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Spending time with all your parrots

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I have six parrots and it takes most of my day to give them all the attention they need. I'm curious how you all handle socializing all your birds?

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I think most people leave them out most of the day on play stands, etc. Also it helps when you can let them out all at once (with supervision of course).
I have only ever had 3 birds at once and 2 of them were wild Budgies that never wanted to leave their cage so I never had to deal with this issue, lol.



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I have two cockatiels, and they are out of the cage all day. They come and go to visit me as they please. Usually I end up with both of them on my shoulders. We watch TV or have snacks together. I also have gerbils, mice, and a dog. The mice don't really demand my attention, but gerbils like it. So I have their bins in the living room and we pet them or feed them treats every so often as we pass by. The dog is always next to my feet. Usually, I sit on the couch with my dog on my feet, and two cockatiels on my shoulders or chest.
It's a little harder to fulfill all of their attention needs than when you have an only pet. But we manage.

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My little Daschshund would eat my birds if I let her out with my birds. Smaller dogs don't seem to be bird friendly.
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My little Daschshund would eat my birds if I let her out with my birds. Smaller dogs don't seem to be bird friendly.
It depends on the breed and the individual dog. Mine is a maltese/poodle mix, he is ten years old and very sweet. Loves cats and doesn't have that hunting drive. So it's safe for me to let my birds and him interact. They often "share" popcorn together.

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It all depends on what kind of parrots you have to know how much time you spend with them. I have 1 parrotlet and 3 barred parakeets. They are out with me in the room when I'm on the computer or just in to be with them. On the other side of the screen door to my inside room are my cats just waiting to get a paw on one of my birds, but never will

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My little Daschshund would eat my birds if I let her out with my birds. Smaller dogs don't seem to be bird friendly.
My small dogs are not prey oriented at all. They are actually scared of the birds and of cats, etc. Probably because daschunds were breed to hunt small animals.
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I agree with the others. My birds are out observing things. They don't have to be getting all of your attention just because they are out. It is more about socializing in general which just means being part of the goings-on. So they just join me in doing my activities.

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I can handle two "sets" of attention per day, and no more, which is why I have no plans to add any more different species to my household at this time. My galah gets her time outside the cage with me in the mornings and evenings, and the tiels get twenty minutes here and there throughout the day. I'm not working right now, but when I start a new job (hopefully soon!) I will have to get a bit stricter with my time management.
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This is exactly why I'm still deciding if I can have another bigger bird. I have to decide if I have enough time if Sammie and another bird hates each other. You always have to take into consideration worst case scenarios.

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I have all my birds out for a few hours each evening... My parrotlet and budgies hang out on the birds cages, with frequent fly a rounds of the dining room/living room, while my conure and tiel are with me. My conure stays on my shoulder the whole time and my tiel spends her time flying from person to person looking for attention or hanging on the play tree or looking for things to get into... She's a yellow feathered energizer bunny...lol the tiel and conure always get a treat when returned to their cages so I never have a hard time putting them back.
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My birds just went around the house with me if I was doing something but the majority of the time all of the large birds were all out in one room together as they could be trusted and the room was bird safe. It was actually the small birds who I had to do more one on ones with, oh and the lories/lorikeets. They are very bird aggressive

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Lately my parrotlet is getting more aggressive with the linnies, even though the linnies are in their cages when JB is out. She flies right to the linnie cages to harass them. Since 2 linies are company, 3 is a crowd as the saying goes I'm hoping to adopt my last bird, a linnie in April. Although I've had Jelly Bean for 8 yrs. the thought of re homing her has crept into my mind

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it really depends on the day. everyday 6 of the 8 keets come out on the tree. once they are on there, they don't care about me. the 2 untamed get some training everyday, usually only a few minutes. there are 2 that come out but go though bursts of tameness, which is frustrating because for a while they would step up, and then other days in a row they get scared and try to run away.i sometimes try to work with them those days but it usually makes things worse. they don't have any intention of going back on their own either. what really takes me the longest is just the cleaning. it takes me an hour to clean cages and vacuum up after them and longer if i am vacuuming behind things and cleaning up my room. other than that, the flock has no interest in me (which is a little frustrating- especially when they don't cooperate with the few rules i have for them!)

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Lately my parrotlet is getting more aggressive with the linnies, even though the linnies are in their cages when JB is out. She flies right to the linnie cages to harass them. Since 2 linies are company, 3 is a crowd as the saying goes I'm hoping to adopt my last bird, a linnie in April. Although I've had Jelly Bean for 8 yrs. the thought of re homing her has crept into my mind
Wow, I wonder if she just wants to be part of the group. Can you clip her? My plet will not seek out trouble and will only fight is someone comes on his terroritory or if provoked. Mina is the one that will seek out trouble That is unfortunate. I LOVE my parrotlet. Couldn't be without him. He is the smartest and most cuddly of all my birds. Definitely bonded more to humans too.

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Wow, I wonder if she just wants to be part of the group. Can you clip her? My plet will not seek out trouble and will only fight is someone comes on his terroritory or if provoked. Mina is the one that will seek out trouble That is unfortunate. I LOVE my parrotlet. Couldn't be without him. He is the smartest and most cuddly of all my birds. Definitely bonded more to humans too.
Jelly Bean is has become a trouble maker, only with Karma, my hen linnie. Clipped wings didn't help. Now to the point of being vicious through the bars. Luckily my good friend Roxi wants JB so I know she will be in good hands and LOVED. I just don't want any harm come to Karma, all it takes is one good bite for her to lose a toe or leg.

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Jelly Bean is has become a trouble maker, only with Karma, my hen linnie. Clipped wings didn't help. Now to the point of being vicious through the bars. Luckily my good friend Roxi wants JB so I know she will be in good hands and LOVED. I just don't want any harm come to Karma, all it takes is one good bite for her to lose a toe or leg.
That's sad. I wish it could work out. After going on 4 mths of slowly introducing my plet Oliver to Mina, things are going really well. Yesterday and today, they spent the longest time together than ever before. Shared food and he even allowed her on his playgym. I think when you try to keep them apart, it only peaks their interest more.

I wonder if she just feels left out? Since Oliver was the resident bird, I always make sure to greet him first and give him the same amount of attention he always got before my others birds came. I think that helps him feel he still has a firm place. Also, I never allow him near their cages or them near his. They are completely across the room and so niether can get to the other. Introducting them for 5 mins at a time with millet on a neutral territory (plets are completely different birds on nuetral territory) helped quell their curiosity about each other. Slowly I increased it over the last few months and I watched them the whole time correcting unwanted behavior and praising good behavior and always ending on a good note. It worked for me. Never any squabbles. Now seeing each other is old news. Sorry I just feel bad for Jelly Bean since there is probably an underlying cause for her behavior and since you had her first.

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