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Looking to Adopt a Second Parrot

Nostromo

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Hello, we are the very happy family of a 14 year old Blue Head Pionus female. We live in middle TN and would be willing to travel a few hours. We're ready to add one more parrot and would like to find a mature adult who is in need of a new home. We have a human child, too - a 2 year old boy who has grown up around our parrot and knows to avoid touching her, but we'd need a parrot that could safely live with a child. We also have a small dog who, again, has lived for years with a flighted parrot. We would be looking for a social, even-tempered bird who can tolerate a family environment and another bird in the home. I work from home and would have plenty of time to spend with the new addition but the bird would need to be able to spend some time alone in their cage as well. We are open to any species, though most interested in medium and large parrots.
 

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AviaryByTheSea

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Hello, we are the very happy family of a 14 year old Blue Head Pionus female. We live in middle TN and would be willing to travel a few hours. We're ready to add one more parrot and would like to find a mature adult who is in need of a new home. We have a human child, too - a 2 year old boy who has grown up around our parrot and knows to avoid touching her, but we'd need a parrot that could safely live with a child. We also have a small dog who, again, has lived for years with a flighted parrot. We would be looking for a social, even-tempered bird who can tolerate a family environment and another bird in the home. I work from home and would have plenty of time to spend with the new addition but the bird would need to be able to spend some time alone in their cage as well. We are open to any species, though most interested in medium and large parrots.
Hello, we are the very happy family of a 14 year old Blue Head Pionus female. We live in middle TN and would be willing to travel a few hours. We're ready to add one more parrot and would like to find a mature adult who is in need of a new home. We have a human child, too - a 2 year old boy who has grown up around our parrot and knows to avoid touching her, but we'd need a parrot that could safely live with a child. We also have a small dog who, again, has lived for years with a flighted parrot. We would be looking for a social, even-tempered bird who can tolerate a family environment and another bird in the home. I work from home and would have plenty of time to spend with the new addition but the bird would need to be able to spend some time alone in their cage as well. We are open to any species, though most interested in medium and large parrots.
Let me start by saying in my opinion with the knowledge and 27 years experience, and hearing 1st hand accounts of smaller birds meeting their demise at the beak of a larger parrot in the home it is highly inadvisable to mix smaller parrots like your pionus and medium-large to large parrots. And if anyone disagrees because of positive experiences with no mishaps, I would argue yes most times if the mixture of birds is supervised nothing will happen. The problem is I have seen photo and listened to countless 1st hand accounts of crushed heads, necks crushed and broken, beaks bitten off, eyes lost, legs or toes bitten off, broken wings, massive cuts and brides bleeding to death right before their owners eyes. So I highly advise against a medium large or large parrot.

You have a Blue Headed Pionus, coincidentally that my very first bird that bought with my own money at the rip old age of 11. I love that species, Rasputin lived for almost 30 years.

I would recommend trying to get another pionus you will probably be able to house them
In the same cage, proper cage size permitting.
CAGs are a good match if they like each other… some would argue that are incompatible because in the wild BHP are from central and South America. While CAGs are from Equatorial Africa and since they never meet in the wild they sometimes view the other species as a threat and have a hard co habitating. My experience was fine. I would stick with birds around the same size and from the same continent.

Now I housed Rasputin with my CAG Luna all went well they eventually paired up I never bred them but every time Luna laid eggs I snatched them up, I have no idea if they were fertile or not because I didn’t want to feel bad if they were… and if I knew they were fertile I would have incubated them.

ANYWAY… all this time I have always had macaws… I have 8 here the flock grew from 1 macaw to 8 and I have had some of my birds for 27 years. I raised a few as babies, and never got them over 1.5 years old because of the type of training I provide my birds.

even with all the training all my birds had… natures instincts take over and after noticing unusual behaviors being exhibited… like aggression, puffing up etc. I didn’t trust that something wasn’t or couldn’t happen. So whenever I left the home… I brought BHP and CAG inside and left the macaws outside. Eventually I got a 2nd outdoor aviary just got them. And I kept a watchful eye when they were out inside the home.
 

Nostromo

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Let me start by saying in my opinion with the knowledge and 27 years experience, and hearing 1st hand accounts of smaller birds meeting their demise at the beak of a larger parrot in the home it is highly inadvisable to mix smaller parrots like your pionus and medium-large to large parrots. And if anyone disagrees because of positive experiences with no mishaps, I would argue yes most times if the mixture of birds is supervised nothing will happen. The problem is I have seen photo and listened to countless 1st hand accounts of crushed heads, necks crushed and broken, beaks bitten off, eyes lost, legs or toes bitten off, broken wings, massive cuts and brides bleeding to death right before their owners eyes. So I highly advise against a medium large or large parrot.

You have a Blue Headed Pionus, coincidentally that my very first bird that bought with my own money at the rip old age of 11. I love that species, Rasputin lived for almost 30 years.

I would recommend trying to get another pionus you will probably be able to house them
In the same cage, proper cage size permitting.
CAGs are a good match if they like each other… some would argue that are incompatible because in the wild BHP are from central and South America. While CAGs are from Equatorial Africa and since they never meet in the wild they sometimes view the other species as a threat and have a hard co habitating. My experience was fine. I would stick with birds around the same size and from the same continent.

Now I housed Rasputin with my CAG Luna all went well they eventually paired up I never bred them but every time Luna laid eggs I snatched them up, I have no idea if they were fertile or not because I didn’t want to feel bad if they were… and if I knew they were fertile I would have incubated them.

ANYWAY… all this time I have always had macaws… I have 8 here the flock grew from 1 macaw to 8 and I have had some of my birds for 27 years. I raised a few as babies, and never got them over 1.5 years old because of the type of training I provide my birds.

even with all the training all my birds had… natures instincts take over and after noticing unusual behaviors being exhibited… like aggression, puffing up etc. I didn’t trust that something wasn’t or couldn’t happen. So whenever I left the home… I brought BHP and CAG inside and left the macaws outside. Eventually I got a 2nd outdoor aviary just got them. And I kept a watchful eye when they were out inside the home.
Hi AviaryByTheSea, thank you for your thoughtful advice. I wasn't super specific in the post, but when I said medium or large parrots, I wasn't meaning as large as a macaw or large cockatoo. I think Amazon would probably be the largest we would consider. Sometimes people consider Amazons & Greys large parrots, sometimes medium parrots, so I included both sizes :)
 

Nostromo

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Since you are in Middle TN, you may want to check out EAST (Exotic Avian Sanctuary of Tennessee) in Nashville.
Exotic Avian Sanctuary of Tennessee (tnavianrescue.org)
Yes, I've been talking to them about adotping and volunteering there cleaning the little aviary :) since we have a young child and another parrot, we do have pretty specific requirements about what kind of birds would be suitable to our home, but hopefully we'll find the perfect fit!
 
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