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Hey all! So I currently have a baby rosy Bourke, she's such a great bird, and I've really been wanting to get a second bird. I'm leaning towards either a GCC or a lovebird, but I had some questions. I absolutely would NOT house it in the same cage as my Bourke, however, would it be ok to have them out at the same time in my room for supervised interaction? I'm a college student, not in a dorm, but I don't have the time to spend hours with both birds individually. I can spend a lot of time with them if they could be out at the same time. If it's not possible for either of those options to coexist with the Rosy Bourke while supervised, does anyone have other suggestions? I was also considering a cockatiel or budgie, but I'm concerned about the health effects of so much dust in my bedroom, and I'm not a huge budgie fan. Thanks so much!
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Hi keenpeach and Welcome to Talk Parrots, adding another bird to the household is always so much fun for me as I enjoy watching the new bird settle in and then get to know its current birb occupants.

Supervised meetings are always good and the best way to handle it. Let the new bird settle in and with you and get use to you and your feeding and cage detail routines. Place both birds cages next to each other so they can talk and interact daily while you are out and about. In a few weeks let the new bird out with your RB and watch the interaction one on one personally and up close.

What I usually do is set up some millet or fresh foods where both birds can go to eat it at the same time. They usually flutter around and fuss a bit but will settle in to eat and that's the biggest challenge. Once they munch together then everything else is easy.

I have owned budgies and cockatiels and canary's that all ate together and hung out together without any issues ever. The aggressive one was the canary's because they were smaller and didn't want to let the bigger birds get all the good food. Canary's are piggy's! lol

If you are worried about dust in your room then you might consider buying an air purifier to keep up with the dust. This is a good investment but don't buy a purifier that has changeable air filters as they can be expensive to replace.

There are really good air purifiers that have filters you can vacuum and wash and put back in the machine to start cleaning the air right away.

Good luck in your choice of birds and please post what you end up buying. We'd love to hear how it goes with you and your new bird friend.
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