Managing Multiple Birds

Multiple Birds

You decided to share your home with a pet bird who gave you so much pleasure, you chose to add one or more to the mix. It’s always important to understand your bird’s likes and dislikes, but especially when you have multiple birds.

Observe your birds individually and how they react to each other when together. Learn each bird’s body language.

You may have birds that grew up together; you may have added another bird to the flock; you might have rescued a bird whose background is a mystery or who comes to you with issues. (see our article on how to introduce another bird).

Are all your birds almost the same size or do they vary? Do any of them appear to be bullies? During mating season, does any bird become more aggressive with another one?

If any of your birds show inappropriate behavior towards another one, don’t let them out of their cages at the same time.

Setting up a routine is a good idea when you have multiple birds. Allow the birds who get along together out of their cages for a specific amount of time. Try to let birds of the same size out together. If you suspect one of the birds will be aggressive towards the others, give him his own out of cage time.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because birds are the same species they will get along and want to live together. But birds that do bond can live in the same cage. Watch for any personality changes in birds that have bonded.

Being aware of each bird’s behavior helps create a happy, stress-free environment for all.

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