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Margaret1 wrote: > And just so that you know, Raul, suns and nandays can produce > offspring. A friend of mine has a couple babies from just such a > union. > > I have a female sun who is friends with my female nanday and although > they spend some time happily together, they each have their own cage > and both seem to want their own space. At bed, they both want their > own cages. > > I have two male conures, a sun and a maroon belly/green cheek hybrid. > They're best of buddies and spend all their time together. Sleep time, > play gym time - all times together. If one hops on me, the other one > wants to come too. > > Then I have a female green cheek and a male dusky head conure. They > want their own cage AND their own play gyms. They will hang out > together nicely for about 15% of the time. > > So I'm just letting you know that it will be more about the individual > bird's personalities more so than what breed of conure you're putting > together. A good rule of thumb is to have the birds be close in size, > just in case one gets extra bossy or more aggressive. A small bird > wouldn't have a chance against a larger aggressor. > > The birds that get along here were not encouraged to hang out together > here by the humans. They gave me body language telling me they wanted > to join the other bird in their particular location. For example, > years went by and one day I was passing the maroon belly/green cheek > hybrid's play gym while I had the male sun conure on me. The sun was > leaning in the direction of the other bird and was definitely telling > me he wanted to be there. They initially kept a distance from each > other while on the play gym and kept an eye on each other. (Here is a > pic of that moment, about 7 years ago - > http://www.mmadison.com/photogallery/Conures/June28_2004%20045.jpg) > Over the course of a couple of weeks, they gradually became friendly > enough to sit close when resting. Eventually they started to preen > each other. Now they're best of buddies and do cute things like > "mirror imaging" each other. > (http://www.mmadison.com/photogallery/Conures/Happy_Boys.jpg) I don't > have any other cute pics of the other "pairs" at the moment. > > Anyhow, the same kind of thing happened with our female nanday and > female sun. Their cages are within 4 feet of each other and one day > the sun conure took a little glide over to the nanday's cage. She > explored the nanday's cage and ate from her food cup. The nanday > didn't seem to mind. They hang out and take naps in the same cage now > from time to time, but they don't preen each other like the two boys > do. Only once has the nanday went to the sun's cage to explore, and > when she did she did not stay long. The sun left her alone too. > > The female green cheek and the male dusky head conure were placed > together by us soon after the quarrantine period ended for the dusky. > They don't want much to do with the other. The dusky has been here > only about a year and a half. Nothing has changed between the two of > them during this time. They really don't want to hang out. They fight > over food cups and the green cheek is the attacker in this "pair". > Maybe as more time passes, things will change, but until then, we > maintain separate cages and separate out of cage time on different > playgyms for the most part. Sometimes they'll tolerate each other on a > large play gym for a short period of time, but we're constantly > breaking up fights and "rescuing" one of them. > > That is what you have to be prepared for - separate spaces and > separate one-on-one time with each bird for an indefinite length of > time. Don't expect that your birds will get along automatically just > because you get along with them each individually. It is ALWAYS, > ALWAYS best if you let the birds choose if/when to associate with each > other. Their body language will tell you when that is. There is no > need to formally "introduce them" to each other and put them together > just to see what they do. They will see each other and hear each other > there in the house. They will know there is another bird around. If > they want to "meet" in a closer environment, they will let you know. > Trust me. And that could be a decision that is made years down the > road too. So be patient. > > Also, be mindful not to make one bird jealous of the other, if you > happen to have one that is particularly attached to you. That will > make them sure rivals for your attention and will decrease any chance > that they'll get along nicely with each other. > > I hope some of this information is helpful.
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