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Old 06-13-2015, 01:37 AM
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Just home from vet with Noah (who is not talking to me right now after having bloods taken and a few other tests). Vet feels that he has been grieving badly for Oisin and his tests show up a lot of increased bacteria (which was not there 3 months ago from his last check-up) which apparently is not an unusual occurance in these circumstances. So he's back home on a course of antibiotics for respiratory infection. Poor Chicky!

It unfortunately meant that I had to cancel his photo shoot consultation which he had been booked in for this afternoon to raise money for a dog shelter.

The vet asked us if we are considering getting another bird which we are but were waiting until after we come back from our wedding in September and had planned to get another budgie. The vet recommended against getting another budgie unfortunately because apparently budgies and kakarikis don't generally gel well and he is worried that a budgie might get harmed by Noah with even a friendly bite. He said that Noah and Oisin getting along so well was unusual but probably was a result of us getting them both as babies at the same time so they knew no different. He recommends a larger bird or another kakariki. They have a Quakers parrot in their care at present who is currently in need of a new home and feels that that type of bird could work well with Noah. He didn't introduce us though because he didn't want to push us into anything but rather take it slow and really think about it.

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I'm sorry to hear Noah has a little infection . I'm sure he'll be well again in no time with such a good mom to take care of him . I'd think another Kakariki would be nice for Noah. One in a different color from him?

I don't agree with the vet about a Quaker if he's talking about a potential friend for Noah. I wouldn't even expect those two species to get along. Quakers can be a huge handful, and if it's aggressive toward Noah it can do some real damage, as they're bigger, larger beak, and have a big parrot attitude. I think he might be trying to find a home for the Quaker more so than saying it's a good match as a friend for a Kakariki.
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But isn't the Quaker the same size as a kakariki?
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No... they're noticeably bigger with a bigger beak, and temperament is much different. They are not as timid or gentle as a parakeet species like a Kak. IMO and IME, I'd be really careful putting parrot species and parakeet type species together.

I think most Kakariki are about Cockatiel size, right? Some maybe a bit smaller? Finer, thinner, more delicately built than a Quaker parrot too.
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But the Kakariki is over double the size of the budgie. Noah has a huge personality so I do see the fears of introducing another budgie to him now that it has been pointed out to me.
I really don't think he was trying to push the Quaker on me I think he just wanted to check that I'm taking everything into consideration when choosing a new friend for Noah

He did say that the Quaker is noisy though
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I wasn't sure if you saw my little added "edit" about the size above. I think we posted at about the same time . I know Quakers can get up to around 150 grams, and just guessing Red Fronted Kakariki maybe 80-100 grams like a tiel?

I'm assuming you are looking specifically for a friend for Noah, more than just another bird for you, to keep separated?

Funny, Quakers are illegal where I live, but I've managed to see enough of them out here from time to time! Also know people out of state who have them.
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Oh sorry no I hadn't seen that. Wow I hadn't realised the Quaker was that size I thought they were a bit smaller. Yes I want Noah to be happy but I also had my heart set on another budgie so I'm really confused now. We would house them separately regardless though because Noah has always had his own space.
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Oh sorry no I hadn't seen that. Wow I hadn't realised the quaked was that size I thought they were a bit smaller. Yes I want Noah to be happy but I also had my heart set on another budgie so I'm really confused now. We would house them separatist regardless though because Noah has always had his own space.
Oh, yes I know you'd house them separately. I meant about getting a bird to be a companion for Noah, rather than another separate companion for you .

I still think there might be a stronger likelihood of another of his own species becoming friends with him.

I just had this thought - How about an English budgie since they're a lot bigger? I have seen some extra huge giant ones out there! I'm not sure how easy to find they are where you live.
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Sorry, Noah is unwell...good you have antibiotics for him...hope he is on the mend, soon.
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I hadn't thought of an English it's certainly something to consider. Would two male kakarikis get along or would they fight for territory? I don't want to breed so will stay away from a female if possible.
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