Why Do We All Want To Put Different Species Of Parrots Together????
Because there are SO many AWESOME parrots!
Can you do so? Is there a “right” way to do it?
Yes and yes –
A couple of way and things you want to keep in mind:
- Also consider having 2 of the same species
It is easier to mix species when they are young. If they are hand-fed together or are put together when they are young, then they recognize each-other as ‘flock.’ They will be close, treat each other well – generally speaking – and enjoy each other’s company.
While every parrot is unique and it’s really more about personalities, generally speaking, I think it is best NOT to mix species in a cage. Every bird should have their own home, their own safe space and, in case they have different diets, their own food and water.
Mixing species is probably best done in “neutral” parts of your home so that there are no territory wars or threats.
We like to keep our parrots flighted as much as possible. One reason for this is that, especially smaller parrots, should be able to fly away from any danger they perceive. Sometimes the threat could come from another parrot, but it could also be another household pet or something that’s been knocked over.
Mixing parrot species, for me, means keeping as safe an environment as possible but also making sure that my parrots can feel as safe as possible.
2 OF THE SAME SPECIES
Even though we do have a mix of species, we still strive to have at least 2 of each species of parrot. Again, there are always exceptions, but I’ve observed that parrots of the same species relate to each other differently than they do to other species, even when they are close to the other species.
An example of this is our Lovebird, Nassy (short for Nassau). Nassy loves to be in the bird room with the larger parrots. I have my eye out for a companion for him because I noticed that he wants a buddy. Although he has a couple other, bigger friends, it isn’t the same for him. He tried to befriend a Parrotlet or two, I think because they were his same size, but the Parrotlet didn’t know how to relate to him.
When two parrots of the same species are together they relate to each other in ways that amaze me. They play, bicker, preen and talk to each other in a unique way that I think is important for their well-being.
This is why we have different species but also try to have two of each. Parrots are amazing and wonderful; I love seeing the differences in the species personalities – and seeing all their colors and ways.
Safely mix your species and enjoy your colorful flock!
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