A flock of budgies (5 m. 11 f. rec. 1/10/19) is like a swarm of buzzing flies to the big birds. For their own safety, we had to isolate them from the other parrots. They now occupy the back half of the hen house and have their own 8x12x24 aviary. Whenever the weather is nice, they all go out to play.
Budgies will also nest in the slightest groove, so their access to things like cholla is limited. They tried nesting in their food dishes, and their food fights with conures led to a fire infestation. Now they have outside feeders, so they have nowhere left to lay their eggs and all their food waste is outside.
We provide fake cockatiel or chicken eggs for all the parrot hens where there are places that can be used for nesting. We tried the week-long light cycle trick with the budgies. They don't lay as much, but they still lay. Reproduction is forbidden here. Parrot eggs are very rare and immediately disposed of.
Conures are adorable. They are hyper, very social, and non-stop chatter.
Billie (m. rec. 9/3/18, owner death--Scott) is a sweet, mild mannered darling. He won't chase you down, but he is eager for a head scratch.
He has paired up with Manguito (m. rec. 7/29/18, 7 yrs., owner health--Jon W.; fostered 8/26/19, Nate V.), a Sun conure. Sun conures like to bomb anything they perceive as a threat. Bigger birds get terrorized and cornered. The conures do bully the budgies out of their way, and the budgies return the favor by throwing the conure's food on the floor.
Manguito wanted everyone's attention, only bombing one of the dogs. Once introduced to the aviary, he didn't want to come back inside. Then he paired with Billie and started bombing the larger birds. His hormones got the best of him, he became a safeety risk for himself and others. He needed one-on-one, so he had to go into our foster program.
Twinkie is an Indian ringneck (f. rec. 8/9/19; b. 1/24/16, Corrinne A.) who got to attached to mom and took over a substantial part of their home. She came here to hopefully develop more healthy bird relationships. She was understandably clipped at home to reduce her effect as a threat. It also leaves her vulnerable to threats.
She's a tad on the anxious and shy side. There are some places here you really don't want to be fluttering without control! In the house if you come anywhere near Pebbles, you also need to get out of her way before she can reach you. This got Twinkie bumped out to the hen house earlier than planned.
Lucky for Twinkie, the cockatiels are a particularly friendly and welcoming lot. She seems to have taken to Alice and Pops. Conures are more of a challenge, but Billie alone is pretty easy going. Twinkie loves peanuts, gala apples, and Zupreem fruit blend. Fresh gala chunks go in nearly every food dish every day. About half the dishes are Zupreem or mixed with it---even the outdoor feeders.