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Hello everyone,

I own two untamed cockatiels named Fossil and Butternut. They are very fearful of people but I keep their cage in the living room, next to my chair, and keep their cage doors open all day. They are starting to wander around the house and comfortable sharing the living room with me. Their wings are clipped.

I have been thinking about buying a handreared bird that would enjoy interacting with me. My boyfriend is a shift worker and I get lonely in the house by myself so I would really enjoy the company of a bird.

I went to a pet store, a good pet store, that had handreared cockatiels that were beautiful and reasonably wary of me putting my hand to the cage bars but the store also had handreared lorikeets that were wrestling with each other to get closer to my hand and all three lorikeets licked my hand. I was impressed with the lorikeets and how they really seemed to want to be with people.

However, I'm worried if I purchased a lorikeet that it would harm my cockatiels during out of cage time?

I don't want to separate the cockatiels and lorikeet all the time, I understand quarantine and getting use to one another but I do not want to have to do this for the rest of the birds' life.

I have asked this question on talkcockatiels and have been told that lorikeets can be aggressive to other birds and a person has even witnessed a lorikeet killing a sun conure.

But I would like to hear from people who own lorikeets and just get more opinions on the whole situation.

Thanks! :)
 

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What alot of people consider aggression in Lorikeets is not always the case. They just play incredibly rough, other lorikeets seem to be able to cope with it but other birds can't. I have had and still have hand raised lorikeets and hand raised cockatiels. Both are great in their own ways. But a tame lorikeet is an absolute joy. They are absolute fools and very people orientated birds when tame. I just love them. Anything that can be made into a toy is enjoyed by them. I have used the cardboard centre of a toilet roll, an empty soft drink can. Both were enjoyed by the birds. It is really funny watching a lorikeet with the cardboard tube on its head running around the cage bumping into things, falling into the water container. Very cheap and easy to replace when destroyed. I have seen a pair of them with their heads in each end yelling at each other.

I had one here for a few days this week after he had been found by a friend and who I re-united with his owner on Wednesday. He just loved women. I couldn't talk with him on my shoulder as he kept shoving his beak and tongue in my mouth to give me kisses. He was a great bird and a delight to have.

Saying all that I would definitely not have them out with the Cockatiels or in the same cage with them. The cockatiels would not cope with his play antics. And yes they can be aggressive with other birds in breeding season.

For those of us who have had pet lorikeets you would not swap them for the world. Even with their drawbacks they are probably one of the best most amusing pet birds you could have.

You also need to remember they are not seed eating birds and should not be fed seeds at all. They do not have the acid in their digestive tract to enable them to digest the seeds and seeds in their diet can kill them. It affects their liver. They need to be given a good quality lorikeet mix which is either wet or dry. If you wish to feed dry then get the Wet Mix and just feed it dry as most dry mixes are only meant as a supplement and is there for them if you cannot give wet on a regular basis. Wet mixes should only be left in the cage for a maximum of 2 hours during the hot months. Many dry mixes don't have the same ingredients as the wet and is not a complete diet. The main one I advise this about is Shep's Lory Wet and the separate dry. Use the wet to feed dry. There are only about 6 ingredients in the dry compared to over 15 in the wet. I make my own and sell it. I have been making it for 11 years now and it can be used wet or dry. I don't really agree with 2 different mixes.

Personally I would go for the Lorikeet as a pet and put up with having the cockatiels locked in their cage when the lorikeet is out for play. My birds have separate time out of the cage but are in the cage more often than out. They need to have ground rules set or they can become unmanageable. When naughty they are put back in their cage for time out. Basically the same as children they need to know their boundaries. You would not let kids just run riot, well birds need the same rules as they are about as intelligent as a 5 year old child.
 

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I don't have a Lorikeet but everything that Kate has said is very true.

Your decision is totally up to you, but like Kate said, you would not regret getting one, and all birds have their own different out of cage time,

What kind of lorikeet were they?
 

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Thank you for the information Kate. It has been very helpful and has given me a lot to think about because I do want a person oriented bird that enjoys all the playing.

They were olive rainbow lorikeets. :)
 

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Olive (or Grey Green) is one of my favourite mutations in the Rainbow. I have one here who is an absolute stunner. Absolutely huge bird, bigger than many normals.
 

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It's better to play it safe by having them have separate out of cage time in the beginning, and then, as you get to feel more comfortable, you might be able to allow them to have supervised time out together. Lorikeets are really awesome parrots!
 

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Kate's post is very informative.

I have birds that I do not allow out of their cages at the same time. If you really want a lorikeet, don't let the fact that you will probably need to give the birds separate out of cage time stop you. The birds accept it well. The lorikeet will enjoy having other birds to watch even if they can't ever have physical contact.

Lories are worth all of their "drawbacks". Just know what to expect.
 

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I agree Nanay. Lorikeets are really well worth their drawbacks. They are such awesome little birds.

Not too sure about their 1 1/2 inch tongues down the ear hole though. God that tickles.
 
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