Two and a half years ago I picked up a hand raised, baby male tiel, and a
hoei cage, approx. 24x24x30 (I can't estimate measurements for crap, I may
be utterly wrong on that, it may be 18x18x24). When I picked up the cage, I
kept the option of adding a second bird shortly down the line in mind, and
the store (considered by everyone I've talked to in the area to be very
reputable [Bird Mania, Easton PA]) told me that this cage would be roomy
enough for a pair.
Well, time goes on, and I have less time to devote to him. I feel pretty
bad, and as such, his screeching hijynx have gotten significantly worse as
the weeks march on. I feel bad not being able to provide the time for him,
often not even being able to take him out more than weekly (please, all
cruelty comments aside, I don't feel good about this sort of thing).
I will say, however, that for a somewhat neglected bird, he seems to be
doing pretty well. He's still got great colouring, is filled out, and never
picks at his feathers (despite the fact that he seems to ignore toys almost
all the time). The only real problem, outside of my lack of attention, is
the noise. Which is very annoying some times (understatement :).
So, I've been thinking about adding a second tiel to the house, hopefully so
that they'll bond with each other, and keep each other happy when I can't be
around. However, this brings up some questions.
Due to the age of the bird in question, is adding a second tiel going to be
difficult to impossible, or should it be a simple matter? What are some of
the basics that go into the combining of two birds (in depth answers and
discussions are moot at this point, if I decide to go through with it,
additional questions will be asked at that point). Will they totally bond
with each other, and ignore me? Or, will they at least remain friendly
enough to come out, sit and seek my attention (without driving me batty!) Is
there a good chance they'll not get along, or worse yet, hate each other
(one bird is a handful, two is incomprehensible). Assuming it looks like a
good plan, would I want a second male or a female? I really and truly do not
want them to breed, and don't even consider this a future possibility I may
take. Also, I never really instituted a learn-to-talk/whistle routine. Would
adding a second bird shoot down any chance of this, or would it not affect
it at all.
Also, whether I get a second bird or not, I think I'd like to invest in a
new, spacious cage, assuming this is considered a "good thing" for birds (I
know, sounds silly, you'd think more is better, but sometimes that's not
true with certain animals, hey it baffles me too). The cage I've found for a
great price at a local store is the Midwest 2000 flight cage. 36"x24"x48"
seems like it'll be plenty big enough for him to move around to his content,
and hang toys w/o crowding him. Also, if I add a second bird, I figure with
all that room it'll be even better for when they just don't feel like
So, please offer your suggestions on helping me please (and silence) my
bird, and what'll be best for him in the long run.