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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-29-2013, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hey every one. This is for the future. Does any one know of a bird that could be a good companion for Alley.

Can a jenday conure be a good companion.

Is the saying true that if one bird is tame the one that is not tame will try to copy the tame one. Kind regards bird boy

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Hi there! Generally, the best companion for a bird is another of it's own species. You can get another bird to be a companion for you and there's the chance they will get along, but more often than not they tolerate each other but do not cuddle or want to be together. Birds of a feather flock together, as the saying goes.

As far as a tame bird influencing an untame bird, yes this can happen. But sometimes the reverse happens and the tame bird becomes phobic because they see their companion running away all the time.

Really, what it comes down to in both cases is each bird is an individual. There's general trends you can follow and make your best guess on, but at the end of the day there's always an exception to every rule and you may buy another Alexandrine that doesn't get along with Alley, they may hate each other. I would best recommend picking another bird YOU want, YOU are ok with having in the house, and YOU want to care for. Yes, getting Alley a companion is important, but if they hate each other (which IS possible) then you have two Alexandrines to care for, in two separate cages. As long as you're OK with that chance, then I say go for it! Just be prepared to slowly introduce them and accept there is a chance they may never get along - that goes for any parrot species you want to introduce Alley to.

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As Jenny said, it may make your IRN tame, it may not and may have the opposite affect

I personally would get another IRN for her to hang out with, but not necessarily to be housed with. You may have trouble trying to get her getting on with another bird, they can be very feisty!
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I agree, if you are getting a companion for alley, then it should be of the same species. Although I had two irn for a while and they never really bonded...they lived together and got along fine, but never really showed any affection to each other. In fact they would get into screaming matches which led to the rehoming of the wild one. One was very tame and one was wild. I never really saw any difference in either's tameness...the tame one remained tame, the wild one never got any tamer, although I could service the cage without her freaking long as I didn't get close to her.

If you just want another bird, then get any bird you want, although I would personally stick to a species of similar size and temperament so that you could let them out for supervised play time. Birds benefit from being housed with other birds, even if they don't share a cage or are of the same species.

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