Honest advice on adding GCC - Talk Parrots Forums

Talk Parrots General General parrot discussion, questions, help and information.

 4Likes
  • 1 Post By Mrs.JP3
  • 1 Post By Mrs.JP3
  • 1 Post By BirdCrazyJill
  • 1 Post By BirdCrazyJill
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-09-2016, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
 
BirdCrazyJill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 921
Thanks: 12
Thanked 450 Times in 340 Posts
Rep Power: 9
   
Honest advice on adding GCC

Hello all! it has been a WHILE since I have been on here, but I need some advice from you parrot experts

Currently I have 2 female cockatiels, a male english budgie, and a female linnie. They are housed in 3 separate cages. I have been seriously considering getting another budgie because my budgie has fallen into an almost OCD pattern where he paces and is excessively "feeding" different objects. I think he is bored, but he doesn't play with toys (I have tried every toy ever made I think) and he doesn't shred things. He gets along well with my other birds but will sometimes chase the tiels and try to feed them but they want nothing to do with him.

In my search for a budgie, I went to a local exotic pet store and fell in love with this GCC (picture attached). He/she was an owner surrender recently so I don't know how old it is or how friendly it is at this point.

So this brings me to a whole new topic of, instead of getting a bird for my other bird, potentially fulfilling a long term desire for a GCC!

So my question is: would bringing this GCC in drastically change my flock, in a negative way? I really just worry about the GCC being incompatible with my other birds. The linnie doesn't come out of her cage much because she is disabled but pretty much when my husband or I are home, the tiels and budgie have free reign of the living room. They go in each other's cages, eat their food, just hang out peacefully most of the time.

I worry that a GCC might be territorial towards them and try to chase them. I would never want my birds getting hurt, especially from another bird that I brought into the house. If any of you have experience with a GCC and cockatiels, budgies, or other small birds, please let me know what you have learned!! Sorry for such a long post, but thank you in advance!

Also... how loud are they on a regular basis? I am a teacher and hubby is a doctor so we're gone most of the day, my birds are pretty quiet unless they are calling for us in the house while we're home... is a GCC much louder than a female cockatiel screech?

Save
Attached Images
File Type: jpg GCC.JPG (86.2 KB, 5 views)

Last edited by BirdCrazyJill; 07-09-2016 at 07:37 AM.
BirdCrazyJill is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-09-2016, 09:37 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 46
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Hello! What a cutie, I see the temptation.

I have three Birds with a fourth on the way, my are all small. I have a Bourke Parakeet and two (soon three) Parrotlets.
Somewhat like yourself, I went to Petco for some Nutriberries and made the mistake of finding a little 9 month old Parrotlet who was unloved and scruffy and had been returned once already, so of course I bought him home.....lol
In taming him I have realized he is soooo happy around other birds, but my female Parrotlet and my Bourke want nothing to do with him. Sooo, I bought a FOURTH bird to introduce to him and hopefully they bond.

I totaly get that some birds can handle playing with some supervision and some need constant attention. I have both.
I personally enjoy personal one on one time with each of my Birds, and adding another one always makes that difficult. I almost bought two more because I couldn't choose LOL but thankfully I resisted.

Here are the things I considered:
*Will adding another bird still allow me to socialize with with my current birds to the extent they are balanced, and happy and get the attention they deserve?
*If they can't handle playing together, will they still get enough time out of the cage?
*Am I able to commit to another bird for its entire life span, in my case, up to 15+ years?
*What future life events am I planning and will I be able to handle all of them without being overwhelmed?
*Can I afford vet care for all of them?
*Will I be able to make arrangements for them if I take vacations?
*Am I willing to train them and put up with the frustrations?

I know that's a lot of things to consider, that's just my list. I try to think of the best and worst scenario, like happy birds everyone gets along, and a possible no one gets along and I have the responsibility of giving each one a good life and companionship. No one can predict how a dynamic will change.

I don't have any birds big enough to scream, but I could not handle it. From what I understand Conures are quite loud. It's personal tolerance. Try YouTubing it and you'll get an idea.
I think going back and interacting with him is a MUST before you decide. See how you get along.
If you get along and you consider everything (good and bad) I totaly support adding a flock member if thats what you decide. I know of some Conures that sound like a lot of fun, and great companions.

Keep us updated! Long post back at ya'
Mr Peepers likes this.
Mrs.JP3 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Mrs.JP3 For This Useful Post:
Mr Peepers (07-09-2016)
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-09-2016, 11:00 AM



 
Mr Peepers's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 5,050
Thanks: 1,410
Thanked 656 Times in 569 Posts
Rep Power: 16
   
Any bird you bring into your home will have to adjust to its new surroundings just like you have to adjust to adding it to your life. I have never worried about bringing in a new breed, I just make sure there is a separate cage for it and give it time out when I am able to be in the room to watch any and all interactions it will have with any birds that like to be out and about at the same time.

If the conure doesn't get along with the free flying birds then give it separate time out and socialize with it one on one. In time when the bird is sure of the love and attention it gets from you it may change its idea about how it acts with your other birds and will soon fit in with being out when your other birds are out and interact with them without issues.

As for noise, your conure just might be low key or be as loud as your other birds when they sing or call. I've had birds that were sweet singers and callers and I've had a budgie or two that would scream until I thought my ears would bleed.

I learned to give the screamers a little more attention and if that didn't work I also learned to turned the music down in the bird room so it was quieter. SPX my screaming budgie gets a lot quieter when there is much lower sound in his room. THANK GOD!

If you are going to get the conure I hope it works well for you. Personally I would get another budgie as well and make your other budgie happy as well. What's one more bird? Just ask Mrs.JP3.





Mr Peepers is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-09-2016, 11:10 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 46
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
What great suggestions MrPeepers.
I was thinking that too, I mean the little budgie sounds like he needs a friend, and they get along so easily normaly right?
Ha-ha
I really am the last person to ask about getting another bird. Went from 1 to 4 since February. And it was almost 5!
Mr Peepers likes this.

Last edited by Mrs.JP3; 07-09-2016 at 11:13 AM.
Mrs.JP3 is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-09-2016, 11:15 AM



 
Mr Peepers's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 5,050
Thanks: 1,410
Thanked 656 Times in 569 Posts
Rep Power: 16
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mrs.JP3 View Post
I was thinking that too, I mean the little budgie sounds like he needs a friend, and they get along so easily normaly right?
Ha-ha
I really am the last person to ask about getting another bird. Went from 1 to 4 since February. ?
Budgies have been known to get along well with conures so there is the chance the budgie will get along with the new addition of the conure.

But really there is nothing better then adding a new young budgie to the flock, just watching the crazy things young budgies do as they play and adapt to their new home is so much fun and it will keep Jill's budgie on his toes and make him happy having a buddy.





Mr Peepers is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-09-2016, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
 
BirdCrazyJill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 921
Thanks: 12
Thanked 450 Times in 340 Posts
Rep Power: 9
   
Thanks everyone! So I have been wrecking my brain about it all night, reading all I could and watching videos (I've also done loads of research over the past 5 or so years), I went and looked at cages because I know he would need his own cage, and I went back to the pet store to see him... he was much more active than he was yesterday, which is a good thing, but he was also screaming his head off... which I know is expected but I went in there saying if something doesn't feel 100% right them I'm not committing to him, and it was just too much for me at the time We currently have 3 cages in a moderate-size apartment and adding a fourth is kind of overwhelming, and I worry about my current 4 birds annoying the neighbors and this guy's volume just kind of pushed me over the edge into the "no zone". Maybe some day when we finally get a house and are not sharing walls with other people I can finally fulfill my dream of having a conure.

But the good news is, I came home with the budgie that I had originally gone back to look at yesterday He's not tame whatsoever but honestly I wanted him to hopefully please my EB, I'm hoping they will become friends once they can be out together! He's so cute to me even though he's scared to death at the moment

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your input! I really appreciate it!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg budgie.JPG (113.1 KB, 15 views)
Mr Peepers likes this.
BirdCrazyJill is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to BirdCrazyJill For This Useful Post:
Mr Peepers (07-09-2016)
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-09-2016, 12:19 PM



 
Mr Peepers's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 5,050
Thanks: 1,410
Thanked 656 Times in 569 Posts
Rep Power: 16
   
Well it looks like it worked out in the end, even though you didn't get the conure you did get a beautiful young budgie to make your other budgie a happy boy.

He's beautiful! Congrats.


Mr Peepers is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-09-2016, 02:12 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 46
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Awe, hey little guy! Cute!
Sounds like you did the right thing. I was so torn over bringing home my new girls little sibling, a beautiful green male Fallow Parrotlet. My husband and I even decided to get them both, and then the next morning I told him I changed my mind and he said the same.
It's hard to say no sometimes but it always leaves room for the possibility of another one in the future.
Glad you got the budgie!
Mrs.JP3 is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-09-2016, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
 
BirdCrazyJill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 921
Thanks: 12
Thanked 450 Times in 340 Posts
Rep Power: 9
   
I was just leaning more towards no than yes for several reasons... the additional cage is really a big deal because of our limited living space as it is, and I am a teacher so I have the summer off but once school starts up again I really don't have an extensive amount of time to spend with the birds, and my birds are used to it and ok because they're not high-activity animals, but I feel like the behavior of a conure would not benefit from my lack of time to spend with them or let them out, especially if they would need separate out of cage time. I just felt like it wasn't a great idea even though I so wanted to impulsively get him! hehe

and our new little guy is so cute! I'm already loving hearing his little chirps and budgie chatter
Mr Peepers likes this.
BirdCrazyJill is offline  
Closed Thread

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Talk Parrots Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome