How to Introduce Your Parrot to a New Bird

Feeding green parrots in a park

If you already have a parrot and are considering adding another to your family, you are not alone. Once they realize how much fun it is to have a bird around, many people decide to acquire many feathered friends.

Parrots are notoriously picky creatures of habit, and bringing a new parrot into the house can easily cause stress in your current pet. There are a few measures you may take to introduce the two birds to lessen any resistance and make the move as easy as possible. You may teach your bird that your new pet is a friend rather than a foe by doing it correctly.

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    Quarantine the New Bird

    Cockatiel perching on cage

    Most pet bird owners follow the guideline that a new bird should be isolated for a period of time before being introduced to existing parrots. This accomplishes two critical goals: It protects your bird and allows it to acclimate to the new bird's presence.

    Quarantine drastically decreases the danger of your new bird infecting your old pet with contagious illnesses. Keeping the newcomer in a separate location protects your parrot from airborne ailments while also allowing you to securely watch the bird for any outward indications of illness.

    Your parrot will get a chance to hear the new bird's call at the same time. Over time, it will become accustomed to the bird's sound and presence. Direct involvement too quickly may be perceived as scary or as a violation of your bird's established territory.

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    Slowly Move the Birds Closer

    After the quarantine period is finished, it's crucial to gradually introduce your birds to one another. Even parrots of the same species do not always make the best of friends. If you're not cautious, one of the birds will try to impose control over the other, which can lead to terrible conflicts.

    Move your new bird's cage into the room where your elder bird's cage is located to allow your birds get to know one other gently. Allow them to view each other for many days from afar. You'll be able to see signals that they're growing more comfortable being closer together as they become acclimated to one other. Maintain patience throughout this period and avoid pushing any bird's boundaries.

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    Make a Peace Offering

    Bribing your birds to get along is sometimes necessary. Offering goodies to each bird is one of the simplest methods to persuade them to create positive connections with each other. It's best to start around the conclusion of the quarantine period.

    Simply bring your new bird's cage into the room when you're ready for the birds to meet. While they're in the same room, give the birds a variety of appetizing food. Return the new bird's cage to the quarantine area after a few minutes, and repeat the process later.

    It's important to leave both birds in their cages during this introductory phase. Otherwise, fights and injuries can occur if the uncaged bird charges the territory of the one that's behind bars.

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    Practice Bonding Techniques

    The later stages of a new bird's introduction are ideal for practicing bond-building tactics with both birds. Sharing feeding, grooming, and playing with both of your feathery companions may tremendously improve your bond.

    Allow your birds to observe you interact with each other from their own cages if you believe they are ready. While some older birds may be envious, it's conceivable that others may be more inclined to welcome the young bird as a flock member.

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    Try Trick Training

    Even if your birds are happy playing outside of their cages in the same room, it may take some time before they are ready to play together. Try doing some with both of your pets to help speed up the process. All of the tasty goodies your birds acquire throughout their combined training session will provide lots of positive reinforcement for your birds. Additionally, by engaging with each other like a flock, you will strengthen your sense of friendship.

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    Problems and Proofing Behavior

    Take a step back if you observe any bird feeling uncomfortable during the introductions. Remember that birds are sensitive creatures, and one of your birds may not be ready to go as quickly as you would want. Slow down or return to the previous phase until your birds have fully accepted that aspect of the procedure. Some birds will take longer than others, so it's crucial to follow your bird's lead.

    Your parrot may refuse to accept a new bird in the future. If necessary, be ready to make alternate plans. This may imply that you must constantly keep the birds in different rooms and lock the door whenever one of them leaves its cage.

    Unfortunately, if you are unable to achieve any level of harmony in your household, it may be necessary to relocate the new bird. Some birds prefer to be the sole pet, and making this tough decision may be in the best interests of both birds.