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Linnies & Bourkes?

sriseahawk

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Hi everyone,
I currently have two Linnie males that are caged together and are hand-tame and very friendly.
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Anyway. I'm considering getting a third bird to keep with them. I would love to get another Linnie, but three is a crowd and I don't have room for four ;)

This is where another species comes in. Linnies are very gentle and quiet birds, so I am looking for one to compliment that and Bourkes came up in my search. The breeder that I used for the Linnies also does Bourkes, and they all turn out to be wonderful little gentle birds.

I'm curious what everyone's thoughts are on housing all three of these birds together? Typically I would always say that each species should have it's own cage, but in this case since they are all such gentle and passive species; I'm wondering if that would be necessary? They have a very similar diet and play with the same kind of toys, so it would be an ideal match if possible.

Thoughts?

Thanks!
 

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How large of a cage do you have?
 

NorthernGannet

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People told me Bourkes and linnies got along, so I got a Bourke to keep with company with a single linnie. In about 4-6 weeks the Bourke was bullying the linnie while in the large cage, chasing him around and completely stressing him out. Needless to say, it didn't work. I've only had this one experience, but I wouldn't do it again.
 

sriseahawk

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People told me Bourkes and linnies got along, so I got a Bourke to keep with company with a single linnie. In about 4-6 weeks the Bourke was bullying the linnie while in the large cage, chasing him around and completely stressing him out. Needless to say, it didn't work. I've only had this one experience, but I wouldn't do it again.
This is incredibly helpful, thank you!
 

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That cage isn't big enough for three birds, especially if you want to mix species with the risks that brings.

Your birds are very cute and seem to get on beautifully. A third bird is going to disrupt that dynamic. I would just enjoy their company and let them be a pair.
 

sriseahawk

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That cage isn't big enough for three birds, especially if you want to mix species with the risks that brings.

Your birds are very cute and seem to get on beautifully. A third bird is going to disrupt that dynamic. I would just enjoy their company and let them be a pair.
Seems like the best option. I’ll add another cage and another bird when space allows.
 
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