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Old 02-04-2020, 02:50 PM
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Re: Cockatiel has gone quiet after introducing a second one

Dominant doesn't have to be agressive.
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Re: Cockatiel has gone quiet after introducing a second one

Oh, I see. I'm afraid placing them in different cages doesn't help though, as the issue is with Mango's presence generally... I would have to place them in different rooms, but I don't have the opportunity... Would it be better to re-home Mango in this case? Or is he likely to miss Cheeky and feel stressed? I just want both of them to be happy :-)
P.S. Mango's not attached to me at all.

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Re: Cockatiel has gone quiet after introducing a second one

Don't rehome. Try and spend one on one time with each. Try having one caged for a couple of hours, then switching. See if that changes anything.
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Thank you! :-)
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Re: Cockatiel has gone quiet after introducing a second one

By the way, here's a photo of Cheeky (left) and Mango (right).
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Re: Cockatiel has gone quiet after introducing a second one

Beautiful babies!!!! Also Cheeky may just be a quietier bird, he may enjoy listening to Mango and have nothing to add.

You can also think about getting an even larger cage for the two to share.
I have a good article in stress in birds I'll get and share with you. It's good wether or not a bird is stressed.
https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/stress...ot-companions/
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Re: Cockatiel has gone quiet after introducing a second one

They are gorgeous, a pic is worth a thousand words. Perhaps I'm reading too much into the pose, but Mango and Cheeky's body language reads dominance and submission. (I realize it is one snapshot in time!)
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Re: Cockatiel has gone quiet after introducing a second one

I think it's just because Cheeky is sitting further down my arm, but yes, usually Cheeky is usually slouched while Mango is not (it may also be because Cheeky is comfortable while Mango is always scared and alert).
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Re: Cockatiel has gone quiet after introducing a second one

Thank you! I still think it might be dominance, because Mango interrupts him. It's really hard to tell))
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Re: Cockatiel has gone quiet after introducing a second one

Hi Laurasea! Thanks for the wonderful advice you gave me :-) I am keeping them in separate cages now, as well as giving them plenty of out-of-cage time, and Cheeky has started singing and talking again!
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