates?

Psh... she doesn't know anything but you. You didn't take her from the wild, as far as she knows, this is how it's supposed to be!! Just spend time with her ^^ you're her flock. I think as long as you keep an eye on the two that it may be okay... maybe put a kitty bed on top of Pi's cage for the cat so that there's still *something* separating them

Edit// talk about weird pairings, Lucy's best bud is my bearded dragon Osiris... and he's just too lazy to care. He'll hiss and puff up his beard at her when she nibbles him, but that's it... and it doesn't help, she thinks it's funny lol
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Re: Cage mates?

I need to get a video camera and record Pi and Jetty. I've never seen anything like it.
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