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So Blue Bell came home yesterday hes still pretty freaked out and Im quarantining him in my room, he ate a blueberry(well a few) and really seems to enjoy them hes pretty scared of the camera so Ill have to wait a few days to take pictures. But Im not sure how to introduce him and Russ after the quarantine is over. As I've said Russ gets very jealous and flies and jumps on Delilah so they cant be out together whats the best way to get them to meet eachother. I figure once the quarantine is over I'll put their cages side by side. Russ is a bit bigger and I just dont want anyone getting hurt
 

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i think putting their cages side by side is good, but if thats too much, farther away at first i think will be good too :) from the other photos of him, he's gorgeous!
 

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aww congratulations. How I introduced my Conures together for the first time is by having two cages side by side for a few days. I made a mistake of letting one out first to approach the other one's cage and Maui (my cinnamon GCC) got his toe hurts cause my female managed to bit his toe through the cage bars, so be careful in that area.

Once out together I had noticed with them leadership must be established, so you might see a nip here and there, but once that's out of the way they'll start to preen one and another (peace is restored). Now they can all be put in 1 cage without any problem:)
 

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Hes eating some acorn squash right now :) Hes pretty timid still.
Thats a god idea Tippa but what if Russ lunges at him? Thats what he tries to do to Delilah but I've always stopped him
 

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I think that's because Delilah is a Linnie, not same species, Blue Bell is another Conure and more closely related. But even so, boundary and leadership must be settle first and you might see a nip here and there, not always the case though, they might get on like a house on fire straight away.
 

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I just let my birds see one another in cages for a while, then try having them out together. Some get on and some never do. I am probably more protective than a lot of other people, and I don't let them stay together if they are bickering. I think this is because they are such vastly different sizes and could kill one another. My three little birds and Daisy get along fine. OK - I should say my kids' birds all get along fine.

My grey, senegal, and green cheek I have actually never allowed physical contact with one another because they look like they would hurt one another, and I'm too scared to let them try it. I sometimes let Shira, green cheek, out on me while I have the little birds on me, but she always chases them and I have to intervene.

I honetly think Roni, senegal, and Ashlynn, grey, might get along. They do not seem agressive toward on another when I have them out together, but I'm scared to try it because Ashlynn is huge and Roni is fearless.

Sorry, I don't think I mentioned, but I'm happy he is now home.
 

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Thanks guys hes very sweet hes tried all sorts of different food hes nine months old but hes very timid, he likes attention but hes still shy, the cats and dog dont seem to bother him and hes liked every food I've given him except hes not a fan of the smaller pellets I have( Russ's are a bit smaller like its like cockatiel size), also strangely he does not understand how to grasp food with his foot he just tries to balance it in his beak. But yes hes very shy so Im trying to just up his confidence, hes also never bitten. Hes so different then Russ whos exuberant and naughty and playful and a bully, hes just sweet and gentle. I probably spoil Russ lol though hes good 95 percent of the time.

That's a good point Nanay that's why I don't let Russ and Delilah out most of the time because unless hes busy hell try to bully her however the birds that were there before him he doesn't seem to take notice of, the budgies don't bother him one bit and although he doesn't play with the tiels he'll sit beside them. Im hoping since there very similar in size that I might have a chance Russ doesnt seem to be on kill mode with Deli either its more dominance hell fly at her so she flies away just to prove a point but I dont trust that he couldnt.

I remember my old black capped was friends with everyone I would even catch the budgies preening her which was very sweet. I wish Russ could be like this.
 

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We took Daisy and Shira to get their nails done today, and all the way there they kept picking at one another through the carrier bars. At first Cannary thought they were just chatting, but I told her I thought if we could understand them that they were telling one another off. Suddenly they both started trying to attack the other through the carrier bars. Shira kept trying to figure out how to get out of her carrier, and I think she would have tried to get into Daisy's to start something with her if she had gotten the job done.

If I remember correctly, the other people on this forum who have both green cheeks and pionus report that their birds dislike one another, too. However, I've heard that green cheeks are more pugnatious than other pyrrhura species. I don't have any others, though.
 

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CONGRATULATIONS!

I agree with everything else the others have said. I'd put them side by side for a while and just see how it goes but make sure there is a gap so nobody gets toes bitten etc.

Can't wait for pictures :D
 

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Russ clearly sees himself as the leader of the flock and the favorite. If you take this into consideration, you should do well. every flock has a hierarchy. Since he was there first, he feels he should be treated as first, which is why he's OK with those who were there before him (you likely aren't as hands on with the budgies/tiels as you are with Russ and Deli, or will be with Blue) so they aren't a "threat" to his position as your "favorite." Now that Deli has an injury, you're probably spending a little more time with her (as anyone would, nothing wrong with it in any way) so he's seeing that as a challenge to his position.

There was a really good article in Bird Talk about hierarchy and introducing a new bird. The biggest thing is to continue giving Russ some "preferential" treatment. He was there first, so he gets greeted first, fed first, etc. A lot of times, this can help with some of the aggression and dominance issues because then he's less likely to see Blue as a threat to his position within the flock. I hope that makes sense
 

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That's true Jenny the budgies see each other as there own flock so they stop by my shoulder for a chat and on my hand for some treats every morning but they don't sit with me like Deli or Russ do they stay for a minute then its back to the flock.

He certainly sees himself as the ruler of the roost Jenny, he respects me outside of the room, but when hes with the flock he's a little loopy trying to show the newbies that he is the boss. I will try the stuff you said I would like to lower his dominance level though do you have suggestions for that, Good thing you caught that Nanay I guess its the difference in personality eh? Gotta love the conure energy though

Thanks Daisy sadly Blue still remains ridiculously terrified of the camera Im practicing with setting it down far enough away that he doesnt react and getting it closer and closer.
 

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My experience with Conures introductions

Before, when I introduced Tai (Maroon Bellied) to my Chi (female GCC) she nearly bit his toe off, then Tai screamed out to surrender and that was all it took and straight away after that Tai started to preen Chi, they were from that point bonded.

Second round with my latest GCC Maui, I thought I won't make the mistake like the first time I'll put the cages side by side and let them get used to eachother maybe then this way they won't fight when introduced 'how wrong could I be:yikes:' when I let them out Chi nearly bit Maui's toe off and Tai went for the Maui's head, it was like a battle ground, but as soon as Maui surrendered, they then straight away after that got on like a house on fire. The beating is like it is a "MUST" and I called it the "initiation ceremony" into the gang/household with my Conures.

I hate the way Chi attacks, she goes for the toes every times and her bite is deadly:yesnod:. There, i'm telling you my experience in my introductions to let you know what could potentially happen when Conures are introduced, hope yours will be fine:thumbsup:
 

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As for the dominance, it's tricky. You can impose dominance on him, but you can't force him to be nice to the other birds. That's something they have to fight out for themselves, like Tippa's experience. I'm not really too sure on a way to decrease dominance in birds in a flock situation other than to appease it so he doesn't feel the need to force it on everyone. Perhaps Katie, Daisy, or someone with more experience with aviaries and large flock situations may have some better tips
 

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Congratulations, and good luck with your new bird!

Knowing bossy Kiki, I feel like when I introduce a GCC or any other future birds, she will feel like she should be #1. I could SO see that in her! She's a natural leader and bully anyway, and she loves me to death. I'm interested in seeing what she would do, as she doesn't bother with the budgies much (maybe because she was here last.)
 

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Congratulations, and good luck with your new bird!

Knowing bossy Kiki, I feel like when I introduce a GCC or any other future birds, she will feel like she should be #1. I could SO see that in her! She's a natural leader and bully anyway, and she loves me to death. I'm interested in seeing what she would do, as she doesn't bother with the budgies much (maybe because she was here last.)
Kiki knows the budgies are no threats, but another Conure is not to be tolerated and must get a good "initiation" beating :lol:. I know even when my GCC and Maroon bellied sees another Conure on TV, they go crazy and even flew over to my TV for a fight:giggle:
 

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ahh yes thanks guys i will try this hopefully theres no blood shed jk. And haha I know sunnies think they are the king of the world Russ doesnt like anyone besides me and my dad in the birdroom(not that my dad goes in there lol) if someone else goes in there he fluffs up all big like and starts moving his body back and forth. Conures are such dominant little bullies gotta love them.
 
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