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Margaret <email address not displayed>
Margaret wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > Well, Donna, I have a sun conure that gets along well with a cockatiel > that he grew up with. But many of my other cockatiels will have > bloody feet if my sun conure got his way. Then my sun conure also > sort of grew up with a maroon belly conure in the house and both of > these feisty "Momma loving babies" used to get along briefly for short > periods of time on a shared play gym. Sometimes spats would break out > and for safety's sake, I'd need to separate them. Eventually their > time spent on a shared playgym grew longer in between spats and now > they might spat but most of the time they work it out amongst > themselves. But since neither of these birds have full flight, and > they are both males and may become frustrated, I will separate them if > things get a little crazy. But they will sit as close as possible to > each other, often with their tail feathers overlapping each other's > and they'll preen each other. So they are becoming friends, but they > have lived together here with me for the past few years and I got the > sun conure when he was 3 months old and the maroon belly was acquired > at almost a year old. > > I would say that if the birds were both under a year in age, over time > they may become friends. Conures are stronger birds than cockatiels > so you may need to keep them separate for your cockatiel's safety. If > you watch your birds closely, you'll notice aggression before they get > too close to each other. Let the conure get close enough to grab the > cockatiel's tail feathers, for example (with you holding the cockatiel > and the conure on a play gym or something - with flight feathers > trimmed on each bird). If the conure lunges at the tail feathers to > bite and pull them, then you wouldn't want them next to each other > where the conure might grab the skinny little neck of the cockatiel or > bite off a small talon. > > Because each bird has their own personality, not all birds are going > to like each other. You will have to see how the individual > relationship dynamics of those two birds turn out to be. It is hard > to say, but I wouldn't allow them to sleep in the same cage at all and > I would be completely prepared to maintain separate play areas outside > of their cages when they are allowed out with the family. Make sure > each bird receives their individualized time together so that nobody > feels neglected. Conures would normally never come into contact with > cockatiels in the wild and it is possible, because birds have > sensitive respiratory systems, that the relatively dusty powdery > cockatiel could cause respiratory problems for the conure. Housing > them in the same cage is not advised and any contact they have with > each other should be fully and completely supervised for your smaller > and more gentle cockatiel's safety. > > My Nanday doesn't like any of my other 22 parrots here. They say that > Nandays get along with other birds, but mine isn't showing that side > of himself yet. <smile> So each bird is different and needs love and > patience. > > Good luck. > > > > Donna wrote: > > We currently have a cockatiel. My daughter has been offered a > conure > > that is about 2yrs old. The family that currently has the bird > does > > not have the time to spend with it. My questions is, will these > birds > > be able to learn to get along together, is it possible for them to > > share a large cage, and can they eat some of the same foods?
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