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Indian ringneck or conure for my cockatiel?

I've had my cockatiel for 5 months now and i'm considering buying/rescuing either an indian ringneck or a conure.

Does anyone of you have a conure or a ringneck, or perhaps both, with a cockatiel?
Are they species that normally go well together?

My tiel is pretty much never in his cage, he only goes in occasionally to eat sand, but that's about it. Now, if i do buy another parrot for him (this probably won't be for at least another year), do you think it'd be a problem to have both of them outside the cage in the same room if i'm out or something?

What are the chances of my cockatiel becoming distant from me if i decide to buy another bird?
He's quite loving and trusting.

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If your getting a bird as a companion for him get another tiel not a different species.

As for how he will react that depends totally on the bird itself. It's perfectly possible to have two tame and bonded tiels.
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You can get an Indian ringneck or a conure, but please do not house them in the same cage and make sure you supervise any out of cage time extremely carefully. I have had both species and I have found them to be very bird aggressive. If you want something to house with your cockatiel then get another cockatiel, but if you want something more for yourself then you can have anything

As Amelia said, it depends on the bird themselves and usually how they were raised. If they were raised as a group they can usually establish between birds and humans but a bird hand raised on its own will not know what another bird is and won't take to them. As long as the cage is big enough and they can get away from each other their won't be any problems. I think he will still be tame personally

May I ask what you mean by him eating sand? I believe sand would be insoluble so I wouldn't feed it at the risk of causing crop impaction. However, if you do wish to feed grit (only my doves get grit) then please feed Oyster shell

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Well he eats his bird sand sometimes, i think it helps digestion or something, can't remember where i read it.
I'd just like another bird for both of us preferably, it's good with just the tiel though, he's a great companion. I'm just curious as to what it'd be like with bigger birds, i've only had budgies before i got this tiel. And a zebra finch.
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No, parrots don't need grit (or sand) for their digestion, they 'peel' the seeds so they don't need the grinding action of the grit in their crop or gizzard. Doves do because they swallow the seeds whole. Please don't give him grit, it could hurt him.

As to your question, the answers given are correct, another tiel would be great for your bird (tiels do much better with another tiel than by themselves) but, if you want a different species, go for either only supervise them closely all the time they are out together.
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Hmmm ... I musta been misinformed then, thanks for letting me know though!

How big are the chances of him becoming more distant towards me if i get another tiel? I've had him for a little over 5 months now and he follows me around everywhere, wants to try my food and all that. When i bring home new big toys for him that he can climb on, he won't touch it or get near it unless i show him with my hands and sometimes my head, that it's alright, so i think he really trusts me. I don't want that to change.
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It really does depend on the birds personality and I don't think anybody can say. I do think though that he sounds very bonded to you and in my own opinion I don't think he'd change

And yes sand/grit is usually sold in stores and it really, really annoys me crop impaction is the last thing anybody wants to have to deal with

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I hope he doesn't change, but i'll wait anyway. I have so much to do for him right now, gonna build a playgym and a playtree for him.

What do you suggest i could use instead of that, 'cause like i said, i'm gonna buy a playgym and a playtree and under both of them, i'd like something on the bottom for when he poops.
Newspaper any good? He tends to explore from time to time so idk if he'd eat the paper, i'm kinda scared the ink might damage his body.
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If he is going to have any interaction with that paper I would not use newpaper. Papertowel works or blank paper. The ink on newspaper is not good for birds. I know in finchs it can kill them. Parrots might be different but not sure
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Regular newspaper is fine. You don't want to use any pages with colored glossy finishes. Those are the inks that are toxic.

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Yes newspaper ink in the USA ( not sure of other countries) is soy based and bird safe.
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Mixed breeds out of the cage can work. But there are a huge number of if's.
I think it has been covered very well.
I would never consider caging my mixed flock together.
It only works for me in my set up, maybe because they are never caged.
I feel cages can be one of the reasons there will be trouble.
Jealousy is another. Then you need to research which breeds are just plain agro towards other birds.
In my mixed flock I have 1x Alexandrine, 6x Cockatiels and 1x Budgie. There is always going to be a bit of push and shove at times. But all in all when I see them eating out of the same food bowl it brings a smile to my dial.
Whenever you put two birds together you will never know what that outcome will be.

Sand is a very debatable subject and I have been in a few discussions about this.
The big question for me is what is defined as GRIT? To me this is coarse substance used for grinding and the like.
Oyster shell is not a grit and it is soft. But it is labelled as grit. This in powder form is safe as far as I know.
Hard grit is fed to birds that swallow their seed whole and is used to grind up food in the crop.
Hook beaks break their seed before eating.
I also feel hard / harsh grit can impact on the crop of a hook beak.

News print is another questionable subject.
Not only do you need to consider if the ink is safe, there is also a question about molds on the old news paper that has been stored.


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I'd definitely recommend getting another cockatiel if you're looking for a friend for your little guy. I've heard that cockatiels won't usually become distant from you even if they bond to another 'tiel.
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