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Lovebird or Cockatiel?

  • Lovebird

    Votes: 5 38.5%
  • Cockatiel

    Votes: 8 61.5%

  • Total voters
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  • Poll closed .

Leih

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But, if that stuff isn't as much as an issue as I've assumed then I'd definitely be willing to look into a bonded pair!
I think it isn't. But I'm not the one with the experience in that area. Maybe someone else is?
 

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Absolutely! Although I'm not sure you've ever videoed her being sassy.
Sometimes she will lunge out of the blank and stop short of my face lol...

Real possessive/jealous of things...
 

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She's a wrecking ball! I'll have to give Aoife some empty rolls and see what she does.
 

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I've been afraid to get a bonded couple because I've heard that having a bonded couple can lead to the birds not really bonding with you and can lead to them being more aggressive
A key factor would also be lovebird age/past history. For example, you can work with 2 young bonded birds. socialise them and they will grow to know you and won´t be aggressive towards you. Having males will cut down the chances of an aggressive lovebird. Also, there may be a bonded social pair of lovebirds in a shelter somewhere, who love human company and are not aggressive.

I have two birds that are bonded, I hand fed them as chicks, they know me, they know who my boyfriend is, they will come to us and play but don´t wanna hang around excessively, not like a lone bird would. But then, that is not because they are a bonded pair, but because I didn´t encourage them to hang around on me. They are quite independant and prefer the company of their parents a little more than human company. On the flip side, I gifted two chicks to my friend and they grew up bonded and would be with her all the time always doing stuff and snuggling.
 

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For example, you can work with 2 young bonded birds. socialise them and they will grow to know you and won´t be aggressive towards you. Having males will cut down the chances of an aggressive lovebird. Also, there may be a bonded social pair of lovebirds in a shelter somewhere, who love human company and are not aggressive.
This is what I did with my two sun conures. They loved to be with me as babies but about the 1.5 year mark they bonded to each other more. They still like being with me but I felt like I became the 3rd wheel because their bond for each other was stronger, which was fine with me.
 

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Have you posted in the cockatiel forum to hear what people say about their tiels?
 

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Again, every bird is different. You can't expect to get a tiel that wants to cuddle with you all the time, you have to spend time with each bird individually and try and find what your looking for in a bird.

I have both lovebird and tiel. Both came from terrible situations. Now here's the funny thing: My tiel HATES being touched/scritched on the head, my lovebird is always trying to get my attention for the scritches (sometimes I feel like she'll melt to the floor if I keep going :lol:).

With lovebirds there is definitely a higher risk of being "nibbled" or bitten (not the case all the times). With tiels they can become very attached (normally when they are lone).

Now the 'bonding' with each other more than the human thing is true - but to a certain extent. When I was a kid, I had 4 budgies that were housed together. It took me 7 months BUT I was able to get all of them tame and they all loved me equally, but it really depends on your situation. When Kiwi and Sky were together, they wanted absolutely nothing to do with me but once Kiwi passed, Sky starting being a lot more open to me.

I would say go to a pet store, breeder, rescue - whatever your option is - and ask them if you can hold the birds. That will allow you to get the best idea of their temperament.
 

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Alright, Fess up!
Who voted Tiel on the poll on Lovebird lane???!!! :lol:
I´m only joking ;)

Well, while everyone else is sharing cuddly pics n vids, here´s Sydney;

He wasn´t like this when he was young. This start way after 1 year old :) (He´s my only cuddly bird out of 6)

@bellovesbirds Any thoughts on which bird you may like? Both species are great, I´m sure you will be super happy with either :)
 
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