new cocatiel - when to share cage

by Rose
(NSW)

I have just got a new cocatiel who is four months old.I bought him as a companion for my other cocatiel.I have only had the new one for a few days,which I keep in a separate cage,but in the same room.They only go in their cage of a night to sleep.Most of the day they spend their time playing on top of their cage.The question Im asking is how long should I leave it until they can spend the night in the same cage.

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Jan 26, 2013
New BABY in the FAMILY
by: Anonymous

Wow, that is already wonderful progress! That means they will get along, however, from what I have seen in my own experience, if they already interact and play with eachother, they will eventually visit eachothers cages,keep the cages opened, let them go back and forth, if you see that they are still playful, happy and get along lovingly wonderful then you may be able to start putting them together, but don't do it by force. My two parrots are fine until one enters the others territory. They both live in separate cages and sleep separate and they prefer it that way. There is a BIG difference between GETTING ALONG and TOLERANCE! It can lead to a dangerous fight if you are not careful about your judgement. It has only been a few days, let that friendship blossom and flourish. Right now they are like two kids in the playground, they are very new to eachother, let them become enseparable and you will know. The fact that they are the same species is a plus for you! Opposite species is always a RISK! Be patient, take your time. I know it is easier to have one big size cage instead of two. lol Have fun and God BLess.

Jan 26, 2013
new cocatiel - when to share cage
by: Linda

Unless your cages are very large with separate feeding and watering stations, leave them in their own cages. Anytime you put two birds into the same cage, cage has to be twice as large at the very least and has to have separate feeding/watering stations preferably on opposite sides of cage so birds do not fight over food.

The other issue here is your new bird needs to be examined by an Avian Vet right away. We recommend new birds have this exam by an avian vet during the first few days as many birds come with infections either from less than adequate breeding facilities or from pet stores where so many birds are together. These infections are highly contageous, and you may not see any symptoms for a while though your other bird has already caught the infection the new bird has.

I suggest until you can get a larger cage set up properly, that you leave birds in their own cages. You cannot put two birds in a cage only large enough for one because that is going to cause fighting and birds do not have room to move around as they should. You also do not want to put two strange birds together at all for a long time. Though they may not be fighting while outside cage, this can change once they are thrown together into one cage, so make sure you've got a much larger cage and that the birds are getting along for up to a year before trying to put them together. Many people make this mistake, and pay for it with severe injuries and even death because they did not do the introductions correctly. The birds pay for our mistakes, so don't make this one.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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