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Adding a new bird with a WFA: Budgie or Tiel?

Hello, there!

As you may remember, hubby and I live with a WFA, Puck. We seem to have caught the parrot bug and started talking about a possible new addition in the not-so-far future.

We have narrowed our options to budgie or tiel (hand-raised or, anyway, tame) the reason is that I do workshops in school (mostly elementary), and I'd love to help kids realize the kind of potential 'common' pet birds have (I've plans to work with Puck as well, but I'll hardly consider a WFA a 'common' pet bird).

My question is: which of the two species could fit better with Puck? They'll have two separate cages, but will basically be caged only at night, would the boldness of the average budgie put it at risk with regard to Puck ?

Almost forgot: Puck is flighted and the new arrival will be too.

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I would go with a cockatiel, I think a budgie would be too much of an instigator for Puck. They have no awareness of personal boundaries or warning signs from other birds. I am lucky my two cockatiels are very passive girls because Chip bugs the crap out of them!
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Raised together early enough, you could avoid most aggression problems between the two. But regardless, they would need to be constantly watched. I raised Reptar from the earliest I was able around my cockatiels, hand raised him the last few weeks, I was trying to avoid the GCC aggression later on. Regardless, he reigns king and is still a bully, for no reason since no one challenges him. More like regular flock squabble type issues, hes just too much stronger.

With a WFA, thats a whole other issue. A cockatiel seems like it would work better of the two, but wouldn't be ideal with an amazon. They could learn to tolerate one another given enough space to retreat, I've seen it done but rarely does it work out, theres just such a huge size difference between the two. Reptar hates the living guts out of my newest cockatiel and she can't even be kept in my room anymore. He would get to her through the cage bars. There's two sides, you can't predict anything with birds.

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Personally I would not keep either of those species around a WFA out of cage.

My OWA Loves my other birds but I would never allow him out with them.

For the kids however a Cockatiel is likely to be more laid back and easy to handle than a Budgie who are like little duracell bunnies!!! Always on the move whizzing around everywhere.
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Hi Marina,
the best choice would be another WFA. That would make Puck very happy.
A parrot's partner should be the same species, because different parrots speak different languages.
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Of the two I would recommend a cockatiel but I'm also going to have to agree with the others and suggest separate out of cage time for the two. All of my larger birds had a real thing about my hand raised cockatiel, Harvey. My lesser sulphur crested cockatoo would scream blue murder every time I got him out, my Alexandrines would lunge at me and Harvey and my orange winged Amazon would go out of his way to make sure that he was either going to draw my blood or kill Harv so I would have to duck very fast! Would never ever of allowed them out together after I saw them behave like that. My black capped lory couldn't be anywhere near him what so ever, I'd have to make sure they couldn't see one another! Like a dog to a cat

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