Parrots can be quite territorial –
In this video we’re talking about parrots getting along — not mating/breeding parrots.
When it comes to sharing, parrots are like people. They often think the grass is greener on the other side… so getting them to share food isn’t easy.
Instead, the two keys to keep in mind are:
1) Have multiple feeding stations available for your birds so that everyone has access to food. This way an alpha doesn’t have to come forward, causing one to dominate to eat while another goes hungry — or fights.
Smaller parrots, like Parrotlets, can usually be put together in a NEW cage right away. If a parrot has already been in the cage, it is harder to add a parrot to that cage. This is because one already has claimed the territory they are in. A new cage for both parrots means no one owns it yet and they can more easily come together.
*Any time you put two parrots together for the first time, you must watch them to make sure that they aren’t fighting or having any issues. Just in case your small parrots have an issue, it is best to have 3 cages. This way each parrot has their own cage and there is a third, ‘joint’ cage. If they are housed separately, each should be in their own; if together, then they should go in the joint cage.
The same is true for larger parrots – however, it is usually best to put these parrots in two cages side-by-side initially and let them ‘get to know’ each-other. Again, when the parrots are coming as close together in the cage as they can, then you can supervise and put them together. Similar to the smaller parrots, you should always have a cage for each parrot and a joint cage.
It may seem silly to have three cages, but it is a must if you are looking to house your parrots together. Even once they are living together without any problems, the ‘single’ cages are useful in case one isn’t feeling well and needs to have some quiet and undisturbed time alone.
In the video I’ve got 9 medium to large parrots out and everyone is getting along. One reason for this is that out back is no one’s ‘territory,’ it is neutral. The other reason is that I have three different areas with food so that they can each comfortably eat with the parrots they already know as their flock-mates. In other words, I have 9 parrots, 4 species. The Cape Parrots, African Grey parrots and Caiques already know each other. My Golden Conure is making friends, but I basically have 3 food stations and 3 mini flocks.
Always watch your parrots. When parrots are bonded with each other and you, they tend to know how to relate to one another and they tend to get along. Initially putting parrots together calls for some time for the ‘pecking order’ to be established. Once established, most of the issues have been worked out (hopefully you supervised to ensure to fighting/injuries) and parrots happily enjoy time around other parrots — as long as there is plenty of space and food for them all.
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