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One or Two RNs? Or maybe none at all

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One or Two RNs? Or maybe none at all

Post by tequilaiam » Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:58 am

Hi all,

I am contemplating getting a pet bird for myself and fiance (you have to make sure you can keep an animal alive before having kids right?)

Anyhow, IRNs came up when looking at lovebirds and I found a breeder somewhat close.

Anyway, I have a somewhat long working schedule but the lady doesn't, however it would be nice to take a weekend vacation and a single Lovebird sounds too needy and a pair sounds like they don't bond with humans and therefore wouldn't be such rewarding pets.

SO my question is: Would 2 IRNs still bond with people but keep eachother entertained enough that the occasional hectic schedule wouldn't make them depressed? Or would they be like lovebirds and only want to associate with eachother?

BTW, I had a cockateil when I was younger and he lived a pretty happy life so I'm familiar with birds somewhat. The fiance isn't but likes animals in general - the more cuddly and affectionate the better.

A bird seems ideal because we have a decent sized house but a small yard so a dog isn't the first thing I want to get.

Any help and input is greatly appreciated.


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Post by julie » Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:56 am

I would start with one first. Try to get a hand tame young bird.

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Post by tequilaiam » Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:02 am

Thanks for the input. This brings me to another question: how do IRNs do if another playmate is introduced later in life? For example, dogs are great when they grow up together but if there's a one dog household and another, younger animal is introduced later you have issues in the fact that one animal is at a different stage of life than the other. Kinda like a 40 yr old and a 20 yr old being can be cordial but not ideal. Are IRNs the same way?

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Post by MrsVanPelt » Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:52 am

From what I understand IRNs don't usually get along in pairs IN THE SAME CAGE. So you'd always have to make sure you have two enclosures, two sets of toys, etc just in case they don't get along.

I really would recommend getting just one bird. It'll be easier to bond with and learn how to care for.
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Post by Amazonite » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:07 pm

im agreeing with the one bird idea, they love attention and you need to be able to give it attenton, if yo have two and a big job life you might forget to give one attention or give one more than the other which they dont like.
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