Only Parrot ....Lonely Parrot ?

ChrisnJulie

Regular Member
Hi all


We're definately NOT thinking of getting another bird , I was just thinking though


'Is an only parrot a lonely parrot ?'


Teddy is alone from 8am - 2pm every day (except weekends)


What do you guys think ?


Julie and Chris x x x


I know they become less of a people bird if you have more than one (apparently), is that such a bad thing ?
 

Ann-Marie

Quiet as a Mouse
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I don't know who said they become less of a people parrot but I've read that somewhere too - but I think its probably a bit of the mark. Although they enjoy playing with each other (or is it tormenting each other) these are all still people parrots. I would say its made no difference to them.


I'm a fan of having more than one as they do keep each other company and its less stressful (for me) to leave them xx


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Lesley

Regular Member
Here in Switzerland it is illegal to have a single parrot, they believe birds should always have company of their own kind.


Flint hates when we leave the house and I feel terrible every time we do. They are social animals and thrive on company - whether it be human or bird. In the wild they would never be isolated the way they are when we leave them alone in a cage in a house.


But its also a lot of work and can be too much for some people. Also more expensive - bigger cage, more food, vet bills etc.


Also, they can and do get used to periods on their own, a routine around this really helps I think.


Overall I think its best for the parrot to have more than one, but with a good routine and enough input from the owners a single parrot isn't necessarily an unhappy one :biggrin:
 

Karen

Regular Member
Since we got Lola in January I have noticed Pablo plays with his toys more and he and Lola talk away together so I think he is happier now she is here,but he is a bit jealous of her .when they are both out of their cages Pablo usually just ignores Lola.
 

DizzyBlue

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.... :shock: ..... I'm going to be following this one with interest..... Where the heck am I going to find another elderly CAG??!!
 

Kerstin

Guest
Since i have Luna Baby is more active and confident, they fight, beak sometimes, sometimes they sit side by side.. have to be carefull none get jealous..Baby gets food first as she was here first.. and both get their own onetoone time with me


But they both still people birds well not with anyone but with me lol


like lesley said..i think once they have a routine they get used to it and doesnt mean he is lonely x
 

Lesley

Regular Member
And also worth to remember the world of difference between a parrot alone in a cage getting very little interaction with anyone - a common scenario unfortunately. And one of our very spoilt parrots - the fact that you even worry about him being lonely means he is already a lucky parrot :biggrin:


Dizzyblue - there are tonnes on Preloved - but be warned you will want them all!
 

Bob

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Well mine have certainly not became less people parrots...more if anything....maybe that's because they don't get on and compete for my attention, suppose it would be a lot different for two that bonded..
 

Ann

Cheeky Monkey
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Sid is alone for most of the day and I leave the radio on for him. Saying that though, my son and daughter leave and come back from college at different time during the week, so it may only be for a few hours. As soon as I get home he comes out and in the evening he sits beside me whilst I watch TV and chat on here. I shall find out in a few weeks whether the introduction of Bernard makes Sid less friendly to us or more so, I am hoping that the two will interact together whilst still being friendly to us.
 

Sarah-Jane

Alice in Parrotland
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I only ever planned to have one parrot. There is always someone in my house so my birds have never been left alone but it was the best thing I ever done getting more than one. I wouldn't say it makes them less of a person bird, they are all mummies boys lol but they love each other at the same time and when I'm at work it gives me peace of mind that they have each other.


As Lesley says, I agree that not everyone can afford more than one and there is a massive difference between people like us who spoil them like children and worry when we have to leave for an hour.. To people that just don't interact with them at all.


For anyone considering a second bird though, I would definitely say yes.
 

Lesley

Regular Member
Niff and Trico don't have the same ring to them as Niri and Zuco tho!!


Ha ha, think you'd have to pay people to take on those babies mind you - house destroying and insult making baby parrots for sale...anyone?! :laugh:
 

Bob

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:laugh: :laugh: I quite like them names Lesley


Are you sure Liz, after he left his mark last time :shock:
 

Kat

Regular Member
Jenny really doesn't like Max most of the time, but i do think they are company for each other. I also think that Jenny would never have been as affectionate towards me if i hadn't got Max, he made her realise i was ok to go to for cuddles :)
 

Greg Glendell

Regular Member
The question of whether another bird is 'company' for ones first/single bird depends on whether the first bird is either sexually or socially imprinted on its own speccies or not. Most h-r birds will be sexually imprinted onto humans, so they will need more -or less constant human companionship; getting another bird does not mean the two will socialise with each other; they may or may not. Indeed the birds may compete aggressively for human attention if *both* birds are H-reared/sexually human imprinted.


But where birds are socially but *not* sexually imprinted on their own species then another bird can be good company for the first. Again this second bird needs to be at least socially imprinted on its own species, for it to be of 'benefit' to the first bird.


So the key thing is *effective* company for each bird; and the degree of imprinting helps determine whether another bird will be of help. I think the key issue is that parrots are highly social animals so they have to have company almost all the time. It's important to avoid leaving them on their own, esp. in a cage where they may get bored for hours on end. It's that sort of set up that leads to behavioural problems for them, esp. self-harming.
 

Kerstin

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okay.. so can i ask you something Greg ?


As you know i have 2 greys and have a nice bird room for them...


They are out day and night now - they have the usual beaking sometimes, sometimes they accept each other sitting side by side..


I am in the bird room for short intervals in morning and also give both one - to - one time for about 30 min each in morning. Then at about half 2 both come with me in the little sitting room .


At about 6.45 pm they go back in the bird room, get their "tea" and around 9.. 9.30 they light goes off


Do you think thats fine the way i do it ?


Of course when its nice outside they go out .
 
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