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Possibility for future flock growth, advice needed.

Beebleburb

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Id like to preface this by saying the only 'communal' area my parrots share is the playroom. Their cages are positioned so they dont even have to look at eachother, they have a ton of privacy and each have specific play areas catered to their needs where they hang out 90% of the time. All play is supervised.

The Preface-
Right now, I have my little flock of three. A Red Belly Parrot (female) A GCC (idk gender, we assume male), and a cockatiel (male). They all used to be great friends for about a year, the cockatiel is the oldest then the Gcc, then the RBP. When I got RBP she was a baby, and when she hit maturity the cockatiel went absolutely buck wild trying to mate her, it was honestly insane, and she finally snapped one day after being very patient with it for a long time and attempted murder as Pois will do. Tiel is fine as I was right there with them and up on my feet coming towards them before the tussel even started, she only got one bite in on it, nothing broken. This did not deter the tiel. He was a man on a mission and he was in love. I have to keep them separated now because the tiel will absolutely try to do it again and the red belly could definetly kill him if given 1/2 the chance. RBP and GCC get along just fine. they basically social distance from eachother. occasionally steal eachothers toys and food. Occasionally play together. Most that happens is GCC chases RBP off his fav perch. RBP was socially raised with a mixed flock of diffrent species. I know its rare for RBPs not to be agressive/territorial, but honestly the GCC is more aggressive than she is.

The Problem-
One day, far in the future when my GCC passes away, id like to get another bird. It will be female no matter what species. I'd really love to get another Poi, but I worry being such a similar species to the RBP would make her aggressive, but I also wonder if a similar species would make her more inclined to bond with it since they would have similar body language and be able to communicate more effectivley. Thoughts? Im still unsure I will even add to the flock, hopefully this is far off in the future.

Attatched is a picture of the RBP and GCC doing what we call 'social distancing' lol lady and cecil.jpg
 

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Depends on the individual bird/s.
None of my Pois are caged together but the red-bellied brothers can be together outside of their cages with
supervision. Outside cage time together does not generally work with the red-bellied sisters. My Senegal doesn't
bother the red-bellies but the reverse is not true so I never have the Senegal and red-bellies out together.
The red-bellies used to all get along with one another but this changed as they matured. In fact I even had
to separate my red-bellied babies' parents because the male started to be aggressive towards the female.
They are now divorced. ;)
 
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Thanks very much. I dont ever plan on caging together, i'm of the opinion that birds can almost always only be caged together if they were raised together from babies. All my birds have private cages and I have no plans on making changes to that.
Do you or anyone else
have an opinion if adding another poi to the flock would be more or less risky than adding a different species of a similar size?
 

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I would think it would be potentially less risky. Even though parrots do share similar body language, species families definitely have their own unique ways of saying things. They would also be more equally matched if they did get into a dispute.

Sadly for every success story I think you'll find a story of failure. There's just no guarantees.
 
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