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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-13-2014, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have read and heard that if you have medium sized parrots like the ones I have that you should not own a smaller parrot like a cockatiel. love bird or any kind of parakeet reason being I have read and heard these type of parrots carry diseases to larger parrots , is this really true ? I have always wondered if that is true

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I don't think it is true. Many people own so many combinations of species, it seems like it wouldn't happen as often if there was sickness spreading all of the time.

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The only reason they would say that is because smaller parrots are more abundant. The best way to avoid anything like that is to quarantine and test the birds before introducing them. I've made the mistake too many times now and I've had plenty of losses because of it

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The only reason they would say that is because smaller parrots are more abundant. The best way to avoid anything like that is to quarantine and test the birds before introducing them. I've made the mistake too many times now and I've had plenty of losses because of it
This is a good rule any time you add to your flock regardless of the size of the bird.

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Daisy has it spot on. I would assume that's based on the fact that the smaller birds are more abundant, shops take poorer care of them, and they tend to be mass-bred, not bred for health. Just walk into a PetSmart or PetCo, and look at their keets. At least the one here in Yuma, you can see symptoms of upper respiratory conditions in one, or all, of them at any time. Any bird can carry a disease or illness that could harm your existing flock, no matter where you get it from. Quarantine is always a must



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Yes, quarantine is a must but it's by no means enough because asymptomatic carriers will not develop symptoms of the disease they carry but they will pass it along to the other birds so the only sure way is to test them during quarantine.
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i agree quarantine is best when getting a new bird all mine came from breeders but i still quarantine them. i have a grey, a love bird, a green cheek and a cockatiel no issues with the smaller birds getting my grey sick.

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As long as you quarantine you should be fine.
I have a quaker parrot and 2 budgies. Granted the budgies have their own huge flight cage and the quaker has a parrot cage in the other room. It's more for space than anything. We don't let our Quaker play with budgies because she can and probably will hurt them. Not due to disease though just because she can be a big bully
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