Can an untame cagemate cause tame bird to untame?
(London, Ontario, Canada)
Will my very tame Cinnamon GC Conure become untame because her cage mate (a territorial and "bitely" parrotlett is untame? Right now it seems to be working but the little Parrotlet goes crazy when I take the tame Cinnamon conure out. She seems greatful just to be out of there with him at times. They are both about 6 months old or so. She can handle herself due to her size and actually preens this little grumpy guy but when a human approaches , he goes bizerk!! (not to sound too calloused but, should I "ditch" the Parrotlett and get a better cage mate for my sweet conure? I got him in "the bird bargain bin" with the story that he was beign picked on. I think the real story was that he was picking on others and was seperated. Ironically if I use a glove , I can take this bird out (Terrible Ernie, as we call him) and put him on my shoulder. He'll climb to the back of my neck and hide under a curl of my hair, peeking out. He's like a little kid in his terrible two's and I doubt that it is going to change. Now Camilla is a "bird broach" and you just stick her on and you can go anywhere, do anything in or out. She's not wildly playful but more of a cuddler. I just don't want Ernie tyranical ways to influence her or scare her into acting meaner. HELP!!!