cockatoo n lorikeet

i have a lorikeet n have had him for a little over a year n he is really good... but i have also invested in a baby sulfur crest cockatoo & i am wondering if they will get along or will they fight for affection... i love animals very much but cant seem to get this question answered straight
thanx
krystal

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Feb 10, 2010
lorikeet n cockatoo
by: krystal

thanx for the help

Feb 08, 2010
cockatoo n lorikeet
by: Linda

Hello and thanks for writing. This is an easy question to answer and cannot understand why you have not already had it answered.

FIRST OF ALL, YOU CANNOT KEEP THESE TWO IN THE SAME CAGE, EVER. Since their sizes will be so different, you will have to keep them in separate cages. The Cockatoo needs a very large cage that is well made and escape proof. Toos are the best escape artists in the world, so he'll need a nice heavy cage with strong bars and a good door locking system. HQ has some nice cages for the larger birds and AVOID THE WHITE OR BRASS COLORED ONES BECAUSE OF THE HIGH LEVELS OF ZINC THEY HAVE IN THE POWDER COAT PAINT. We have am HQ double Macaw cage for our 2 Amazons, and it is dark green and is within safe limits on both lead and zinc.

Your Lorikeet already has his own cage, I assume, so you are okay there. The Too will have to have a much larger cage though. Depending on whether your bird is medium or the larger Sulphur Crest, will determine size of cage. A nice, roomy Amazon/Grey size cage will be okay for the medium sulphur crest, while you'll have to buy a Cockatoo/Macaw cage if your bird is the larger of the SC Toos. Buying a cheap, too small cage will result in your bird tearing it up to get out. Too cages have to be sturdy, and sometimes require padlocks on doors to prevent escape as they are so quick to learn how to open things.

As for them being friends, you will need to watch them ALL THE TIME WHEN THEY ARE OUT OF CAGES. This does NOT mean to let them out and walk away to another room. THIS MEANS WATCH THEM ALL THE TIME THEY ARE OUTSIDE CAGES TOGETHER AS THE LARGER BIRD MAY DECIDE TO HURT THE SMALLER, AND BOTH BIRDS CAN BE VERY BADLY INJURED OR KILLED.

Your new Too baby will have to be taken to an Avian Vet in your driving area soon as you can get an appointment. Baby birds are highly susceptible to bacterial infections from being moved around. You may also need to handfeed him using baby parrot formula (out here or pet store) with a syringe. Your Avian vet can show you how. Toos in the wild are handfed up to a year by their mothers, and sometimes when babies are moved, they revert back to needing handfeeding. Hopefully, you have been shown how to do this correctly. If not, have people where you are getting bird show you how because you'll most likely have to do it.

Hope this helps,
Linda

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