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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2011, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sharing a Cage

Minnie (my cockatiel) and Kiki (my sun conure) are pretty much best pals. Kiki adores Minnie, and gives her head scratches and grooms her often. She insists on moving right up against Minnie for naps outside their cages, and they follow each other around.

I was considering putting Minnie in the flight cage with Kiki. It's fairly large. They eat the same diet. The budgies have each other for company, but sadly Kiki and Minnie don't. It would be great if they could be placed in the same cage.

I realize that it would be dangerous if Kiki were to get upset and attack Minnie. I've seen her get a little angry with the budgies. She doesn't seem to like them very much. But, like I said before, she adores Minnie. (Minnie is just very laid back. She loves the head scratches.) I've never seen her try to hurt Minnie.

So I wonder, what do you guys think about this?

If I were to try it, I'd probably observe them for a long time while they are together, and see how they act. I wouldn't leave them alone at first. But since they are such great pals, I don't want to deprive them of this if it is something they would totally love and something that works well.




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I really can't advise. I do have two birds of two different species sharing a cage, the bourkes and the linnie. I wouldn't even recommend this with most linnies, but my linnie wanted to be with the bourkes so badly that we let her have her wish. She is an exceptionally gentle linnie.

I think sun conures and cockatiels have more size difference than linnies and bourkes, but I do not know that for certain. Stanley only weighs 2 grams less than Elisa. I think the beaks of sun conures are much more powerful than the beaks of cockatiels, but, again, I do not know that for certain. Elisa's beak IS more powerful than Stanley's. She destroys toys that Stanley doesn't. She could seriously injure, probably kill Stanley if she wanted to. However, she is very sweet with her.

I just dont' know enough about the size and beak strength of either bird to advise. There are folks on here with both.

I will say this, though. If the birds have a great deal of out of cage time together, I do not think it is cruel to keep them caged separately when you are not around. I believe, from the descriptions that you give of the amount of time your birds have out of their cages, that they get enough socialization to be content even without being caged together. If there is ANY possibility that leaving them together in a cage while you are out of the room could result in serious injury, I would advise leaving things the way they are. Your birds have you, and they have one another. They are not under-stimulated.


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Totally agree with everything nanay said.
Some birds have totally different relationships to others, not allowing them to live with each other is fine, you spend a lot of time with them and they're out their cages a lot so I wouldn't worry about it. At the moment my tiel is housed with two budgies. He doesn't like them but he'd never hurt them. It is up to you what you choose to do. But you wouldn't want any birds getting hurt I'm sure.
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You're completely right, Kiki's beak is WAY more powerful than Minnie's. Not to mention Minnie has never bitten me or any of the other birds. There is also a major weight difference. It would definitely be a risk.

You're also right in saying they do get a lot of out of cage time and are together a lot. I might try it out for a day when I have time, see how they act.

When I do let everyone out of their cages, I leave all their cage doors open, so they come in and out as they like. A lot of times what happens is the birds all gather in one cage and spend time with each other there.

It is a risk, I'm not positive on what I'll do because it's not exactly a big priority. Thanks for the help, though.




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I'm sure they will be okay if you trust them. Some animals have the oddest of friendships haha

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I've heard lots of crazy things before relating to animal friendships! One time long ago, I was at an animal presentation, and in it, they intoduced this dog and cheetah that were very close and cuddly friends, and I got to see them together. It was pretty cool.




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Hehe! I've seen like huge dogs like rottweilers and ducklings haha!

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