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Ideally you quarantine your new baby in a separate room of your home for a period of no less than a month. When you handle him or clean his cage be sure to wash your hands before handling Emma is the best protocol to prevent any spreading of disease even though you will have the new bird checked out by an avian vet. During this month Emma will be able to hear him as a gentle approach to introduction. When the time comes that you can integrate them into the same room as I mentioned before… at opposite sides of the room. Placing cages next to each other is still too invasive of space and forced. I'm not so sure a divider between cages would be sufficient to give them comfort of ease if they can hear an immediate noise and possibly be frightened of whatever noise it could be ( sudden scream? dropping something?). You know in the wild they would probably never sit next to each other in a tree so let them get used to each other visually and vocally from a distance that fits their comfort level. In terms of time with this distance …. months. Literally. Patience is always key to introduction. What I wrote below was in answer to your other post.

Emma's personality is established and you know what her needs are in terms of your human company with her. Oliver ( love that name) has yet to arrive and his needs are not known to you yet. If, lets say, you shower him with hours of attention ( daily) in his first months with you then you are building his "need" to be with you and your expectation of him being able to live the same way as Emma will be blown out the door. You really can't predict whether or not he'll be one of those needy velcro birds. I think you could certainly build a routine of alone time with him by giving him something to keep him busy during his alone time … foraging toys, etc. Happy baby = quiet self entertained baby.
Hi there thanks for replying that is all excellent information and I intend do incorporate pretty much everything you just said.. I do have one question for you though, I was fully planning on using a quarantine period and keeping them separate and etc until I had full blood work and testing done and etc, however I was at the store today and they were explaining to me that every single baby they recieve is immediately seen by the nationally board certified avian veterinarian here in Seattle and has full spectrum blood work done, a fecal, checked for bacteria and parasites and etc and also housed separate from all other birds as soon as a deposit has been put down. Now I know that Emma is clear of everything and anything because I just had her seen to the sum of like 600 dollars last month, checked for EVERYTHING, so with all that in mind - do I actually technically even need to complete the quarantine period at all? I mean it is purely for the health reasons right nothing else? Let me know what you think, thanks so much :)
 

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Birds that get along, gravitate towards each other, form bonds, do not attack others etc can live in one environment. It must be big enough so each member/pair of the flock has a place to call it's own (personal space) where it is secure and safe from the others.

If there are conflicting personalities, too much difference in size and real dangers because of it you're going to need a second environment. Some birds, especially the big ones need their own environment. Big ones need a lot more environment per bird period. One large parrot needs a personal space of about 12ft x 12ft.

Ideally you would have a very large room that you could divide into "zones" with mesh/screening/curtains/removeable panels etc. That way everyboby is together but safe and secure.

You can do whatever you want while you are supervising 100% of the time. This is the way they will be required to live when you aren't around. Because you can't be around ALL the time.
Got it. Now that is very helpful.. As a matter of fact the 'zones' or sections in the same 'bird room' was exactly what I was thinking myself, just not so sure how to go about that... Do you do that personally yourself? If so, what exactly do you use? A 12'x12' footprint is not a problem as my 'bird room' is probably almost 30x30
 

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Hi there thanks for replying that is all excellent information and I intend do incorporate pretty much everything you just said.. I do have one question for you though, I was fully planning on using a quarantine period and keeping them separate and etc until I had full blood work and testing done and etc, however I was at the store today and they were explaining to me that every single baby they recieve is immediately seen by the nationally board certified avian veterinarian here in Seattle and has full spectrum blood work done, a fecal, checked for bacteria and parasites and etc and also housed separate from all other birds as soon as a deposit has been put down. Now I know that Emma is clear of everything and anything because I just had her seen to the sum of like 600 dollars last month, checked for EVERYTHING, so with all that in mind - do I actually technically even need to complete the quarantine period at all? I mean it is purely for the health reasons right nothing else? Let me know what you think, thanks so much :)
Yes. I would still quarantine for good measure. Why not be safe than sorry… I can't think of a better reason not to. You don't know if that store buys from more than one breeder. Often times there are brokers that pick babies up from breeders to transport to stores so the likelihood of exposure to who knows what is possible. On top of that, I would want a copy of all the results from that blood work for your file to keep on that bird. If this baby is banded the numbers on that band should be on that paperwork. Get the name of that vet and make sure it was seen. So, yes, yes, and yes, it is purely for health reasons since you have an existing companion bird in your home regardless of Emma having been seen recently. You are bringing in this youngster with no documents of the vet visit ( or do you?) Leave nothing to chance. I am just a very thorough person.
 

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Got it. Now that is very helpful.. As a matter of fact the 'zones' or sections in the same 'bird room' was exactly what I was thinking myself, just not so sure how to go about that... Do you do that personally yourself? If so, what exactly do you use? A 12'x12' footprint is not a problem as my 'bird room' is probably almost 30x30
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Getting a new baby is so exciting ..a huge congrats to you and your fam ...I got my Grey as a baby he was my first large parrot ...I set him up in my living room and life went on ...I got my second parrot a Hawk Head named Loki ...long story she isn't with us anymore ...but I didn't quarantine her when I got her and I paid for it ...long story ...my third parrot is Lagatha an Amazon whom I did quarantine for 60 days and was glad I did ...so I would ask you to please quarantine your baby for at least 30 days if not more you will fell better if you do ...:)

All my fids live together in the living room ...every time I brought my new one in I made sure Tyrion my Grey knew he was the first ...he was uncovered first ..fed first ..talked to first ect...and I still do it to this day because he is the first and he needs to know that ....now that its just the two of them its easier when they are out Tyrion gets the play gym and Lagatha sits on her door perch and everyone seems happy ...I have yet to put them on the same perch and I don't think I will ...they just don't seem that cozy with each other ...Now after your quarantine period I would put their cages in what ever room you want them and let your baby get use to the room before letting him/her out while your older girl is kept on her regular schedule and watch ...then as time goes on let the baby out while the older girl is in her cage then let them out together but far from each other and go from there ...now I always watch my two still and we are going on 7 months ..I don't trust either of them ...but they seem happy with that and I get some toy making in or some other stuff done while they are out ...hope this helps ..this is just how I found it worked here :)
 

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I would still quarantine, even if not for health issues. Allow that 45 days for the two to get to "know" each other and hopefully become comfortable hearing each other.

Sunni is my Yellow Nape of 29yrs. She has her own bedroom, it's 12x14, she has a large macaw cage with a play top as well as a playstand. My computer is in her room on a corner desk. There is also a playstand in the front room.

We brought in a 1yr 3 month old CAG into our household last January in hopes of a "friend" for Sunni. Having adopted him from a friend who father is a veterinarian, she as well had blood work, fecal, DNA test (male) done. Rowdy or Peep as he is now known, was kept in the dining room for 3 months. They started contact calling each other after a bit. After about six weeks, (I know it's hard to wait- but really if you are trying to establish a bond that hopefully will last YOUR lifetime, it's worth the wait) I took Sunni out to the front room for her first eyes on him. I made no big deal of it. I just took her as we had normally done to hang out on the couch with me for a bit. We didn't even go into or stop by and look at him. Believe me, they checked each other out. I acted like it was no big deal. So did they. Peep was in his cage when I was out and about with Sunni.

So every other day, Sunni made the couch trip and about at 8 weeks, we strolled through the dining room to the kitchen. I gave her a treasured snack back in her room and then brought Peep into her room for the first time. I just sat at my computer desk and held and talked with him, no holding him up or anything. After that I alternated bringing him in and her out.

Sunni has never been clipped, she has never really offered to fly although her room is certainly big enough. Well, she will fly down off something. Peep is an excellent flyer and I had no intention of clipping his feathers. We were very careful of turning off a ceiling fans when he lived in the dining room and was out as he would fly through the house.

At the end of month 3 with my heart pounding, we put together Peep's new macaw cage (just like Sunni's just a different color). I am extraordinarily lucky with this CAG... he immediately takes to new toys and things, he flew over and got on the new cage as Phil was putting it together. We almost forgot the cage had to be finished inside the room as it's too big to go through the door :) Phil finished the cage in the bird room while Sunni was out and I held Peep as he watched Phil and Sunni. When the cage was complete and set up, I let Peep fly over to it. I sat and read, facing the birds instead of my back to them on the computer. There really ignored each other.

I was afraid of letting one out and leaving the other locked up. I know someone whose bird lost two toes that way. He flew over to the other birds cage and landed and the bird ended up biting two toes that had to be amputated.

So here we are, 1yr6mo after he joined our household. When my husband comes home in the afternoon, he opens both cages. They have shown after carefully allowing them more and more freedom together, that they are capable of being out together. Peep frequently will fly over to Sunni's cage, she ignores him unless he comes within say 2 feet of her then she will open her beak and spread her wings and he will say "Back Off, Back Off!!" and fly back over to his cage :) Why does he say that - why of course over the learning year when he came to close I would say it, so now he does. They each have their own playstand, Peep seems to prefer Sunni's (they are different) and she doesn't Seem to mind sharing. I came Into the room one evening and didn't see her, looked around and she had apparently got down on the floor, went over to his, crawled up and was sitting on the highest part on the play top. He was on his door, looking up at her... like "Get off, Get off" :) boys.

What your hopes are, aren't unreasonable, however; as John said, be prepared it won't happen. Just don't try to rush it. Because that won't work.

One other thing, I truly believe in hierarchy with my dogs as well as my birds. Sunni gets fed first, held first, her alone in the front room with me first, her bath first, etc. He gets just as much attention, he just gets it second. The one thing he does enjoy all to him self - my husband, he absolutely adores Phil, really prefers him over me. Phil only tolerates them and does hold him someones as Peep will fly through the house looking for him when he escapes the bird room. Sunni? She hates the breath he takes :)

Good luck and keep us posted :)
 

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I have a 330g too and a 110g poi in the same room about 25 feet from each other. We have let them get within a few feet of each other twice with both my wife and I present just in case and the too occupied with a toy. They copy each other's mannerisms sometimes but will most likely stay 25 feet apart for safety. We can leave the poi on top of his cage unsupervised but never the too. So far with some caution this has worked well for us except for a jealous poi. We have had Tiki (too) for a few months and Pogi (poi) for a couple years. We also have a 10 lb dog that ignores the birds for the most part. I think the fact that they have there own areas but can still see and hear each other has made everything work so far. Your Ekkie will be jealous I would be especially cautious the first couple months and not show to much affection to either bird in front if the other. Congrats on the Grey!
 

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Yes I understand what you are saying, and your assumptions are correct. So, am I okay keeping them caged in the same room still though at least..? Even taking the play stand idea out of the question?
Also, what do you think about the clipping thing? I am now going to do some assuming of my own and guess that you do not believe in clipping a bird ever and all your birds are flighted and etc and that's how they should be and etc (again just my assumption from your posts) and I get it, but in my specific situation, what would your advice be?
Remember to quarantine for at least a month. By the time qt is over, you'll know your grey well enough to have an idea how you want your set up. I'd say start out unclipped and reevaluate after qt. That is if the breeder hasn't already clipped him.
 

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Remember to quarantine for at least a month. By the time qt is over, you'll know your grey well enough to have an idea how you want your set up. I'd say start out unclipped and reevaluate after qt. That is if the breeder hasn't already clipped him.
This youngster is coming from a store. I definitely would mention to all store employees you want this bird to be flighted…. no wing trims even.
 

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Getting a new baby is so exciting ..a huge congrats to you and your fam ...I got my Grey as a baby he was my first large parrot ...I set him up in my living room and life went on ...I got my second parrot a Hawk Head named Loki ...long story she isn't with us anymore ...but I didn't quarantine her when I got her and I paid for it ...long story ...my third parrot is Lagatha an Amazon whom I did quarantine for 60 days and was glad I did ...so I would ask you to please quarantine your baby for at least 30 days if not more you will fell better if you do ...:)

All my fids live together in the living room ...every time I brought my new one in I made sure Tyrion my Grey knew he was the first ...he was uncovered first ..fed first ..talked to first ect...and I still do it to this day because he is the first and he needs to know that ....now that its just the two of them its easier when they are out Tyrion gets the play gym and Lagatha sits on her door perch and everyone seems happy ...I have yet to put them on the same perch and I don't think I will ...they just don't seem that cozy with each other ...Now after your quarantine period I would put their cages in what ever room you want them and let your baby get use to the room before letting him/her out while your older girl is kept on her regular schedule and watch ...then as time goes on let the baby out while the older girl is in her cage then let them out together but far from each other and go from there ...now I always watch my two still and we are going on 7 months ..I don't trust either of them ...but they seem happy with that and I get some toy making in or some other stuff done while they are out ...hope this helps ..this is just how I found it worked here :)
Thanks for your reply... I am most definitely going to quarantine and I will definitely keep them separated until I have a better idea of how they will react to one another... If I had to make a guess I would say that Emma is not going to like Oliver very much, but Oliver is going to want to be friends. Just my random assumption but there you go;)
 

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I would still quarantine, even if not for health issues. Allow that 45 days for the two to get to "know" each other and hopefully become comfortable hearing each other.

Sunni is my Yellow Nape of 29yrs. She has her own bedroom, it's 12x14, she has a large macaw cage with a play top as well as a playstand. My computer is in her room on a corner desk. There is also a playstand in the front room.

We brought in a 1yr 3 month old CAG into our household last January in hopes of a "friend" for Sunni. Having adopted him from a friend who father is a veterinarian, she as well had blood work, fecal, DNA test (male) done. Rowdy or Peep as he is now known, was kept in the dining room for 3 months. They started contact calling each other after a bit. After about six weeks, (I know it's hard to wait- but really if you are trying to establish a bond that hopefully will last YOUR lifetime, it's worth the wait) I took Sunni out to the front room for her first eyes on him. I made no big deal of it. I just took her as we had normally done to hang out on the couch with me for a bit. We didn't even go into or stop by and look at him. Believe me, they checked each other out. I acted like it was no big deal. So did they. Peep was in his cage when I was out and about with Sunni.

So every other day, Sunni made the couch trip and about at 8 weeks, we strolled through the dining room to the kitchen. I gave her a treasured snack back in her room and then brought Peep into her room for the first time. I just sat at my computer desk and held and talked with him, no holding him up or anything. After that I alternated bringing him in and her out.

Sunni has never been clipped, she has never really offered to fly although her room is certainly big enough. Well, she will fly down off something. Peep is an excellent flyer and I had no intention of clipping his feathers. We were very careful of turning off a ceiling fans when he lived in the dining room and was out as he would fly through the house.

At the end of month 3 with my heart pounding, we put together Peep's new macaw cage (just like Sunni's just a different color). I am extraordinarily lucky with this CAG... he immediately takes to new toys and things, he flew over and got on the new cage as Phil was putting it together. We almost forgot the cage had to be finished inside the room as it's too big to go through the door :) Phil finished the cage in the bird room while Sunni was out and I held Peep as he watched Phil and Sunni. When the cage was complete and set up, I let Peep fly over to it. I sat and read, facing the birds instead of my back to them on the computer. There really ignored each other.

I was afraid of letting one out and leaving the other locked up. I know someone whose bird lost two toes that way. He flew over to the other birds cage and landed and the bird ended up biting two toes that had to be amputated.

So here we are, 1yr6mo after he joined our household. When my husband comes home in the afternoon, he opens both cages. They have shown after carefully allowing them more and more freedom together, that they are capable of being out together. Peep frequently will fly over to Sunni's cage, she ignores him unless he comes within say 2 feet of her then she will open her beak and spread her wings and he will say "Back Off, Back Off!!" and fly back over to his cage :) Why does he say that - why of course over the learning year when he came to close I would say it, so now he does. They each have their own playstand, Peep seems to prefer Sunni's (they are different) and she doesn't Seem to mind sharing. I came Into the room one evening and didn't see her, looked around and she had apparently got down on the floor, went over to his, crawled up and was sitting on the highest part on the play top. He was on his door, looking up at her... like "Get off, Get off" :) boys.

What your hopes are, aren't unreasonable, however; as John said, be prepared it won't happen. Just don't try to rush it. Because that won't work.

One other thing, I truly believe in hierarchy with my dogs as well as my birds. Sunni gets fed first, held first, her alone in the front room with me first, her bath first, etc. He gets just as much attention, he just gets it second. The one thing he does enjoy all to him self - my husband, he absolutely adores Phil, really prefers him over me. Phil only tolerates them and does hold him someones as Peep will fly through the house looking for him when he escapes the bird room. Sunni? She hates the breath he takes :)

Good luck and keep us posted :)
Your post is awesome thank you for replying.... Your experience is very interesting to me, so as of now, your birds are kept in the same room, in different cages, while you are away right? And when you are home, they can be on separate stands but in the same room 'unsupervised'...? Have you ever had any problems/issues or etc? I know you said neither bird is clipped technically, and the CAG is flighted, so it is actually very comparable to my situation as my Eclectus is 'not clipped', but if I had to guess was never properly fledged, and therefore doesn't even know how to fly. She is a perch potato for SURE. Oliver however, is the total opposite and is a great flyer, I am expecting him to remain flighted, and I do not see him being any kind of 'perch potato'. Do you think without 'zoning' or creating like a room divider type of thing in the bird room I am just asking for trouble? Let me know what you think you have no idea how valuable your experience and advice is to me , thanks!!
 

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I have a 330g too and a 110g poi in the same room about 25 feet from each other. We have let them get within a few feet of each other twice with both my wife and I present just in case and the too occupied with a toy. They copy each other's mannerisms sometimes but will most likely stay 25 feet apart for safety. We can leave the poi on top of his cage unsupervised but never the too. So far with some caution this has worked well for us except for a jealous poi. We have had Tiki (too) for a few months and Pogi (poi) for a couple years. We also have a 10 lb dog that ignores the birds for the most part. I think the fact that they have there own areas but can still see and hear each other has made everything work so far. Your Ekkie will be jealous I would be especially cautious the first couple months and not show to much affection to either bird in front if the other. Congrats on the Grey!
Thanks!! Yeah I totally get what you mean, I have NO problem treating Emma as the 'number one bird', and I really hope that 25 feet is possible with my two because as of right now I am going to start off with them in separate rooms
 

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Remember to quarantine for at least a month. By the time qt is over, you'll know your grey well enough to have an idea how you want your set up. I'd say start out unclipped and reevaluate after qt. That is if the breeder hasn't already clipped him.
Yes I am absolutely intending to keep him fully flighted, at this point it is going to be up to wether I can convince the store to keep him fully flighted or not because apparently they tend to clip every single bird, sold or not, after they are 'fledged' because otherwise they are 'unmanageable' in the store setting. Trust me, I am going to insist if I have any say in the matter at all.
 

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This youngster is coming from a store. I definitely would mention to all store employees you want this bird to be flighted…. no wing trims even.
Yeah so I have told everybody in there that I am going to keep him flighted and that I want to train recall and all of that, the only issue is that the owner of the store, Lori, has this 'policy' about clipping all birds before they go home... Something about liability, and being helpful around the store (pretty much just human problems, nothing to do with the bird), and so I am not actually sure I will be fully able to convince her to make us the exception. Believe me, I am going to try.
 

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WHAT!? That is a line of crap. :angry: Is this a privately owned store or a chain store. I have never..never… never… ever heard that.
 

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I can understand in a store setting. I see a lot of birds hanging out on gyms or the top of cages in local pet stores here. That would be an escape hazard for flighted babies. It would mean the baby would need to be kept in his cage a lot more. If you haven't been around flighted baby parrots, they become absolutely obsessed with flying. They can be a hazard to themselves, plus they just randomly take off anywhere and its hard to predict where they will go. I understand the store policy of clipping, even though I don't like it. I also understand the store owners policy to clip because like it or not, there are a lot of idiots out there that say they don't want the bird clipped on principle and think nothing of walking outside with the bird on their arm. Then oops, baby flies away never to be seen again and the new owner is just shocked that could possibly ever happen.

It would be nice if the store owners could give the baby some fly time in a separate room where there isn't any worry of escape while he's being weaned and then keep him caged the rest of the time. Flying also helps with getting the baby weaned solid and faster too. Of course, out the door when a customer comes in and starving to death because he can't be found is obviously not good either.
 

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WHAT!? That is a line of crap. :angry: Is this a privately owned store or a chain store. I have never..never… never… ever heard that.
Yeah trust me I know, and it's a private store definitely not a chain, but it's just as MelissaParrots said below.. It's because of all the idiots out there that they have the policy in the first place so I mean I do get it, I'm just working so hard on convincing her I am NOT one of them, and should be allowed to keep my boy flighted, even if it means I have to come into the store every day to 'handle him' myself.
 

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I can understand in a store setting. I see a lot of birds hanging out on gyms or the top of cages in local pet stores here. That would be an escape hazard for flighted babies. It would mean the baby would need to be kept in his cage a lot more. If you haven't been around flighted baby parrots, they become absolutely obsessed with flying. They can be a hazard to themselves, plus they just randomly take off anywhere and its hard to predict where they will go. I understand the store policy of clipping, even though I don't like it. I also understand the store owners policy to clip because like it or not, there are a lot of idiots out there that say they don't want the bird clipped on principle and think nothing of walking outside with the bird on their arm. Then oops, baby flies away never to be seen again and the new owner is just shocked that could possibly ever happen.

It would be nice if the store owners could give the baby some fly time in a separate room where there isn't any worry of escape while he's being weaned and then keep him caged the rest of the time. Flying also helps with getting the baby weaned solid and faster too. Of course, out the door when a customer comes in and starving to death because he can't be found is obviously not good either.
Exactly. You hit it right on the head, those are the reasons they gave me and yes I do get it as well, I just don't like it. As i said I would rather literally go in there every day myself and 'handle him', giving the store employees a break, than clip him early just because he is becoming 'unmanageable', to me that is a huge cop out. I am talking with her right now and I mean this bird is VERY VERY expensive here, so I am kind of playing that card... Hopefully we will see if I can convince her to give me a break.
 

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Congratulations on your new parrot. I would try to take a deep breathe and then take it one step at a time. I would absolutely vet him with your own vet regardless of what the store does if for no other reason than to establish a healthy base level with your vet and to know for sure that everything was done. Try not to worry about whether or not they will get along...you won't know until you try and by that time, you're going to have to live with whatever you get. I have a Timneh, Tuchis, who is a snot. I love him dearly, but he thinks he owns the house. He's fully flighted and he loves to dive bomb other birds. He has a cage all his own and gets supervised a lot when he's out. His best buddy in the whole world his my Rose Breasted Cockatoo, Kishka. When they are out together, they cause all sorts of trouble together and have so much fun doing it, it's almost a shame to stop them, but I do like my house in one piece! Here is a recent picture of them tearing apart a paper box together!:)

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I had no idea when I got Kishka that he and Tuchis would bond the way they did but they did. We thought about caging them together, but they do still need their own cages. I have three other RB2 pets. We've tried them in the same cage too at our vet's suggestion. While they will genreally play nice together inside and outside of the cage in various pairs or all together, it's apparent to us that they all need separate cages. It's all about experimentation.

We have two Amazons who we don't cage at all. One because she's just never been caged and is a really good out of cage bird. The other one because when we cage her, she screeches and drives us crazy. The screecher, Iris a BFA, is kind of a brat and a daddy's girl. The YHA, Amarillo, is the sweet one who gets picked on by Iris but she fights back when she's had enough. I would never cage them together, but out in the open, they are like children who have little tantrums here and there and get over them. We do keep Iris clipped because she turns into a monster when she isn't clipped and Amarillo is fully flighted and can go anywhere she wants to get away from Iris when she wants to...she's lazy and rarely bothers. Once again, we just went with the flow with them. They also bother Aspen, a CAG, here and there who has an open cage but rarely comes out because he's really just a grey chicken!:)

I also have two male Ekkie brothers, Cooper and Wylee. They share a cage and love each other more than you could ever imagine. When Wylee first came to us from spending the first five years of his life in a home with no other birds, he didn't know what to think. Cooper was so excited to see another Ekkie after he lost his first brother to e. Coli, he didn't know what to do he was so excited. It took a year, but Wylee finally warmed up to Cooper and now they are inseparable! Neither one of them care for my Timneh but that's just because my Timneh is a brat!:)

I guess the bottom line is, try not to worry too much. Go with the flow. Supervise and watch. You never really know what's going to happen. They could be the best of friends or they may not get along. You shouldn't have a problem keeping them in separate cages in the same room. You should eventually let them even share a playstand without a problem, but maybe not.

Good luck and have fun!
 

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Congratulations on your new parrot. I would try to take a deep breathe and then take it one step at a time. I would absolutely vet him with your own vet regardless of what the store does if for no other reason than to establish a healthy base level with your vet and to know for sure that everything was done. Try not to worry about whether or not they will get along...you won't know until you try and by that time, you're going to have to live with whatever you get. I have a Timneh, Tuchis, who is a snot. I love him dearly, but he thinks he owns the house. He's fully flighted and he loves to dive bomb other birds. He has a cage all his own and gets supervised a lot when he's out. His best buddy in the whole world his my Rose Breasted Cockatoo, Kishka. When they are out together, they cause all sorts of trouble together and have so much fun doing it, it's almost a shame to stop them, but I do like my house in one piece! Here is a recent picture of them tearing apart a paper box together!:)

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I had no idea when I got Kishka that he and Tuchis would bond the way they did but they did. We thought about caging them together, but they do still need their own cages. I have three other RB2 pets. We've tried them in the same cage too at our vet's suggestion. While they will genreally play nice together inside and outside of the cage in various pairs or all together, it's apparent to us that they all need separate cages. It's all about experimentation.

We have two Amazons who we don't cage at all. One because she's just never been caged and is a really good out of cage bird. The other one because when we cage her, she screeches and drives us crazy. The screecher, Iris a BFA, is kind of a brat and a daddy's girl. The YHA, Amarillo, is the sweet one who gets picked on by Iris but she fights back when she's had enough. I would never cage them together, but out in the open, they are like children who have little tantrums here and there and get over them. We do keep Iris clipped because she turns into a monster when she isn't clipped and Amarillo is fully flighted and can go anywhere she wants to get away from Iris when she wants to...she's lazy and rarely bothers. Once again, we just went with the flow with them. They also bother Aspen, a CAG, here and there who has an open cage but rarely comes out because he's really just a grey chicken!:)

I also have two male Ekkie brothers, Cooper and Wylee. They share a cage and love each other more than you could ever imagine. When Wylee first came to us from spending the first five years of his life in a home with no other birds, he didn't know what to think. Cooper was so excited to see another Ekkie after he lost his first brother to e. Coli, he didn't know what to do he was so excited. It took a year, but Wylee finally warmed up to Cooper and now they are inseparable! Neither one of them care for my Timneh but that's just because my Timneh is a brat!:)

I guess the bottom line is, try not to worry too much. Go with the flow. Supervise and watch. You never really know what's going to happen. They could be the best of friends or they may not get along. You shouldn't have a problem keeping them in separate cages in the same room. You should eventually let them even share a playstand without a problem, but maybe not.

Good luck and have fun!
I love this post.... I really do. Your experiences with multiple birds (especially the two coincidentally specific species of bird that I now have) are super informative to me and I can't thank you enough for sharing them. I am SO so excited, my wife and I both are, to bring home Oliver.. We have already bought him a very expensive custom manzanita tree.. And sectioned of a little area of a separate room for his 'quarantine area', we literally can't wait.
I really do think everything will work out fine... I am slowly but surely losing some of the stress and anxiety I have about bringing another bird home, mostly thinking of Emma.. And I think that as other members of the forum have suggested I do intend to create some sort of 'sections' or room divider or some type of thing in the same room.. At least to start, so that when they are both out free on their play stands and I am not literally in the room, at the very least I will have piece of mind. While they are both in their respective cages I don't intend to use the barrier.
Are you CAG's great fliers? Oliver is getting so good and I mean he is literally still a VERY young baby.. Emma is such a perch potato it's ridiculous lol
 
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