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Old 07-11-2019, 01:26 PM
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Hi all! I currently have a wonderful Rosy Bourke, and I've been thinking about getting another bird, but I have some questions. I absolutely would NOT house them together, but would they be ok coexisting with supervised time in my room? I'm a college student, living at home, and I have the time to devote to my birds, but is it possible to have them out in my room together at the same time? If a lovebird is too aggressive would you recommend a different species? I've considered cockatiels and budgies, but I'm concerned about the health effects of so much 'tiel dust in my room, and I'm not a huge budgie fan. Thanks a lot!
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Re: Thinking about adding a lovebird

Im not sure about love birds, no experience with them. But as you aren't avidly set on a love bird as a species, I'd recommend waiting. I know that might sound hard, but you have a lot of life changes ahead of you. You might find waiting until you have your job and settled in your own place. And then a parrot might speak to your soul, that you will enjoy spending the next 25 years with!
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Lightbulb Re: Thinking about adding a lovebird

You could consider parrotlets, linnies, or some of the smaller conures species, or you could acquire an air filter for $50 and adopt a cockatiel (though I realize that college students usually don't have money just laying around).

Does the size of your bird matter more, or the temperament? A larger but calmer bird might coexist with your Bourke better than a smaller and feistier one.

Another option, and probably the least riskiest, would be to adopt another Bourke that would live with or beside your current one.

After quarantine and introduction, if the birds seem to take to each other and aren't aggressive, then I would say that supervised playtime would be fine (keep an extra eye out if the size difference between them is comparable).

P.S: (Make sure to thoroughly research both birds' temperaments and ability to coexist with other species, the cost of adding an extra bird, their life spans which might conflict with big events in your future, and make sure to quarantine and then safely introduce them)

I wish you luck in whatever you choose!
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