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Question Too many birds?

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I'm hoping and looking into getting a Galah cockatoo? They have always been on my wish list! I adore them! <3 <3

I currently have 3 birds, two Cockatiels and a Conure, all housed in my living room. My questions is, is it safe to have 4 birds in one room? Is it bad for my health? I use to be allergic to birds when I was younger, it is a million times better now and I rarely have anything other than the occasional sneeze. My husband had sided with my mother and are worried if I were to get more it would make me ill. I cant see it happening myself!

Putting my allergy aside is it possible for someone to become unwell because of sharing a living space with so many birds? I haven't had any problems with the 3, will one more hurt?

They are all very spoilt and there cages are cleaned when and as needed. They have regular baths and are are out for a good few hours every day
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My 2 cents. I am allergic to my birds. That is why they have their own room. When I was younger it was not as bad but as I get older it is getting worse. Still not to bad. Something as dusty and a rose breasted might not be a forever bird. Which is why I still don't have one.
Just something to think about ahead of time. Not 10 or even 20 years down the road. They live a long time and deserve a forever home.
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I live in a one bedroom apartment, its not a small apartment but it means I can only house them in my living room Trust me if I had a spare room I would fill it out with as many as I could lol. I have plenty of room for one more in the living room.
I will never re home or sell my birds. They are like my babies!!
The commitment is fine for me She or he would be my last one though!!
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this is really difficult to say i would hate to say that it would be fine and you get one and you get sick. ican tell you some things and let you deicde first off you asked if someone could get sick if they have a lot of birds. yes they can get sick i watched a show with a lady that had over 50 birds she had lung problems but she also had a hard time keeping the cages clean because she was getting older. 50 + is way different than 4 birds now let me tell you something else i have asthma and allergies i have 6 birds a tiel,a GCC,a love bird,2 budgies, and a grey my bird are all in one room but i am in that room a large part of the day i keep cages clean and feathers and messes up i do not thank i am allergic to birds though but i do asthma and dust does bother me. as long as i keep everything clean give my birds regular baths i am ok. i thank in your case if you have a petstore or know a breeder make some visits stay around the birds a while and see how you do that way you can get an idea if you will be ok.

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If you do ever decide to get another bird then my suggestion to you is get a powerful air purifier. I have a separate room for my flock of 10 birds but occasionally I do take them in my room. I now have just purchased an air purifier for whenever the birds come into my room, I can then use it to clear the air of bird dust. Your health always come first so think about it carefully


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I have a Rabbit-air filter in my dining room where my flock lives.. I also have a Honeywell filter in my bedroom... I cannot believe how much dirt and dust they pick up... They make a real difference..I also recommend spending time somewhere with very dusty birds and see if it affects you before bringing one home.
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Cockatoos in general are super dusty, much more than your tiels will be. I definitely recommend having an air purifier at hand, like everybody else has suggested above. It is fine to have 4 birds in your living room, yes. The key to having them in their safely would be to disease test any new birds you get in, at least for psittacosis anyway. As long as there is plenty of ventilation and room then go for it, if that's what you want. Just be wary of your other birds while s/he is out or if they're on top of his/her cage. Toes will be nipped!
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If you already had problems with allergy against birds in the past, I wouldn't buy a bird which produces so much feather dust.
Maybe you can take an allergy test at your doctor if you are not sure.
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Two cockatiels have a lot of dander already. You may be forced to rehome the cockatoo if your allergy problem worsen. You must also remember Cockatoos can get loud in a small apartment would you be willing to relocate? You could be asked too. Just food for thought.

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My concern would be the noise and the attention they would all need. Galahs are very needy and a lot more work than cockatiels. You already have a conure and two cockatiels. How would you divide your time among all the birds? What about your neighbors? Wouldn't they complain about the noise?
If I were you, I would enjoy the birds you already have. Three birds are plenty.

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Personally I don't think time would necessarily be an issue, but I'd never have a too in an apt. They can be super loud. Plus like others have said, toos are extremely dusty. Just something to think about.


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Thanks everyone Going to have a longggg thing about it!!
I know if I were to get another addition I would only want a Galah. The apartment and neighbors issue is fine, I only have one neighbor and you wouldn't believe the amount of noise from her! If I have to be kept up all night because of her constant partys she can listen to my birds beautiful singing during the day lol! My landlord is a bird owner himself, he has even been to visit mine and loves them And I work from home so they get allot of attention and are hardly ever left alone so all that is fine

Its just the issue of my allergies really... Well that and if me and my husband decide to start trying for our first baby before we move into a bigger place :S (Ahhh!)
So yea allot of thinking and consideration needs to be done!! Thanks for all your help guys!!

Also I'm defiantly getting an air purifier now, they sound great! lol xxxx
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Since you are planning on children I would defiantly wait till you know your children are not allergic and or a bigger place for a bird room.

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Compared to sulphur cresteds, umbrellas and m2s etc. I don't think the galah is half as loud anyway
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If you are planning on having a baby, you definitely should wait with getting more pets. Babies are a lot of work, as you can imagine. You will be exhausted, believe me!

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Not rushing into the baby business, I jusy need to take it into consideration... I have been married a year and I'm only 20 haha, plenty of time yet. I can never give up my pets so it may be best to wait till after I have children, that way I can be sure they don't have allergies. Just means I could be waiting another 5 years before I can adopt my Galah! We will see how things go I'm trying to be sensible lol.
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Sounds like a great idea. My dad is allergic to everything so I am allergic too so you would pass that down to your children.

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Cockatoos live for a long time. I like the way you are thinking about all that maybe in your future. We wanted two children but we were so content with our lifestyle we didn't want to make the BIG change. Now that we're too old to have kids we are still happy with our decision.

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