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different species in same cage?

ok i know there is a lot of controversy on this subject. however i would like opinions and if anyone has tried this. i was thinking about putting my green cheek conure with my tiels or i was think about putting a sun conure with my green cheek anyone ever done this or have any thoughts about it

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not a good idea, ESPECIALLY mixing with cockatiels, who are very docile while GCC can be cage aggressive, nippy and have a much stronger bite than tiels. going to say no on this one. and sun conures are much bigger and stronger than GCC. bad call, do not risk it.




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i thought about getting another green cheek but i wanted another color so i could tel them a part and i can not find any around here i wanted kiwi to have a friend to play with

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i would wait to find another GCC instead of mixing in with other species. it can be very dangerous and a bird could possibly be badly injured or killed. best keep them caged separate or get him a GCC friend and wait to find another one.



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ok i will keep looking for what i am looking for thank you

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Maybe try to find a Cinnamon GCC, that would be easy to tell them apart. Good luck on your search.



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Even same species do not always work out in the same cage. Since GCCs can be cage aggressive, I would be very cautious when first introducing the potential cage mates & make sure it is on neutral ground.

I have all my budgies in the same cage, but they tend to be more gregarious & accepting of such. And they are in a large flight cage with a good amount of limbs. My two macaw brothers, however can no longer be in the same cage. When I first brought them home, they were used to being together & I put them in the large aviary together. My aviary is an 8X5, but after Roscoe my normal one settled in, I had to half the aviary & give both their own space. They do love being next to each other, so should another bird not work out in the same cage with your resident fiddie you might could keep the cages close enough for them to hang out together when caged.
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not a good idea, ESPECIALLY mixing with cockatiels, who are very docile while GCC can be cage aggressive, nippy and have a much stronger bite than tiels. going to say no on this one. and sun conures are much bigger and stronger than GCC. bad call, do not risk it.

I agree that it's a horrible idea and should never be done. But having said that, the article also shows injuries with same species. So with that logic same species (2 gcc or 2 love birds or 2 of anything) should not be in same cage. So 1 bird a cage. I think that's a bit of a paranoia. There will always be risks. We let our kids go to school alone and cross the street even though there are probably more dangers to that.

Having said that like I said I would never put different species together. However species of equal size, equal beak size and equal aggression might not be so bad as long as its seen that they get along.
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yes some are injuries from same species--BUT it is to show what can occur if birds do not get along and if you mix species that should NOT be mixed together. this article is not stating same birds should not share a cage, that right there is putting words in my mouth. what it is saying is that these are the injuries you could be facing with incompatible birds--thats different species, different aggression levels, and different personalities. whether you read paranoia in it, that is your perception and how you are reading it.


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Different activities, stages in age, and hormones come in to play too. Mine do NOT share food, but get along well otherwise (usually). My grey goes through stages of loving and "not loving" from time to time too. So, if you did house two together seeing that they get along well, it might not stay that way. Like others have stated, they seem to need their own space, but close to each other. Again, my experience is birds don't share; toys or food and sometimes attention.
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I guess it's best to have every bird in its own cage regardless if it's the same species or not. Hopefully no one with 2 gcc houses them in the same cage no matter how well they get along since accidents can happen.
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Dexter and Pickles are the best of buddies, they had one or two scraps at first but other than that nothing more. I wouldn't even dream of separating them now! There are always risk factors though, I mean I showed Dexter her brother Perry and they got on a little but as soon as I moved away from them for a moment they went crazy! I would get another green cheek

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On this same subject what about linnies and tiels in the same aviary?
Both are docile.

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I saw a post on Facebook with somebody keeping them with budgies in the same aviary, I can't imagine cockatiels would be a problem but you might have to separate at one point

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I suppose birds are kinda like friends if that makes any sense. You can spend plenty of time with them but when you dont have your own space tensions can run high and, well in birds cases it can lead to injury, though mind you there have beens time when I wouldnt have minded severing my friends foot off for being annoying or just in my face. (HAH not really... >.> -cough-)

I think really I guess it depends on the bird. I used to keep two cockatiels in the same cage and they were fine together. We often put Wisp (Rainbow Lorikeet) in the same cage though mind you it was MASSIVE so they all had plenty of space and never seemed to bother one another. Probably because birds tend to have that flight of fight sort of... mentality I guess. if they can fly away or avoid a fight they will as apposed to fighting, so in an enclosed space flight isn't always an option which leads to injury.

That is kind of why I'd never mix Lokis "playmate" Dex (an IRN) in the same cage because Dex is terrified of Loki and if he can't fly away he'd more than likely attack, and he has a much larger beak than my lil' Loki.

So yeh I guess lots of factors come into play. Species, Gender, Age, Nature, Cage Size, etc. Lots of things. so I guess it's better to be safe than sorry, unless you know your birds well enough to know that they wont get tired of the company ;P


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well my Indian ringneck and gcc live together and adore eachother

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Indian ring necks seem pretty placid, ive pretty much heard nothing but good stories about them being really well behaved


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HAHAHAHA! Indian ringnecks, placid!? Solo may be but mine would murder another bird if given the chance, they're even known to kill their mates

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I wouldn't risk it if I were you. Your cockatiel could get badly injured as GCCs are usually cage aggressive and their bites are stronger as well. And a sun conure with a GCC may not work either as a sun conure can be the same. Occaisionally, and I don't mean to encourage you, but very occaisionally it may work out between similar species in the same cage as long as the cage is big enough to get away from each other, for example cockatiels and budgies, linnies and budgies, but sadly most of the time it doesn't work out and one of the birds will get injured.
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