Which parrots can coexist with Rosellas in an aviary

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I am planning on buying a house next year with a large property and build a few aviaries. I plan to build the biggest aviaries I can afford. One which would be at least 20x60ft, if not larger (depends on how much money I will have). I also plan to have one aviary dedicated to Rosellas. However, if possible, I would love to mix a few other parrots in there too and have a mixed specie aviary. From the limited research I've been able to do (it's hard to find info about this stuff), it seems like it might be possible to house these parrots in the same aviary as long as there's enough space?
- Rosellas
- Cockatiels
- Budgies
- Bourkes
- Lorikeets
- Quail

It's going to be at least a year before I start building even my first aviary (first one will be for my canaries that I already own), but I'd like to take this time to thoroughly research the parrots that I'm planning on getting and how to properly house them. I have experience with budgies (both standard and english) as well as various finches and canaries, and poultry like quail, ducks, and chickens. I also have experience breeding canaries, quail, and chickens (but I don't plan on breeding any of the parrots I get). So I'm not new to the world of birds (got my first budgies about 10 years ago), but I am new to the world of aviaries. So I'm starting by researching the Rosellas, which are my absolute favorites of the parrots I plan to get. Will they be able to coexist in a large aviary with the other birds that I listed? Or will any of these not get along? Are there any other types of parrots that can live with them too that I didn't mention?

Other questions about Rosellas in aviaries as well:
- What gender ratio is best? Should they be mixed gender, or maybe only one gender to avoid breeding/hormonal aggression?
- How many Rosellas should there be in one aviary? Is it best to only house one pair together, or can there be many together, like budgies and cockatiels that can live in large groups for example?
I'm super excited for the future with my birds. Hoping to find out the most that I can in the meantime.

If I can have a mixed flock, I will put them in the largest aviary. If not, I'll just build a bunch of smaller aviaries and split them. But I feel like having the extra space to fly would be really nice for them all.
 
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I am planning on buying a house next year with a large property and build a few aviaries. I plan to build the biggest aviaries I can afford. One which would be at least 20x60ft, if not larger (depends on how much money I will have). I also plan to have one aviary dedicated to Rosellas. However, if possible, I would love to mix a few other parrots in there too and have a mixed specie aviary. From the limited research I've been able to do (it's hard to find info about this stuff), it seems like it might be possible to house these parrots in the same aviary as long as there's enough space?
- Rosellas
- Cockatiels
- Budgies
- Bourkes
- Lorikeets
- Quail

It's going to be at least a year before I start building even my first aviary (first one will be for my canaries that I already own), but I'd like to take this time to thoroughly research the parrots that I'm planning on getting and how to properly house them. I have experience with budgies (both standard and english) as well as various finches and canaries, and poultry like quail, ducks, and chickens. I also have experience breeding canaries, quail, and chickens (but I don't plan on breeding any of the parrots I get). So I'm not new to the world of birds (got my first budgies about 10 years ago), but I am new to the world of aviaries. So I'm starting by researching the Rosellas, which are my absolute favorites of the parrots I plan to get. Will they be able to coexist in a large aviary with the other birds that I listed? Or will any of these not get along? Are there any other types of parrots that can live with them too that I didn't mention?

Other questions about Rosellas in aviaries as well:
- What gender ratio is best? Should they be mixed gender, or maybe only one gender to avoid breeding/hormonal aggression?
- How many Rosellas should there be in one aviary? Is it best to only house one pair together, or can there be many together, like budgies and cockatiels that can live in large groups for example?
I'm super excited for the future with my birds. Hoping to find out the most that I can in the meantime.

If I can have a mixed flock, I will put them in the largest aviary. If not, I'll just build a bunch of smaller aviaries and split them. But I feel like having the extra space to fly would be really nice for them all.
Of the species listed, budgies cockatiels and quails should be fine to house together. I am not an expert with Bourke's, but of the other species you've listed they are the most likely to be compatible. Having said that though, Bourke's are a more shy and retiring species in general, and budgies can be little bullies, or just a little too keen to make friends, so you may wish to proceed with caution there. Lorikeets with those species would be a very firm "no" from me. I've only ever seen lorikeets in a mixed aviary when said aviary is one of those HUGE walk-through types, like you get at a zoo. Smaller than that, and your larger and very muscular rainbows, red-collars and Asiatic species are generally far too territorial and aggressive to be kept in close quarters with budgies and 'tiels. I have a TINY varied lorikeet, think budgie sized, and he pushes all of my other birds around, if he was a rainbow or anything remotely that size I would not be able to trust him not to do my other birds serious injury. Lorikeets also have a very specialised diet, and it's not good for other birds to have access to their wet or dry nectar foods as they're VERY high in sugar and can lead to many and various health issues. The same is true in reverse in that the types of foods fed to non-nectar eating birds will adversely affect lorikeets.

As for rosellas, a very good friend of mine who breeds various species of birds has described them thusly:

Rosellas - Cranky buggers, will rip the leg off a budgie in a flash
Pionus - the same
Eclectus- you won’t have budgies anymore

Only put budgies with Neophemas and Psephotus grass parrots, Plumheads and that’s all. If you’re planning to breed any of the above, budgies will kill other parrots chicks very easily

... so they would be a "no" too, I'm afraid.

Hopefully some others will weigh in with some help for you too. Hope this helps!
 
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I can't really help but I wanted to ask - are you aware that rosellas belong to the most aggressive parrots? Many people advise against putting them with other bird species. I'm not sure how it works in large aviaries

Out of the mentioned species I'd cross out budgies and Bourkes at first because they are small and they can be easily hurt (I don't mean that others are fine because likely aren't, it's just my first thought what not)
 

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I'm sorry, but you had me rolling at "(depends on how much money I will have)"

Best of luck figuring out logistics, I guess, but maybe figure out your accounting first
 

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Rosella's tend not to go well with other species unfortunately.
All the other species listed are compatible in theory. Off course getting them to all like each other will be impossible but they shouldn't kill each other
 
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I can't really help but I wanted to ask - are you aware that rosellas belong to the most aggressive parrots? Many people advise against putting them with other bird species. I'm not sure how it works in large aviaries

Yes, but from the research I've been able to do, I have seen some people succesfully house them with other species of parrots, which is why I wanted to ask a question here and get confirmation on whether that is something that is normal to do with rosellas or whether it's rare for them to get along. There's not a whole lot of info online regarding compatibility of parrot species in aviaries. But I'm glad I asked here and am able to get more insight on this.

I'm sorry, but you had me rolling at "(depends on how much money I will have)"

Best of luck figuring out logistics, I guess, but maybe figure out your accounting first

I'm not really sure if this is supposed to be a humorous remark or a jab at me to be more 'serious'. I will be buying 5 acres of land and splitting it accordingly between my pet dogs, livestock guardian dogs, cats, chickens, quail, and aviary birds. Fencing in the chickens and dogs will be fairly easy but I've never had to set up cat proof fencing before so I have no idea how much that's gonna cost me in the end. It's just something I'll have to figure out as I do it, especially because my family will be helping me build everything and I don't know how much they will ask to be paid. I like to plan ahead and be informed on whether my ideas are realistic or not for stocking the aviary, which will help me determine the size I need to plan for and whether it's a project I'll be able to take on sooner or will have to wait until later to do. I also need to sort out now how I will stock the aviary, because if the Rosellas can coexist with the other parrots, it would be best for me to get the budgies now, even though I don't have the aviary yet, because I am left with a single lonely budgie who's cage mates have passed away, and I am not sure whether I want more budgies or not. I do not have a desire to have just a cockatiel and budgie aviary. If they cannot coexist with the other parrots I want, I will not be getting them and will be focusing solely on the other species. If they can live together, I'd rather get the budgies now so that my single girl isn't lonely in the meantime. So because of my current situation, it's still important for me to know how I will stock the aviary in the future even if don't have all the accounting figured out yet. I hope you can understand this.

If the rosellas need their own aviary, then so be it. I don't have a problem with that. I'm just trying to figure out what possibilities I have and start preparing for it both mentally and financially.
 

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