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opinions on housing them together?

We've got a large aviary that we are getting the ground ready for at the moment, it will still be a while until it's all in place because the retaining wall needs to be finished, anyway the section that I'm going to be putting the Cockatiels in measures around 340cm by 220cm and 190cm tall. There will be 10 possibly 11 tiels going in there with our 4 Zebra Finches, they all get along great and tend to leave each other be but the problem is I was hoping to be able to put Nova in with them to and because she is the only Budgie was thinking of getting another as company for her.

My question is that I know Budgies and tiels aren't recommended to be housed together, so was wondering what you guys think with the size of the aviary will the Cockatiels, Budgies and Finches get along ok or not?

I'm waiting until later this year to add to the flock because my car will all be paid off which I'm excited about and it will leave me better off for vet bills and such. So at that time is when I will be getting Nova a friend and was thinking of maybe another tiel or two.
Will they all be able to live comfortably in an aviary that size with the new additions in the future or is it to small?

Thanks for any opinions/advice, I'm not going to house them together if it wont be safe

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Hmmm, I've had budgies and tiels living cage-free in a room without a single problem but it was much larger than your aviary and both the budgies and the tiels were in flock so they all stuck to their own all the time.
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I have always kept budgies and cockatiels together in aviaries and I have had absolutely no problem. I've always had more budgies than tiels too! The key is to always make sure you've got numerous food bowls around as the tiels will be bullied off them. I have hanging feeders in mine as well as bowls so everybody has something to choose from

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Thanks guys, I was hoping that more tiels than budgies would work in my favour and thanks Daisy I will make sure to put extra bowls in

Does anyone have any experience with Budgies and Finches, I am a bit worried that the budgies might attack them and the Finches wont be fast enough to get away or will they stick to themselves?

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I've also kept a lot of finches among my budgies Never ever had a problem. Only issues is if you breed, you won't want to colony breed and you won't want to breed say your finches while they're in with the budgies. Chicks will get dragged out of the nest and all kinds of nasties occur when breeding

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oh ok, I was planning on breeding the tiels and finches in the future, would it still work if I just kept nest boxes out the aviary and moved the pairs to breeding cages when I do?
Thanks for your help so far Daisy, makes me feel better that you've housed them together with no problems

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That's exactly what I do I let them live in the aviary and when they all pair up I let them breed and then put everybody back again. It's just having them all in the aviary and THEN breeding can cause a lot of issues

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