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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Does Size Really Matter?

When Krikkit was (sorta) forced on us, we were expecting a little
Bruce Banner sun conure and instead what we got was an Incred-
ible Hulk Nanday. It's taken quite awhile for me to feel comfortable
leaving her and the budgies hanging out together, but over time
she's shown that she knows it's wrong to bully those smaller than

Yesterday she barged up behind tiny BooBoo at his food tray, grabbed
one of his wing feathers in her beak, and gave it a good tug. Boo just
ignored her and kept on pigging out, so she did the same with one of
his tail feathers. Same response (or lack of one). She let go and sulked
off with the most pathetically dejected look on her face.

But I'm already going off on tangents -- what I was curious about is this:
Is there a limit in the difference in size between two birds beyond which
they cannot be safely kept together without supervision in, let's say, a
large room? (Hawks & doves not included!)

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I think it depends on the individual birds themselves, but one incident is all it takes for a little one to be killed or maimed. I tend to trust our pionus around our tiny birds. I'm assuming there is probably about as much difference between a maximilian pionus and a bourkes as there is between a nanday and a budgie, but I don't actually know the size of Nandays. However, a tragedy could occur at any instant. I know a person once posted on this forum, or perhaps it was the linnie forum, that they walked out of the room for an instant and returned to find their linnie dead. They believed their maximilian killed it while they were away.

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I think too that it depends on the individual birds. You could get a pair of birds of the same species who would still kill eachother!

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I've had a lovebird rip off one of my budgies' top beak. It was a horrible experience and I learned my lesson about different bird species being together at playtime.

The budgie, Harper Lou, survived and his beak partially grew back. He is the happy and playful budgie as he was before.
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