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Progress w/socializing my 3 birds

I have shared on the forum before that I have been letting my parrotlet, budgie, and linnie meet for a few minutes at a time on neutral territory over the last 4-5 months. I want to do this while the girls are still young so that I don't have to worry about their curiosity always pushing them to seek the other out. It has worked because they no longer seem to be so curious about each other and just now kinda hang. Anyway, I have gradually increased the meeting time by a few minutes here and there and I always supervise them and let them have millet (their favorite treat) when they are together for positive association.

Anyway, I was so pleased this weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday morning I had all of the birds out at the same time. Oliver (parrotlet) was on his gym and Mina (linnie) and Cozette (budgie) were on their play basket with the sink separating the girls from Oliver. It is hard to explain without seeing it, but there is a patch of counter behind the sink and in front of the sink that I blocked with a bottle of dish soap and a cup. Mina and Cozette tried following me around the counter but could not get past the barriers. Oliver always stays on his gym. After a few minutes, I took Oliver over to the girls' area and let them hang out. They did very very well and Oliver was super happy. You can hear him making his happy chirps in the video.

Two things really made me very impressed with Oliver. First, he let Mina go on his play gym while he preened himself (as you can see in the pictures below-not good quality but I didn't want to disturb them too much). Second, Oliver figured out a detour to the barriers instantly when the girls could not. He saw the barrier and didn't even bother with trying to get around them like the girls had unsuccessfully done. When he was ready to go back to his gym, Oliver just went down the strip that separates one side of the sink from the other and completely bypassed the barriers altogether! It was pretty amazing to see his problem solving skills. I was like, I didn't even think of that! LOL He might be smarter than me

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/BvVhwLNR69c

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THE GIRLS AND OLIVER WITH VEGGIES ON HIS BEAK, LOL:







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4thebirds, I love your multicultural living community, thanks so much for sharing!
Yes, sometimes it's stunning how intelligent our fids are.
Look here, Louise (linnie) from Germany is opening the lock of her cage.

http://www.katharinasittiche.de/foru...=louise#p71749
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4thebirds, I love your multicultural living community, thanks so much for sharing!
Yes, sometimes it's stunning how intelligent our fids are.
Look here, Louise (linnie) from Germany is opening the lock of her cage.

http://www.katharinasittiche.de/foru...=louise#p71749
Thanks for sharing this! Mina actually knows how to unlock the toy hangers that are screws!
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How awesome to see three very different birds interacting! They always look so happy too

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i love multiple species flocks! sometimes i forget how cute linnies are (she is adorable!)

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4thebirds sweet to watch your birds together! Lucky you! Oliver is sooo cute have never seen a parrotlet that color.

My linnies also unscrew the toy hangers as well !

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They are so adorable! Oliver looks like he has blue eye shadow on
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I take the interspecies / multicultural thing a step further at my house! I even let my doves and finches get in the act... BUT my only parrots are Bourkes and Scarlet Chesteds and they are very mild-mannered AND everyone can fly so they can always get away if there's a problem - but there really aren't any problems. I've never seen any aggression in my "flock".






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It's great to see birds of different species mixing and mingling together with no obvious problems or aggression, perhaps they could teach the human race a thing or two.
Thanks for sharing 4thebirds and Twitter09.

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I take the interspecies / multicultural thing a step further at my house! I even let my doves and finches get in the act... BUT my only parrots are Bourkes and Scarlet Chesteds and they are very mild-mannered AND everyone can fly so they can always get away if there's a problem - but there really aren't any problems. I've never seen any aggression in my "flock".
Linnies are also mild mannered.

I almost got doves when looking for a new bird (before Linnies) because noise was my biggest concern. How are they as pets, can you touch them?--the research I did on this varied on how easy they are to tame, but I see all these magicians use them and I can't imagine they are that difficult to tame...even "wild" pigeons are easy to tame.

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Ringneck Doves are fully domesticated and easy to tame, though some will be shy if they only ever lived in an aviary or were roughly handled. Mine will all fly to me.





I had this baby flying to me at less than 6 weeks of age:


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They are all so cute! I love your linnie! I think linnies and bourkes would probably also get along well as my linnie was so even tempered :'( . I just LOVE your linnie, they are the sweetest birds

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They are all so cute! I love your linnie! I think linnies and bourkes would probably also get along well as my linnie was so even tempered :'( . I just LOVE your linnie, they are the sweetest birds
Yes my budgie and linnie get along pretty well. I still wouldn't cage them together tho. Even tho I don't think my linnie would ever hurt my budgie, she does boss her around sometimes and I wouldn't want my budgie in a confined space with someone bossing her around. My plet it kinda anti-social with other birds. I think it is because he was alone and not interacted with much for the first 2.5 years of his life. So in general, he wasn't very socialized. We are working on that and he has made a lot of progress with that in all of the other areas--his only weak area right now is other birds. He is okay with them as long as they don't get too close or touch his stuff. That seems to be okay with my budgie because she just takes no for no, but my linnie, she is so curious about him and so kind of gets in his space. It is getting better but I am not sure if I will ever be able to have them out on a playgym together for more than a few minutes and constant supervision. We shall see.
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Linnies are also mild mannered.

I almost got doves when looking for a new bird (before Linnies) because noise was my biggest concern. How are they as pets, can you touch them?--the research I did on this varied on how easy they are to tame, but I see all these magicians use them and I can't imagine they are that difficult to tame...even "wild" pigeons are easy to tame.
I have found that the larger species of doves, like the ringneck, are easier to tame down than the smaller species, such as my diamond dove. I absolutely love them though. The collared doves I have spent time with have been wonderful, gentle, laid back birds. My diamonds have been the same, but they're a lot more flighty. I know people who have had them hand reared though and they seem just as sweet

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