Having a small and large bird - How chaotic/hard is it?
Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:41 AM
Now, the type of bird I REALLY want and have wanted for a long time is a galah (rose breasted cockatoo). I love everything about them. Their colour, cockatoo craziness, crests, floofyness, voices and size. I love seeing them in the wild and feeding local flocks. I just love 'em! I am falling in love with a rescue Galah at our local shelter. He's 23 years old and completely adorable. He is a little shy, but warms up to you when you spend time with him. He's an aviary with a corella and cockatiels at the moment, so he seems OK around other birds? I would adopt him in a heartbeat if I wasn't worried about Spyro, my nanday. I have heard horror stories of bigger birds biting toes and beaks off smaller birds or worse, killing them. I have also heard that native Australian birds and cockatoos have "dust" in their feathers, which is bad for for South American parrots... Is that true?
If I were to own both a galah and nanday, how careful would I need to be? How quick can things turn bad? How far apart would their cages need to be? Would I need to have completely separate "out of cage time"?
Thanks for any info. I would love to here input from anyone who owns a larger and smaller bird in the same house!
Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:26 AM
I'd say give the floofy (?) galah a chance you might be wonderfully surprised.
Some more knowledgable person may reply about the dust.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:25 AM
Davey - Hahns Macaw
DOH - 09/09/07
Bing - Congo African Grey
DOH - 02/20/08
Annie - Blue Front Amazon
DOH - 2003(?)
Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:54 AM
That being said, our Blue Crown is out 24/7 flying between her cage and tree stand. When we are home and Crackers the Amazon has open door to his tree stand, the BCC can cause mischief/get jealous. She will fly and land on his cage or on his tree and he will squawk at her and flap his wings to warn her away. She doesn't budge. Our solution has been a training regimen..setting up a different landing site in front of his cage so she has somewhere else to land and redirect this behavior, and also using positive reinforcement whenever she is on her own play stand or cage next to us. We ignore her and give zero reinforcement if she flies over towards the Amazon's cage.
We also used to have a paraplegic Blue Crown who hung out at the base of our other Blue Crown's table top tree stand; he was set up on sheepskin when he had out of cage time. Despite his handicap, our other Blue Crown never attacked him or bothered him like we thought she might because he was different. She mostly ignored him. So it all depends!
You just have to be prepared to implement creative solutions if such situations arise, so nothing dangerous happens. Vigilance, patience, training I think is the key with a multi-bird household of varying species/size!
Charlie the Blue Crown Conure - a paralyzed rescue bird
Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:13 AM
Someone asked this on another forum and I replied with a photo of my Tels and the two Alexandrine hanging out.
I am in trouble on that forum for showing that different birds of different sizes can work.
But I should say it does come with a warning, and I should not encourage beginners to take such risks.
Claims were made that a bigger beak will always win.
And I do have to admit I have just read about someone who lost a bird due to an attack from another bird.
So what do we make of all this?
It does depend on the birds make up and the living situation, and true you do need to be watchful and understand body language. And take action if there is any sign things are not cool. And if that is the case do not allow this sort of co habitation.
And I do lock the Alex away sometimes when I am not around.
My six Tiels are totally free uncaged. And the two Alexandrine are new to my flight, but were bought up with Cockatiels.
So I say yes it can work. At least sometimes and in the right situation.
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