Lonely cocatiel

by Rose
(nsw)

Hi there I have a female cocatiel.I live in a villa and my neighbour out the back also had a cocatiel.Every morning they would screach to one another as if they were having their morning chat.We would also take them to one anothers house for a little play as they were the best of little mates.Now my neighbour has moved out my little cocatiel seem so lonely and sad.Will she get over this or shouldI get another cocatiel for her.She is the cutest little bird and I dont want her to be stressed or lonely.

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May 07, 2012
some things to consider
by: Anonymous

One thing you should know is that cockatiels always screech in the AM & always when they hear other cockatiels, galahs or cockatoos. She is just hearing another of her kind & communicating. I have a cockatiel & my god can he scream when he hears another cockatoo fly over. But if I attempt to put another tiel or similar size parrot anywhere near him he'll have em! He's a loner, a 'human' bird & likes to communicate with the outside birds but that's as far as he'll take it.

Cockatiels also pick their friends, like we do. Because she had a morning chat & seemed to get along with the other tiel, doesn't mean she'll get along with a new one. The new one isn't the old tiel & will be invading her 'space'.

While others recommend you get another tiel for company they have not told you that if you do this you need to prepare for the worst. And that is if your tiel doesn't get along with the new one you will have to keep them housed separately permanently, never be allowed out together & there could be a lot of attacking towards you & jealousy, more unhappy environment. You also need to be 100% sure you are getting another female, don't go on the pet shops advice, they are rarely correct. If you get a male & they do get along they will end up breeding. Also if your tiel is a 'pet' & handled often & she gets along well with a new tiel you have a high possibility of losing her as a friendly pet. The noise of 2 of them may also double.

Will she get over over the other tiel moving? Yes, give the time she needs & she will. You can for the time being try & tempt her with treats & chew things to keep her happy.

There is no right answer & I do not believe any of us have the right to say yes you should or no you shouldn't simply because we don't live with you, we don't know your home or your tiel or the circumstances, only you know all this so you can decide. All any of us can do is tell you what may or may not happen if you do & prepare you. There is nothing wrong with getting another tiel, just beware of the consequences of them not getting along, or getting along 'too well'. If you can prepare for this then you should be fine.


May 07, 2012
lonely cockatiel
by: Anonymous

Should you get a new bird to keep your little one company, I would suggest keeping them apart until the new bird is examined by an avian vet to ensure it's healthy.

You'll want to make sure if you get a new bird, you keep it in a seperate cage. Not all birds can be housed in the same cage. As your current bird may get agressive. Let the birds socialize from their cages. It may take a while before they can be let out to play together. So take caution when you do this so neither of the birds get injured.


May 07, 2012
Lonely cocatiel
by: Linda

Yes, getting another Cockatiel would be an excellent idea as she misses her friend and will not get over it for a long time.

Make sure new bird is examined by an Avian Vet ONLY BEFORE she comes into your home with your other bird. If you can get to Avian Vet before you bring her home, it will avoid possibly passing on an infection to your present bird. Also, and this is VERY important, make sure new bird has a cage of her own that is in same room as your present bird. The reason for this, is birds have to get to know each other before being put together, and actually it is a good way to keep them from breeding if you happen to get a male instead of female.

If breeder has already taken new bird to Avian Vet recently, get the paperwork from them. If they have not, see if they are willing to do so before bringing bird home. Bird needs to be checked for bacterial infections with a throat swab which is more reliable than the anal one. It will also need some basic bloodwork to check for viral infection. Infections are highly contageous, so make sure this is done before new birds comes into contact with your present bird.

Thanks for writing and keep us posted...
Linda

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