I own two untamed cockatiels named Fossil and Butternut. They are very fearful of people but I keep their cage in the living room, next to my chair, and keep their cage doors open all day. They are starting to wander around the house and comfortable sharing the living room with me. Their wings are clipped.
I have been thinking about buying a handreared bird that would enjoy interacting with me. My boyfriend is a shift worker and I get lonely in the house by myself so I would really enjoy the company of a bird.
I went to a pet store, a good pet store, that had handreared cockatiels that were beautiful and reasonably wary of me putting my hand to the cage bars but the store also had handreared lorikeets that were wrestling with each other to get closer to my hand and all three lorikeets licked my hand. I was impressed with the lorikeets and how they really seemed to want to be with people.
However, I'm worried if I purchased a lorikeet that it would harm my cockatiels during out of cage time?
I don't want to separate the cockatiels and lorikeet all the time, I understand quarantine and getting use to one another but I do not want to have to do this for the rest of the birds' life.
I have asked this question on talkcockatiels and have been told that lorikeets can be aggressive to other birds and a person has even witnessed a lorikeet killing a sun conure.
But I would like to hear from people who own lorikeets and just get more opinions on the whole situation.