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    two cockatiels - advice on living in the same cage

    Hi Everyone

    We added two baby tiel's to our flock awhile back both around 6 months old now. A whiteface pied and a cinnamon pied. The cinnamon, Crash is male and the whiteface, Burn, is female (they haven't been dna sexed so these are guesses)

    The problem is that I don't think they like each other very much. When I separate them, carrying them around the house, they call for one another. But they are very nippy towards each other when together. They don't seem to really hurt one another but they fight a lot and bite as soon as the other gets too close.

    They do get time everyday out of the cage, about 3-4 hours.

    So I've narrowed down a few options to what I think I should do:
    Get another cage so they have separate cages, I'll leave the cages next to each other so they have company.
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    Buy a bigger cage (parrot size) so they have more room and don't get in each others faces so much. They currently are in a cage that is 80cm x 60cm x 90cm this is what the pet shop recommended
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    Write a post here and leave them be because someone will tell me its perfectly normal for cockatiels to fight and I'm being paranoid. :whistle:

    Thanks in Advance
    Andrea

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    two cockatiels - advice on living in the same cage

    I can't comment on the cockatiels as I have never owned any but I did want to comment on the names you picked out for them, I just love those names, Crash and Burn, how cute is that.:lol: :S
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    two cockatiels - advice on living in the same cage

    It is my believe that is it easier to keep birds tame if they are not together. Unless you plan to breed I would get a double cage or another cage and have them next to each other.
    Not knowing the size of the cage you have no I really can't tell you if a bigger would address the problem.
    But I do believe having their own space it the way to go with tame/pet birds.

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    two cockatiels - advice on living in the same cage

    Thanks for the advice :-)

    I think I will get a second cage not sure where i will put it tho. :unsure: They started fighting again this morning which kinda helped my decision

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    two cockatiels - advice on living in the same cage

    Why don't you buy one big cage with a divider down the middle that way they have their own space and it won't take up as much space as 2 cages will and then if you decide at a later time that you might want to put them together all you have todo is take the divider out


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    two cockatiels - advice on living in the same cage

    I will go have a look this weekend at the options for cages. They have a few cages with a divider but they are usually breeding cages and they don't look so great normally they are wooden with cage bars only in the front.

    I'll post a pic of the cage i get

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    Re:two cockatiels - advice on living in the same c

    A tiered cage would work. Two cages in one - one over the other.<br><br>Post edited by: M2MM, at: 2008/06/26 10:18
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    Re:two cockatiels - advice on living in the same c


    This is the kind of thing I mean.
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    Re:two cockatiels - advice on living in the same c

    Wow that one looks lovely! Do they have any problems with the one being in a cage higher than the other?

    Thanks for the pic!

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    Re:two cockatiels - advice on living in the same c

    My 2 greys are in a cage like that, and they have no problems at all.

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