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Planning Ahead!

Hello everyone!

In the somewhat distant future (around spring/summer 2016), I may be able to get a third bird! I will be saving up all of my money I receive for two things: new things for my two current birds, and to buy my future bird and his/her things.

To put things into perspective, this is how the set up is. I have two American-type budgies, a 1 year old hen and a 5 month old cock. They are semi-tame, but I'm working with them. I would like to buy them a larger flight cage once I have enough money. I bathe them once a week, they have between 1-2 hours of flight time per day, and I'm gradually switching them from Seed to pellets, as well as trying to introduce new fresh foods to them. At the time I'm hoping to bring another bird into my home, I will be finishing high school and starting a veterinary technology program at a local university. I may or may not be also working part time, hopefully only a few blocks away from my home.

To get to the question, based on this, what would be the best fit for me? I don't want a huge parrot, but I also don't want to add another budgie and mess up Elsa and Gilbert's peaceful dynamic. I'm personally leaning towards a cockatiel hen, but I'm open to suggestions

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A cockatiel would make an excellent companion and can be quite independent. They would also probably be better off in a pair though if you're going to be working as a hand raised bird can be needy. The one I hand raised myself wouldn't even play with toys! He wanted me and me only

If you want something a bit more parrot-like (not that there's anything wrong with tiels, I have 3!) then I recommend a green cheek conure. They can be left alone and will happily play with toys so long as you provide plenty. They're also great eaters so if you're going for a natural diet they will be a lot easier to convert to it than a cockatiel. They're a bit more outgoing and hands on

It all depends what you're looking for in a companion parrot. If you can tell us the sort of things you'd like then we could point you in the right direction a bit better

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Thanks for the fast reply! I'd like a bird that can be playful and cuddly, but also be somewhat independent. We're slowly turning the basement into a studio apartment for me and the birds, so I think there would be enough space for either. I love conures, but I've never handled one myself. I've handled two cockatiels, but neither experience was very pleasurable. The first was a cockatiel hen who hated children, and the second was a cockatiel cock who bullied anyone who showed fear. I know it varies from bird to bird, though!

Also, would a green cheek conure be able to have flight time at the same time as my budgies? It's not a problem if he/she doesn't, I'm just curious. I have a friend who is raising an unexpected clutch of lovebirds, but I most likely will not buy one from him. By the time I get around to adopting one, they will be over 1 year old and bonded to him. The pinkies are very cute, though!

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If I would adopt a pair of cockatiels, would it be best to get a male/male pair, female/female pair, or male/female pair? Also, would it be better to adopt a male or a female green cheeked conure? There's local breeder who sells green cheeks for $250 and cockatiels for $65 each.



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green cheeks do go through a nippy stage but they do come out of it return to being a sweet baby again . if you plan on getting tiel i would get two of the same sex. males are more vocal and can learn to talk and sang females are quieter but usually do not talk . i have a female and she loves everyone my 5 yr old daughter says she is her bird lol.green cheeks male and female are the same no differences with them both love to play and cuddle and both can learn to talk

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Thank you for the input. I would like to have a green cheek one day, but possibly not this near in the future. I'm now thinking either a pair of cockatiels, a pair of parrotlets, or a pair of linnies.



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I think they're all excellent choices. Two female cockatiels would be a wonderful option. Very hands on but they'd have each other for company I wouldn't recommend letting green cheeks near any birds at all, they're very territorial and will go out of their way to attack another bird

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Thanks for the information. It's my understanding that budgies and cockatiels can have outside cage time together? Also, would this be a large enough cage for two female cockatiels? http://www.birdcagesnow.com/prevue-h...-storage-shelf



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That cage would be fine, especially with out of cage time And yes cockatiels are very docile. As long as they aren't housed with budgies in a cage they tend to be okay. I've had problems before with cockatiels being bullied by budgies in an aviary so I no longer house them together but as your situation is different you shouldn't have any issues

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I would never dream of housing two different species together. I'm very excited to get my (possibly) future cockatiel girls. I don't have a job or money yet to purchase them, but I'll get there. And I can't wait until my bedroom is bird-proofed so that my two budgies can move in there with me.



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One vote for a pair of linnies

A pair of linnies would be able to entertain themselves and should get along well with the budgies (mine live with canaries and a diamond dove). They are also very quiet and even when they are "loud" they are not really that loud. Also, they are not as chatty as budgies, so I find them to be a quiet bird. They also come in a bunch of colors (unlike cockatiels, which was one drawback for me...I like more color in my birds)

It depends on what you mean by "cuddly". My linnies like being on me or near me when out, but one is very hand shy (although loves hanging on my shoulder) and the other doesn't mind hands, but doesn't like to be pet...again, shoulder spot is a favorite .

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Your linnies sound very cute! By cuddly, I meant a bird that can be independent, but is still happy to be on/near me and okay with cuddles/petting/etc. As said before, I'd like a bird or birds that can have outside of cage time with the budgies, if possible. My two budgies don't allow that. My female tolerates me touching her feet, beak, cere, belly, and sometimes the top of her head, but she doesn't seek me out. She prefers the company of my 5 month old male, who barely allows me to touch his feet.



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The linnies definitely like being with me (most of the time, occasionally they go through short bouts of independence, but usually after some time of less interaction from me). Just another possible option.

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We have both. Two Budgie girls, one is 5 and one is 1. Our Linnie boys are both almost two. We got all of them when they were young.

At first, the boys would chase and terrorize the girls. Then one of the girls got smart and always chased one of the boys. But every day, they all end up in the girls cage for snacks and then they all sit nice together. They are a good combination, and entertaining.

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