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Old 12-10-2013, 06:57 PM
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Re: Company for a lone bird

I have my weiros inside, when I bring my galah inside, we stop and say "hello" but neither the weiros nor her seems the slightest bit interested in each other. She is not far from them and they don't talk to each other or anything. She is only interested in me. I'd need to set up some type of camera and leave her inside to see whether they start relating if I go out. If they don't, then it won't be changing her situation, she might just do whatever she does now, amuse herself.

I'd heard/read/been told that small birds can feel intimidated by bigger birds, so I'd also consider that if looking at finches or little birds. You wouldn't want them to have a stressful life if they fear being lunch all the time (if what I was told is correct)
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:35 PM
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Re: Company for a lone bird

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I've been thinking a lot about this recently and was wondering what experiences people have had?

At the moment I'm working more or less full time. I get up early enough to spend a couple of hours with Alice before work, and once I'm home she can be out and about all evening, so she gets lots of time with me, but it's still heartbreaking to be trying to leave for work and see her clinging to the bars calling for me. She has a huge cage and dozens of toys which get changed out regularly, and to be fair if I unexpectedly go back into the flat ten minutes later she's far more likely to be sat next to a toy than still clinging to the bars. The tv is left on - even if I'm home she prefers the tv or music to be on. Still I keep thinking if there's more I could be doing to make her day easier.

So, the remaining option seems to be some sort of company for her. I don't really want another large parrot that would be dependent on me for quality of life: I appreciate the problems that can occur introducing a second bird and honestly as a companion bird Alice is all I need. But I wonder whether a pair of smaller birds that would have each other for company but provide a bit of chatter - and make Alice feel like part of a flock even if her preferred person isn't about all the time - might be something that would improve things for her.

I'm thinking smaller birds, not bigger than cockatiel size, as space is not unlimited and I'd want them to be in a generous cage for the size of bird, particularly if there are two in the same cage.

So, anyone able to relay experiences, potential problems etc? Any way this could backfire?
I'm going to jump in with my .02 worth. Don't ever get a companion bird for your companion bird. In truth your companion parrot is really only interested in you. Yes they find enrichment interacting with other birds BUT your the center of their universe. They can adapt to your schedule and will adjust to your life style. The important thing is you. I can leave my hen nape for months while i'm away working out of town. Sure she misses me and has the support of my family and other flock members, but there's no substitute for me. Don't get another bird to "fill" some void you perceive.Socialize,socialize,socialize.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:40 AM
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Re: Company for a lone bird

Henpecked, thanks for your response - that was always my understanding of adding a second bird, which is why I'd wondered about getting a pair, so that was my reasoning as to adding a pair rather than a single bird, so I wouldn't be the center of their universe. Although I'd always try to find time for another bird I don't want Alice to feel like she's competing for attention, and I don't think it would be fair on the other bird if I constantly went to Alice when she wanted me. It's ironic, if I didn't work it would probably be easy to have a second!

I'm kind of leaning toward keeping things as they are at the moment and concentrating on getting her able to come out with me occasionally to reduce the time she spends on her own. Butas a last point, what do people think about keeping pairs of birds rather than a single one in terms of ability to entertain themselves? How much human interaction would a pair need? I realize this is very species dependent but I'm thinking of whether a pair of birds such as linnies or parrotlets would be happy with an hour or so human time, training and entertainment ,as long as they had each other? the rest of the time?

Thanks to everyone for chiming in, your expertise is always appreciated.
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