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RE: lonely lovebirds

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Posted by: PHIggysbirds at Thu Jun 18 22:30:25 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHIggysbirds ]  
   

Once your quarantine period is over (in a separate cage, of course ) would it be possible to set up the quarantine cage next to the aviary for certain time periods? Watch to see if there is any verbal interaction going on or if one or more show a lot of agitation/aggression with the other birds being around. If at least some verbal interaction is going on and minimal agitation then you could release one or more into the aviary and keep a close eye on them. If after 24 hours all is well then there should be no problem. But please realize many birds (and yes especially lovebirds) will not want to accept new birds into their territory so when you do go to put the new birds in, try if at all possible to make the aviary "new". Trade places for food and water bowls, move perches/toys etc. I know this can be harder in an aviary where they are set up for more flying room but usually it is possible to make at least some changes to the cage. If the cage feels new to both sets of birds there is more of a chance for them to get along and cohabitate. Also please be ready to remove a bird if it seems to be getting picked on during the initial meeting/day etc. Have a backup plan in case to either be able to rehome the new bird/s or have a separate cage/aviary ready just in case. Good luck and let us know how it goes.


   

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