Hand raised Caiques & Tiels
Posted 07 December 2011 - 12:36 PM
I currently have two male cockatiels - 7 years old (Pierre) and 7 months old (Perry). I am thinking of, one day, maybe having a caique in my life.
I was at a pet store which had all their birds in open pens. The parakeets, cockatiels, conures, and caiques were all just free roaming and hanging out together! They are all hand raised birds.
So, I'm curious.
Is it safe to assume that because this particular caique is hand raised and currenly living with a mixed flock, would be more apt to get along with my cockatiels? Because they live in a mixed flock at the store that, if it got along with my tiels, they could one day be housed together? Is it safer than getting a caique mostly raised with it's own kind?
This is theoretical. I'm not sure if I'm ready for a bigger parrot - i'm still in research mode.
Posted 07 December 2011 - 06:25 PM
As for caiques, well they may be fine with the other birds right now, but I would highly suggest not housing them with cockatiels, even if the two may have been raised together. Caiques are like the little puppies who just want to play, play, play all day! And cockatiels are more like the reserved old cat who'd rather sun bathe than deal with any pesky creatures bothering them. Generally speaking, I don't believe caiques do very well with other species because of their over-abundance of energy. Other species typically don't understand their behavior and that it's all in fun, and end up getting annoyed.
If you do decide to bring home a caique, best of luck with him/her!
Posted 08 December 2011 - 02:31 AM
Posted 08 December 2011 - 01:24 PM
I've already learned, through interaction, that the caiques are quite beaky. It's a family petstore and the owners did tell me about "the terrible twos", but with understanding your birds personality, body language, proper training, and confidence, that the terrible twos don't have to be so terrible.
Although I do feel bad taking the caique away from it's current living environment. With such a huge flock and so much interaction between humans and birds- would taking him/her out of that environment cause depression?
Posted 08 December 2011 - 05:30 PM
Posted 10 December 2011 - 08:45 PM
My caique would love to kill my parakeet. He struts around the cage and more than once I have found him trying to attack the parakeet through the bars. I have had to raise the cage higher off the floor. In addition, he has tried to get to a pionus (much larger bird) and a sun conure that I bird sat. This went on for days with him doing everything he could to get to their cages, until they left. They are very determined animals.
You can never leave the cockatiels and caique together unattended as well, especially if the cockatiels have clipped wings.
My gcc is very scared of the caique. I never leave them alone together. When I first got the caique, the conure tried to nip him and was very jealous. It only took a few weeks, before the gcc became scared of the caique. The caique would try to jump on top of him to wrestle. As the caique matured, he began to display aggressive behavior. This is not uncommon in caiques as they mature. In short, although your bird may be playful and sweet for the first 1-3 yrs., but there is a chance he will become aggressive with maturity. Despite my bird's anger issues, I still love him. We snuggle, cuddle and "wrestle." He is a great pet and I have learned to watch for signs of aggression - eye pinned, strutting, feathers raised on neck.
However, I would never leave him alone with another bird in a cage. And the only bird I might consider leaving him alone with outside of the cage for supervised time is another caique.
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