- The Time: Parrots are a lot of work. They all require feeding, medical care, and lots of one on one playtime with their owners. If you love being with your parrots and have the time to care for another –go for it!!
- The Expense: Make sure you are financially able to take on the expense of another bird. This includes food, bird toys, bird cages, bird stands and medical expenses.
- The Mess: Yes, parrots are messy!! And two birds are twice the mess. This issue may be of no concern to you whatsoever—but just remember to consider everything before diving in!
If you’ve done your evaluation and determined you are ready for another feathered family member, here are some tips for introducing a new parrot:
- As crazy as this may sound don’t forget to tell your current feathered baby that you may be bringing home a new flock member much the same as you would tell a child that they will be having a new brother or a sister. Birds really do understand these concepts and they will feel less resentful if they are included in your decision.
- Always quarantine the new bird. You should keep your new bird separate from your other parrots for at least 30 days. This ensures that he is not carrying some type of illness or disease that could infect your currently healthy parrots. Your new bird should be kept in a separate room or building. Make sure to wash your hands between handling birds. Do not share bird toys, bird perches or other bird supplies.
- Take it slow. When it is time to get acquainted, start by letting your birds look at each other from the comfort of their own cages.
- Introduce your parrots in a neutral spot. Never place the new bird inside your current parrot’s cage. Your parrot may lash out in a fit of aggression, believing your new parrot to be an intruder. Instead, introduce your birds in the living room or on a covered patio. Watch carefully for any signs of aggression. Remember—not all parrots get along. Some of the larger breeds may require more time to get use to a new flock member.
Over time and with patience, most parrots can live happily with one another. Just remember to love each of your birds the same—this will help them feel emotionally secure about accepting another parrot into their home.