Cohabitation process with a new bird
The idea to write this article came to me, after reading the post below in a post on a Facebook group. Especially since the question of the cohabitation process often comes up on the table, whether it is to form a couple or quite simply to have two congeners to keep company …
To make 2 conures sympathize, how long should you leave their cage side by side before making a first joint outing?
And if they fight should they let them intervene or intervene?
Are there any rules to follow?
In absolute terms, a bird impregnated by its human would have more difficulty accepting a congener. It could manifest as fear or ignorance. But unfortunately, it is often through rejection and aggression that lengthens the process of cohabitation.
However, cases of a crush on the first meeting took place without a real explanation. Married at first sight and it’s so nice to see that.
Concerning myself, I would say that there is no rule or ready-made answer to this question. Because everything will depend on the character of our bird, the newcomer, and how we go about it.
Nevertheless, recommendations and especially precautions must be put in place, in order to succeed in the cohabitation process.
4 steps to a successful cohabitation process
Step 1: Remote presentation
After the quarantine period, this step can take place to allow the two birds to come into visual contact at a distance, and therefore without danger. Usually a separate cage for each of them. At the same time, we could observe them in order to assess the situation later.
Ps: Never glue the cages together to avoid fights through the bars. So thus avoid injuries and decrease the feeling of aggression.
Step 2: Common outputs
Once the tensions are relieved, we can try common outings in a secure room to assess the behavior of the two birds that will be in direct contact.
In the event of a fight, you will have to intervene and try the experience again later …
This was the case for me when I was trying to form my pyrrhura couple. At first, it was a failure. TO the male was pushing Tica (the new one) away and didn’t want her near him… But I hadn’t said my last word… I tried the experiment several times until the bad TO’s behavior improved …
Step 3: Common caging
After several attempts at common outings, the contact will surely improve. The logical continuation of the 2nd step would be to put them together in a neutral cage in order to avoid any problem linked to the territory and so that the two birds tame their new place of life at the same time. But if you don’t have another cage, it would be best to change the layout of the interior of the cage to make the place as neutral as possible. Despite these precautions, it will be necessary to be vigilant to intervene at any time during this exercise.
In the case of my pyrrhura couple, despite some bickering, cohabitation seems to be going well.
Step 4: Cohabitation
It is important to ensure the good behavior of the two birds before letting them live together permanently. I admit that this is the step that does us good to end this process of cohabitation.
TO and Tica are finally in a relationship and this has been going on for several months.
The cohabitation process can be simple and fast but often it turns out to belong and tedious, to the point of wanting to give up. However, one should never give up hope because sooner or later the situation will unblock unexpectedly.