Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: NYC, USA
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Congratulations on your new linnie. There is a lot of conflicting information because many times behavior is compiled from many different species. Most linnies do much better with a partner (there is the occasional older linnie that does not know how to bond with other birds). A lot of people have a pair or more of linnies and some have single. It doesn't seem to make a difference in their personality (pairs can still be tame, singles can develop hand shyness, etc).
I find the two linnies are not more trouble than one and they keep themselves entertained. You mentioned that a single one will consider you it's "soul mate", would you be ready for that kind of commitment. Look at pictures of linnies....most show two or more snuggled together and that is the way my two are almost everytime I look at them. I cannot provide that for my bird throughout its lifespan because of work, children, vacations, etc. For linnies in particular, I think two is a good thing.
As for letting him settle, my first linnie was more shy and took about a month to be comfortable. I would talk near his cage and when he started coming near me and seemed pleased to sit near me, I opened his cage. He would climb out and then I used to hold food for him to come to me. Remember, always let the bird come to you and don't invade his personal space.
My second linnie was more comfortable with hands and it took her about a week to come to me. Let the bird be your guide.