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I've had two cockatiel hens past 10 years, very closely bonded. One has died and was wondering if I should get another , as I guess the one left is missing her mate and feels lonely. The problem is it is difficult to find an old bird and I would be getting a younger one, also not sure if male or female be better, or should I just leave her on her own, as I'd hate if she didn't get on with a new one and don't want to annoy her, if anyone has any advice, I'm not sure about getting maybe a hand reared budgie, or stick with cockatiel, as hand reared might be more calm, she would need something calm and non aggressive as she's an old lady now. :), any advice appreciated.
 

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I have twice gotten birds for another bird. The first time, my female hated him and became depressed and grumpy. After she died, the male had a breakdown so I purchased a new bird in hopes of helping him. I don't know how it will go this time but his recent changes in personality, after I got the baby, make me worry he will no longer be a safe companion for another bird, especially a female, who he might pick on. If you get another bird it should probably be a female, they are generally calmer and more predictable.
 

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I have twice gotten birds for another bird. The first time, my female hated him and became depressed and grumpy. After she died, the male had a breakdown so I purchased a new bird in hopes of helping him. I don't know how it will go this time but his recent changes in personality, after I got the baby, make me worry he will no longer be a safe companion for another bird, especially a female, who he might pick on. If you get another bird it should probably be a female, they are generally calmer and more predictable.
 

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ok , thanks for that advice, I didn't mention the remaining female has a hernia hanging out with her gizards in it, the vet took xray and said there was nothing he could do, that was a year and a half ago and shes still fine but not sure if a new bird might peck at it, so looks like she may have to live out her days all alone :( I put a mirror in the cage and she's pecking at it which I don't know if that's worse coz she thinks it another bird but is not having the interaction.
 

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ok , thanks for that advice, I didn't mention the remaining female has a hernia hanging out with her gizards in it, the vet took xray and said there was nothing he could do, that was a year and a half ago and shes still fine but not sure if a new bird might peck at it, so looks like she may have to live out her days all alone :( I put a mirror in the cage and she's pecking at it which I don't know if that's worse coz she thinks it another bird but is not having the interaction.
A new baby will very likely peck at it. All my new babies bite other birds' toes, so a hanging hernia would likely be irresistible. If you don't mind having another bird you could buy a baby and place their cages next to each other so they can keep each other company. Otherwise, she should probably be kept alone for her safety. Males especially can be hostile and blow up without warning, despite their normally sweet nature.
 

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That's a good point, I was thinking more to get an older female similar to her , but then I think I'd still be worried it might try peck at it. Her mate that died did try the odd peck but she was able to shake her off. I don't know if another bird in a cage beside her is worth it if I can never put them in the same cage together I'm thinking what's the point. It's a hard one!
 
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