Q: Multiple Green Cheek Conures?

Hi, I’m wondering about having multiple green cheek conures. Should I get a second green cheek conure, a friend for my first bird? I have a good girl conure right now, perfectly behaved, by the name of Lucy. Lucy seems like a lonely bird a lot. Like, I’ll go to work and Lucy is sitting on her perch in the same position as when I left. She’s got toys…but always sits in the same position on her perch.

Would having multiple green cheek conures help? Like, if I bought a second bird, would my green cheek be less lonely? The second bird would be a female bird though, so they couldn’t mate. I’m 100% sure she’s a female, since we had Lucy DNA sexed.

Q: Multiple Green Cheek Conures?

I’m also going to ask: would her behavior change? I hear that with multiple birds, they don’t want human company anymore. They just want the company of each other. Like I said, I’m not trying to mate her. I just want to get her another friend. Would her behavior become out of control, like would she get aggressive toward me? She’s not an aggressive bird at all right now, in fact, she’s really calm and laid back.

Almost forgot to mention: she’s 2, and we think she hit birdy puberty. Before she used to sing, dance, play in her cage (not sit in the same position like a perch potato.) But now, no more does she sing, dance or play. She acts quiet and still, almost depressed(the reason we think she needs a friend.)

I just hate thinking of my green cheek conure lonely without a friend. I don’t even know if multiple green cheek conures is the answer or would make her aggressive, help please!

15 thoughts on “Q: Multiple Green Cheek Conures?”

  1. Anonymous

    Having more than one green cheek conure is a bad idea. My GCC, Conner (conure named conner, yes I know.) Was great until we got Ariel. They mated, bonded, did everything together. After the two mated and bonded I didn't have a sweet little bird anymore.

    I had two brats that didn't want anything to do with me and bit if I came too close to their nest/cage. They got way way more territorial around their nest/cage area. My advice is: don't do it.

  2. Multiple Green Cheeks

    Anonymous is right. Don't get two birds unless you really want to breed them. Green cheeks naturally are already territorial. Getting two birds and putting the birds together makes things worse.

  3. Re: Multiple Green Cheeks

    I'd say get your green cheek a friend if he/she is already bonded with you. GCCs don't usually break their bond so you're good most likely.

  4. Anonymous

    Um…you said she's a perch potato? And this is recent behavior, right, like she used to be more active (dancing and singing etc?) Are you sure Lucy might not be sick? Birds lose their energy and start getting quieter when they're sick. Does she have symptoms including puffy feathers, runny nose and dropped wings? Then she could be sick. Let me know!

  5. Squarix

    Reasons to get a second bird: you want to mate them, you want little green cheek babies (cute!) and you're planning to sell them. You don't care if your green cheek Lucy bites you/finds the other bird more interesting, and you wouldn't take it personal.

    Reasons not to get a second bird: your bird looks lonely. Loneliness is not a reason for a second bird. Just get Lucy more toys/and/or a birdysitter. She'll be mentally stimulated and happy with those things. Birds don't need a mate to make them happy!

    Other reasons not to get another bird: you don't plan on mating them. You love your bird or would be offended when they start biting you. Your bird seems "depressed" (ie: more quiet/lethargic than normal.) Anonymous is right…your bird could be sick. Get a vet exam before ruling out anything.

    You sound like you fall into the second category. I wouldn't get another bird if I were you, but I'd look into getting a birdysitter or a vet exam. If the vet exam says she's healthy, then a birdysitter might work.

    Do you have anyone willing to come to your home and play with your green cheek, keep her company? If not, bird sitters can charge as little as $10 a day to come to your house and check on the bird.

  6. Anonymous

    Hey everyone, thanks for the advice! We took all yalls advice and got her a few more toys. My mom is checking up on her in the daytime to make sure Lucy isn't lonely (she's in love with my mom for some reason.)

    As far as her being sick: no, we just got her a vet visit a month ago, and the vet said she's healthy as a horse (well, healthy as a bird anyways.) We're still waiting on the blood work to come back. The blood work will show whether she has a bacterial infection in her crop, like the vet suspects.

    Anyways, my green cheek is loads better now, thanks! She's more active, and likes the toys that she has (especially the new birdy boing from petco.)

    I'm glad I avoided the mistake of almost getting a second green cheek conure. My friend recently got a second bird (a friend for his sun conure.) And they both hate him now. He's got a nasty bite wound from the female, who used to love him. :'(

    I'll follow your advice too, Squarix. If I want a pet bird, only one bird. If I want to breed green cheeks, I'll get multiple green cheek conures. Thanks again everyone!

  7. Squarix

    Hey, glad you found my advice on multiple green cheek conures useful, OP! But I had a question. When you said multiple…you meant one male green cheek conure and one female right? Because multiple male conures will fight over one female conure, and injure each other. Females fight too, if there's just one male.

    If you ever plan to breed green cheeks, do it slowly, and remember that birds have individual personalities. Not every green cheek likes every bird of their species. Introduce a second bird slowly, and remember the one to one ratio of one female per one male conure.

  8. Anonymous

    What are you saying? A lonely bird is not a reason for a friend..

    You people makes me sad. One bird is a unhappy bird. Bird is flock animals and as right for a birdfriend. You are selfish if you just have one bird because it will be more frienly to you. It because you are the only friend it has, and when you going away it gets lonely. Birds are flock animals like a said before, and when a bird bond with another, they never leave eachother. You only coud have one bird if you are with it 24 hours. Please for you bird, get a friend!

  9. Anonymous

    same thing happend to me.. i had cyro he was like my best friend. i took him everywhere i got him a mate thinking it would be good for me.. cyro became very aggressive. only wanted to be with sadie. if i dared try to take sadie away or pick her up he would attack me. if she chose to come with me hed attack her. i had to get rid of him and it killed me. but he was just way too agressive. sadie is my only green cheek now and shes happy to c me every time im come homee.

  10. Anonymous

    I know this is a really old article, but I'd just like to chime in.
    One will not always lose the bond formed between them and their bird when introducing a new bird, if the owners are patient by introducing the new bird slowly, bonding with both birds separately and keep in mind as an owner, one should be vigilant about continually training both their birds on acceptable behavior.

    I have 7 GCCs as pets, but hope they will breed as it's part of the natural behavior. 4 females and 1 male in the flock, with 2 males being introduced at the moment . We ensure we bond with the birds first before "blending" them into the flock, which for us has taken between 2 and 6 months depending on the birds themselves.

    Two of our females (1 is actually the alpha bird) will fly to us demanding our attention when we enter the aviary and they've been established in the flock for 1.5-2 years now. We have made the mistake of introducing a new bird to soon and that one became very skittery with us, but loved the group. Yet with time and training we've gotten her back and she's able to free fly outside with the other 4, supervised, of course.

    Just like when you get a new bird, changing the environment (increasing the size of your flock) will take time and training to cultivate the "ideal" relationship between all. You will probably have to suffer through a bit of their tantrum, but personally, I love the large group of birds I have and find the scars on my finger to be worth it.

    By the way, my alpha bird I mentioned is actually the GCC-pineapple in the thumbnail for "How to curb Green Cheek aggression" and "7 mysteries of Green Cheek sleep solved." That's a picture of my first 2 GCCs – the normal has since passed, but she was the original boss. And that thumbnail is showing 2 females fighting over the pineapple's unfertilized egg (dumb owners – me – put a nesting box in without DNA sexing).

  11. Eoz

    I got a second conure and it went well, and we're all friends, but I have some caveats. Your relationship with your bird WILL change, and your bird will probably become less close with you. I get along well with my conures and love them both, and they love each other (but are not mated – not sure what genders they are), but my first conure isn't the sweet little bird she used to be. I can handle her and hold her, but I can't give her endless rubs the way I used to, or pick her up in my hand.

    Overall, it was worth it for me, because they are friends and I don't worry about them getting bored during the day. But if you want a super best buddy of a bird, don't get a second one.

  12. Emily

    Instead of adding a bird to one I already own, I ended up purchasing two hatchmates who were already bonded to each other. Though they are pretty good birds overall, I can definitely see how with them both already being attached to each, their bonding to either my husband or me hasn't been very successful. We don't know their sexes, but I'm pretty sure I have a male and a female. They don't allow much physical touch, though they love climbing around on us. After having them for almost 5 months, we're just now getting the assumed female, Gracie, okay with some light petting, and even some neck rubs when she's in a napping mood. The "male", George, will only allow occasional beak rubs, and he prefers them from my husband. They're not even a year old yet, so I'm hoping we can keep them working towards at least some more affection towards us since they're still young. We've at least mostly broken them of their biting habit towards us!

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