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Old 11-12-2016, 10:02 AM
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Me and my family love Elsa to death, he's doing good really well and adjusted to us moving house at the end of August. In mid-September my sister-in-law found a cockatiel on their front driveway, after going through all the appropriate steps they couldn't find the original owner and had decided to keep it. Fast forward to yesterday when my sister-in-law asks if we will take Zuri as she isn't bonding well with them and they are thinking of getting a conger. I'm not sure how Elsa will deal with a new bird in the house or how Zuri will deal with getting another new home.

Any advice on how to proceed with minimal stress for the birds would be appreciated.

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Old 11-12-2016, 10:40 AM
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They can be good together and can certainly share a household and provide nice avian company for each other. For a variety of reasons, they cannot share a cage. The cockatiel will (likely) be happy to be in a house with another bird, any bird, but will also likely be stressed by the move. If you decide to take in Zuri, don't be fast to judge the situation; give him time to settle and get to know you. How well they get along during out of cage playtime will depend on the individual birds. Could be best buds who preen each other or could be better having separate out of cage time. Once more, take everything slowly.

I foster budgies and sometimes cockatiels (now have two of my own) and even if you don't keep Zuri you could do him a great service by helping to socialize him with people and other birds and finding a good placement for him. If there is a rescue in your area that seems careful, knowledgable, and not completely overwhelmed, turning him over to them could be a good solution. Parrots (and a dove!) have found much better homes through the rescue I work with than they could have through their original owner (because of the network, education, careful adoption process, etc.).

Please keep us posted and feel free to ask more questions!
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I agree with Ibeckman Zuri will be pleased another bird in the house, and I'm sure that Elsa will, too. Be sure to put Zuri in quarantine before introducing the two, after quarantine they can both live in the same room.

However, for multiple reasons, as stated above, they should never share the same cage

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lbeckman has given you excellent advice!

Please let us know if you decide to adopt the little cockatiel.

We have an "Other Birds" section of the forum where you can post updates and pictures of Zuri.

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I have 3 cockatiels and 7 budgies, in 2 large split cages side by side. The tiels are happy to have other birds around and play well with the budgies during free flight time.

I would, however, second that they should have their own cages. The tiels are protective of their space and I'm not sure how they would do if they weren't able to "escape" from the budgies when needed.
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So we have adopted Zuri. She's a bit mouthy when someone tries to whether her off a shoulder but otherwise everything seems good. She's much louder than Elsa. The two of them are already nattering at each other from their separate areas. We'll see how it goes when they have a face to face meet.
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Sarah, congratulations on adopting Zuri! We would love to see photos of her when you get a chance
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Oh how exciting, Cockatiels are my favorites species!! (Am I allowed to admit that here with out getting lynched??...lol) I have 4 tiels and 4 budgies who are caged seperatly, (4 budgies in one flight cage and 2 other flight cages with a pair of tiels in each. They all spend the daytime flying free in the bird room and interacting (mostly ignoring) with each other... the tiels do their thing and the budgies do theirs, but they all get along fairly well with the odd little squabble over a perching spot once in a while.

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