In the wild, birds are part of an extended social group-their flock. Regardless of how much attention we lavish on our caged friends, often our birds become lonely because of the lack of natural social interaction. If you’re thinking of adding another bird to your household, here are some tips:
- Stick with the same species: Unless you plan on keeping your birds in separate cages permanently, you should choose birds of the same or similar species. If birds are of the same size and temperament, they’re more likely to bond. After all, small budgies and cockatiels may not be able to defend themselves against larger parrots or macaws.
- Start slowly: After a short quarantine period to ensure that your new bird is healthy, place your birds in the same room in separate cages. As they begin to adjust and trust each other, then you can allow them to interact outside the cage. Watch for signs of aggression or stress from each bird-if none exists, then you’ve successfully expanded your flock.
The staff at Pet Supermarket can answer all your questions about compatible birds, and will help you choose all the best cages, toys, foods, and other supplies to make your home aviary a success. Soon you’ll be surrounded by the sound of happy, healthy chirping!