by Heike Ewing Ott
What is the best way to introduce two parrots to each other in order to create a close bond but which reduces the risk of injury to either bird? And how will you know that the two birds have started to bond to each other? This article, written by an experienced breeder, helps to answer these questions.
Does ANYONE know how to do this? I don’t think I like the idea of just putting them together and let feathers fly!
The way I have done it is to put the two cages side by side, just far enough apart that they can’t bite each others’ feet. Eventually, if they are going to bond and get along, you will see them start to do the same thing at the same time, such as eat, drink, play, etc. This is called parallel behavior.
As that progresses, in time they will start to sleep as close together as they can get and do almost everything “together.” Now you can let them get together outside the cage, and when they are preening each other and interacting out of their cages you can feel pretty good about caging them together. This process will take anywhere from 3 or 4 weeks to 6 months, depending on the birds.
Also see: Bonding & Overbonding