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Title: How Many
Post by: widgetwilk on October 19, 2013, 01:09:29 AM
How many parrots have you??
I have always only had one, I was brought up with a Amazon for 25 years, then I had a grey for 30 years, then a Senegal for [sadly] 2 years, now I have had my Pi for 13 years,

strange but never had the urge to have more than one at a time,
am I 'odd'???
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: E on October 19, 2013, 01:46:43 AM
No you are not odd. But It depends on how much time you can give the bird.
I have only Eloy and at the moment it is working fine. I'm home a lot or he is with me or in the summer in his outside cage.
I prefer to have only one at the time too if it suits the bird.
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: momazon on October 19, 2013, 02:26:04 AM
I love them, and would love a huge aviary with many pi's.
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: maxsmom on October 19, 2013, 05:17:05 AM
Momazon - I agree. I wish I had an aviary as I would love to have each type of pi.

 I had two parakeets growing up - had one at a time. I had one cockatiel by itself for 8 years and added a second tiel. They weren't buddies but by having 2 I could leave them easier. My first tiel simply waited for me to come home to eat and that stopped when I added the second. But I had 2 birds who bonded to me - one more than other - so I was spread a bit with them

I have 2 pi and it is a lot of work. Both want my attention and I am really spread because I have long work hours. I am not sure if helps to have 2 for company for each other. I think Charlie would not mind another bird. Max seems to prefer being on his own as he is a bit velcro at times but he does look for Charlie. I am hoping Max will grow to be a better friend to Charlie. For a time they would share different play areas but then Max got sort of hormonal or perhaps possessive of me.. I am resisting a third pi as a buddy for Charlie and am giving Max and Charlie time to develop their relationship as Charlie and I patiently wait out Max's hormone years.

I can say though that having each type of pi isn't in the cards for me for now....
as I do not have enough time and I want to give each a lot of individual attention.
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Dartman on October 19, 2013, 09:17:00 AM
When I first got Nerd bird in 78 I got a package deal with him and his brother Ferd. They were best buds and the shop did not want to split them up so gave me a better two fer price so they could stay together. It worked out well for them as they kept each other company and made cute bookends when they slept against each other at night. As far as bonding  with me they were OK with me, Ferd more then Nerd, but liked each other best. Unfortunately Ferd caught something or had a health issue that came on very suddenly and died within 8 hours of appearing really sick :bawl: That morning he was fine as normal with Ferd before I left for the day, 4:30pm he was wobbly and having balance issues, 8pm he died.
SO Nerd was with me and mourned for his brother a while, then realized he was stuck with me and started coming out of his shell and wanting to be with me slowly. We eventually became fast friends and best buds for the next 25 years and he was fine by himself as long as he had his favorite toys and could see what was going on in his world from the corner of the tiny dining area at our rental house.
Lurch is by himself and also seems fine though he is a bit more outspoken, bigger, and aggressive, then Nerd was.
I think once they have bonded with you a friend might work well but if your trying to make friends another bird MAY make them prefer to hang out together because Nerd never really liked me till I was who he had left to deal with.
It also helped that when I moved from the parents house to my rental he was out in the middle of the action and could watch us do things and interact and decide what he wanted to do all day. 
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Jan on October 19, 2013, 09:26:51 AM

I've only been with one parrot for only a year and that was a Cockatiel, then after the year was up, I got a mate for the male ... from then on, I've never only had one bird since then.
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Cetan on October 20, 2013, 02:17:45 PM
I have 7 right now. $ budgies that came in pairs, all males. Mac and Kiwi came to me in June 09 from someone who found Mac outside and got Kiwi as a friend for him but then didnt have time,. Pearl and George came in April 2011 (I think) and they are both older birds whose owner passed away and no one in the family really wanted them. Princess, my green cheek conure, was adopted 6 yrs ago today and she was 8 mo old at the time. Adam is my blue headed Pionus I adopted from a rescue in May 2010 and Chante is my 2 yr old bronze wing Pionus I got almost a year ago
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Julie T on November 03, 2013, 02:16:09 PM
This sounds like a fun topic...
IF time, space, money, were not an issue (wouldn't that be nice?!)
Then, I'd love to have about 5 (?) Parrots, and a little aviary for various parakeet and finch species.

But, REALITY IS... Raven will make 2 parrots, then the 2 wild budgies. Eventually... my husband really wants a Hahn's mini macaw. I am sort of scared that if that comes to pass, a Hahn's might be so high maintenance that it means no more birds for me  :(. We shall see. That would not be anytime soon though.

In the past, 3 is the most pet parrots I've had at a time. When I was single and lived alone, that was even a bit much for me to handle alone. That is just me though. I know many people do just fine with many birds.  :) you lucky people!

Actually my 19 year old Robin is absolutely loving being the only guy who gets attention nowdays. I feel guilty for when he was younger I didn't really have time for him (or any pet), so making up for it now at least!!
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: maxsmom on November 03, 2013, 03:35:41 PM
I am single and live with temptation for a third bird. Simply do not think I could juggle it though. You sound like you could easily handle 5, Julie!
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Julie T on November 03, 2013, 06:16:33 PM
I wish... I don't have the space in the apartment, time, or finances for the foreseeable future though. Living in Orange County or Los Angeles CA is too expensive. We'll see what the future holds! :apple:
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Julie T on November 03, 2013, 09:01:03 PM
I was thinking more about this topic today, and thinking that there is nothing wrong with only having one or two special birds. I mean, I have a couple friends who each have one dog. That one dog is their "child" completely and totally pampered, and I don't think these ladies could stand the thought of another dog, as it would take too much away from the dog they have and love now.

So same can be true with birds? I guess I'm just looking to justify having only 2 birds (besides the WILD budgies). You out there with just 1 or 2 birds have inspired me and let me know that it's OKAY if you don't have a bunch! LOL the peer pressure of having more birds when you see others with them haha! :icon_mrgreen:

I do hope Robin (red bellied) lives out his potential 30 or so year life span. "They say" 20-30 years. He's 19 now which makes me a little bit worried now and then. Soon I'll have a young boy with the senior citizen!
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Dartman on November 03, 2013, 09:31:29 PM
I worried about Nerd as he got older from time to time but until the last time he got sick he never acted like he had any idea he was elderly and was happy active and vocal. The vet was amazed he was 20 when they first saw him for a blood feather he pulled out.
I had him 31 years when he finally left us and I was told the shop thought they were a couple of years old but had no real idea and neither had bands and pretty sure they were wild caught back around 77.
Just go with it and keep him happy and fed and maybe he'll break the curve as far as longevity goes and be happy to have him and he thinks your a friend.
It still amazes me any wild creature decides we are trustworthy and decides they love and care about us :bighug:
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: maxsmom on November 03, 2013, 11:59:39 PM
Hoping Robin lives at least 10 more years! One of my tiels lived 17 years....dealing with aging was hard. (Many years beyond her life expectancy as a sickly lutino though) Just treasure the time and be vigilant.
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Julie T on November 04, 2013, 12:07:26 AM
I have to tell you, I laughed (in a good way) when I saw the name Lurch! I love it!! :icon_mrgreen: also Nerd and Ferd haha! Cute!

I have LOVE for Robin like I've never had for any living creature/ pet EVER. I've never had human children and never had that desire. It scares me that I love Robin more than one "should" love an animal. I have loved and lost or had to give away birds before, birds I had loved and have cried and cried over it, but that was nothing in comparison to what I feel for Robin. Knowing that, and knowing he's getting older is the scary part!
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: maxsmom on November 04, 2013, 12:29:53 AM
I loved Lea to same. I will never have that again. I am so happy to have experienced it even though my mourning was mind numbing. Wonderful memories make me smile.  Just enjoy each moment. Do not worry. I actually kept a periodic journal while she was alive and had a painting done of her 2 years before she died. It helps now.
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Julie T on November 04, 2013, 12:35:51 AM
Thanks... It helps to just know that you KNOW what Im talking about. I have many great photos of Robin over the years. I do need to take some videos too. His recent bloodwork came back fine, so I'm just thinking he'll be around for a long while yet  :)
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Cetan on November 07, 2013, 07:46:57 PM
I have 2 Pionus boys, a green cheek conure and 4 budgies. One of the budgies is mildly tame, he will land on my head but mostly wants to play with the green cheek or my blue head, neither one wants any part of that. Last week he flew into Chante's cage and I had to get him out because Chante was not thrilled. If I get a place with more room I would love to have a Dusky Pi and would also like to be able to take in all the Pionus parrots I see needing homes.
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: maxsmom on November 07, 2013, 09:40:40 PM
Cetan, me too. Wish I had bigger home and more time....would love a BW and perhaps a Blue Head
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: KiwiMango on November 08, 2013, 07:06:00 PM
Hi everyone-- new here.  I have 2-- Mango is my Maxi Pi and I have Kiwi, my Quaker.  I absolutely love having 2 because I never get tired of watching the way they interact with each other-- it's hilarious!!  Of course it is double the cleanup/double the expense for food, toys, etc... but I couldn't imagine it any other way.
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Jan on November 09, 2013, 12:30:34 AM

Hi you! Yep, two is better than one!  Welcome aboard!
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: maxsmom on November 09, 2013, 01:47:45 AM
Love my 2 individually but it is a lot of work being vigilant...I have to constantly watch and supervise to ensure Max does not boss Charlie.....hope this phase passes

You are lucky yours get along so well.
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: maxsmom on November 09, 2013, 10:02:17 AM
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Julie T on November 09, 2013, 10:56:57 AM
Welcome to you, Mango, and Kiwi :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: momazon on November 10, 2013, 12:07:12 AM
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: luvbirds on November 10, 2013, 06:13:56 PM
We've reached our the limit of our zoo(I feel like a zoo keeper at times)to 4 parrots who chase our 2 senior cats. My husband got Bronco my 9 year old Meyers for our Anniversary in 2009.He was a rehomed bird with issues like hating men but after 41/2 years he will go to both of us if he has to. I got Zev a White Capped Pionus for my husband in 2010, because Bronco didn't like him and after 3 years she's finally decided I'm okay. Last year our friend who breeds Pionus wanted to find a home as a pet for her Bronze Wing Holly whose mate had died and she was passing on a foot deformity on to her chicks so we adopted her and she literally made it painfully clear who she preferred the second day we had her. In September we got the call that a Blue-headed chick from the clutch we had socialized was being returned by a second owner could we please take Lady now 11 months and we did. The 2 previous owners didn't know what they were in for so we now have some issues to deal with and she's my baby at the moment. It can pretty loud here especially I breeding season.
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: Julie T on November 10, 2013, 07:27:44 PM
There are still several more "dream birds" that I'd like to have down the road, but for the time being we will be maxed out after Raven comes home.

When I was living alone, 3 parrots was 'MAXED OUT' for me personally. Robin along with 2 larger parrots didn't work out for me long term unfortunately, being single and working outside of the home. Just too much.

With the two of us involved with the birds now, it helps, but with changes happening around here, we are maxed for now. My dream would be to have 4-5 parrots! I already have them picked out haha. I do wonder if I would personally be able to manage enough individual time with that many though. Even if one day I get to work from home, that still would be a lot of birds. So I don't know, realistically we'll have to see.

One thing is for sure, from now on I will not add another bird unless I am absolutely sure I can handle another in my life. I can't be impulsive these days anyway since I just don't have the same income anymore.
Title: Re: How Many
Post by: momazon on November 11, 2013, 01:59:13 PM
I would love to have a better bird room, and a pi of every kind.  Time will tell if this is a realistic goal, since we have had mishaps and financial changes, too.