Birds make excellent companions. They are intelligent, easy to train and very social. Many birds are happiest when they live among other feathered friends, as they are flock animals by nature. If you are considering bringing home two or more birds as pets, there are several factors to bear in mind. Taking care of several birds presents unique challenges, but offers special rewards, as well.

The first thing to determine is whether you have enough space for multiple birds. If you are only buying a pair of lovebirds, you can probably make due with a decent sized cage. However, if your plans include many birds or you have chosen a larger breed, you might need to invest in a Bird  Aviary.

Birds can carry illnesses that are easily spread to others, so unless you obtain all of your birds at the same time from the same place, it is wise to quarantine a new bird prior to placing it into your bird aviary or cage with your existing pets. Failing to do so can mean sickness and even death for your other birds, particularly young, elderly or unhealthy ones. However, isolating the new animal can be traumatic for the bird, so you must consider this as well.

With any type of bird, you must take into account the time it will require to clean up after it. If you have a relatively small cage, maintaining cleanliness really doesn’t take much more time and effort for two birds than it does for one. If you have an extremely large cage or bird aviary, on the other hand, it becomes more of a major chore. Think about how much time you have available and whether you will be willing to tackle the job regularly.

Finally, it is important that your birds are compatible with one another. You will learn that they all have unique personalities and, just like people or larger animals, those personalities sometimes clash. Should you decide to bring home a new bird, keep it in a different cage in the same room initially so that all of your birds can become acquainted while remaining in their own, comfortable territories. Over time, allow them to play together in a neutral area, such as a third cage or play stand, under your close supervision. If all goes well, you can transition them all into the same home.

Thank You,

Rob

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