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I want a new one #346048 01/09/09 12:46 AM
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Hey,
I feel really guilty, I've been working two jobs lately. It ends up being 30-40 hours, and Sherby is home by himself that whole time. He seems to be fine with it but I want to get him a friend. My husband thinks that I wouldn't have enough time to train/bond with the new one. The ones that I have to choose from are hand fed and pretty tame. Would a new bird learn from Sherby? Would Sherby's friendliness with us rub off on the other?

Re: I want a new one [Re: Sherby'sMom] #346073 01/09/09 02:11 AM
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I'm sure getting another bird would be fine. Wouldn't it be hard to train two birds at the same time though?


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Sherby is well trained already. We've had him for about nine months now. Everyone I know says he's the friendliest bird they've ever seen. He definately considers us, and any other people that come through the door, to be part of his "flock." That's why I was wondering if they teach each other things. If Sherby would teach the new one that we are safe and nice and should be loved accordingly, then that would take away my husband's argument for not getting one.

Re: I want a new one [Re: Sherby'sMom] #346148 01/09/09 05:50 PM
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I only have one too and I'm starting to feel guilty about him not having a buddy too. And I'm home all day..so i can imagine how you're feeling about Sherby.
In my opinion I would say go for it! Especially since you can get one that is handfed and tame. Since you would have to quarantine for 30 days anyway-it would give you time to work with the newcomer-after work,weekends...before introducing it to Sherby anyway so.. And hopefully while you are working with the newbie your hubby will spend time with Sherby? Or take turns?
I think it would be GREAT for Sherby to have a pal to hang out with.Afterall they are flock creatures and even if Sherby were to regress a little it would be worth it. I really don't think Sherby would regress anyway though simply because he is sooo bonded with you now.
I would like to think that the new guy would learn from Sherby...I mean, sounds logical right? anyone have experience with this? I'd like to know too because I'm hoping to get another one in the spring.




Re: I want a new one [Re: kksuns] #346153 01/09/09 06:18 PM
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Your second bird is likely to bond less tightly with you. Not guaranteed, but likely.

If he is around another bird, he will be more interested in the bird than in humans; that's just nature.

If you are able to use the quarantine month to bond with him really well, then you have a good chance of keeping a bond with him even after you start introducing him to your first bird.
But I would strongly recommend that both you and your husband continue to spend a good chunk of one-on-one (or two humans & one bird) time with each bird, in a separate room, so that they both remain friends with both of you.

Properly socializing a new bird takes time and effort. You can't rush it.

Obviously I'm not saying don't do it; just be prepared to put in plenty of time with EACH bird EVERY day for a minimum of 2 or 3 months.

Re: I want a new one [Re: Faith says hi] #346164 01/09/09 09:56 PM
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I think that if you feel he is lonely that you should get him another bird, even if you loose some of bond with Sherby I think it's more important he has a companion if it can't be you.

Maybe you can look for a hand raised (or an already hand tamed) keet? That way there would be less chance of regression from Sherby.


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