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Mixed flights

How many of you guys successfully keep a mixed aviary? I currently have budgies, cockatiels and a diamond dove all living together. When I had zebra finches, they were all in there too. I know a lot of people state that you should never mix species but honestly, I've never had a problem with the budgies and tiels being together! I wouldn't house them together in a cage but in a flight with plenty of food and water around I never ever see squabbles
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It's a Big call.
I don't know if I told you I got badly bagged on AA for saying mixed birds can work.

Yes Daisy it can work.
Sadly it can also not work.

You are right in what you state. Out in an aviary it maybe doable. But it will be determined by the species mix and how they inter play.
Mixed birds in separate cages (cages being the problem) maybe where the trouble is.
Like one bird landing on another's cage and loosing a toe or foot very fast.

As you know I am anti cages and my flock fly free 24/7. Evan the home stays are allowed to mix if they want. They do have to show me they are not going to be any trouble.
I have just had a Sun Conure in for the last seven weeks and he has been allowed to have his cage open most of that time. While he did not mix with the other he did not cause any problems either. Well except when he and Dexter had a few minor hissing due to both wanting to own me. Most of the time they shared with no issues.

Why I feel it works for me and my flock! It could do with them being allowed to be semi free and living in a laid back peaceful environment. And no birds locked up in cages. Well again the Sun was shut up in his cage when I was at work.


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Oh yeah... AA... I've lurked over there some... I don't like it there at all ... Some of those people are ruthless... Our little forum is so polite and nice!
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Thank you Clive! I don't necessarily mean mixing birds like macaws and budgies together for instance, but I'm talking birds of a similar size. I really, really would like to have a pair of linnies and have done for a very long time. Layla (Oni) bred my dream bird first go! A mauve linnie I called Pixel. I'd still love to have him but right now I know for a fact that I am in no position to have birds in the home again and unfortunately for now I do not have a spare aviary going. I was wondering how the species would interact. The diamond dove is a very gentle fella and he has never been any hassle at all, the budgies (surprisingly) aren't the bully birds most people make them out to be and they often hang out and snuggle up to the cockatiels in there too. The cockatiels keep to themselves, they've never been trouble
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Maybe it would be fair to add for any people new to birds.
They should research as much as possible and be able to understand a birds body language. And an understanding of species.

Yes I have also seen Cockatiels and Budgies in the same cage (3x Budgies 2x Cockatiels)
Happy as from what I could see.
While the norm is to say the Budgies will bully the Tiels so don't do it.


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Oh definitely. I tend to remove my trouble makers and they are often housed in pairs instead. I've always considered trying with the kakarikis too. I can imagine they'd be okay to be honest. There is only thin mesh between them and the budgies and they never go for toes or anything either


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I wouldn't consider mine a "flock" but my two are doing well together in their flight! they also have access to the living room during the day, so they're not stuck inside the cage all of the time.
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My tiel got in the budgie cage today while I was cleaning cages... While she was happily chowing down on their food, a bratty lutino budgie hen slowwlllyy crept up to her, then BAM! Bit my tiel on the toe and made her cry... Poor little ( 3 times the budgie size ) tiel...
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linnies tend to be good with gentle birds. I got mine because I had canaries and I read they are popular aviary birds with finches/canaries and other mild tempered birds. I keep them in a large flight cage with canaries...but I've only had them for about a year so I can't say how they are for sure. I do know that I separate the species during the breeding season (mostly because the linnies are busybodies and the canary won't nest when the linnies are around). Also, the canaries are very fast and the linnies are not .

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See now I can't house my canaries with anything else, not even other canaries at the best of times
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. Yes, some canaries can be little buggers with each other. I did have to get rid of a pair because my females were fighting....surprisingly, my males get along fine.

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My budgie and linnie get along really well. They love playing together so far. While the linnie isn't scared of the budgie, my budgie has a more outgoing personality. I think it could work with the right mixture of personalities. Everyone says budgies are bullys/aggressive....maybe they are but if you've owned a parrotlet, then budgies at their worst are sweet as can be! Or maybe it is just mine? She doesn't seek out trouble, but if it comes to her, she will stick up for herself.

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I have also a mixed flight..
cockatiels,bourkes,red rumpet,kakariki,barraband and linnies..
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