Need help please! chickens with other exotic birds....can I do this???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by richardandleigh, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. richardandleigh

    richardandleigh Hatching

    Jul 28, 2007
    I have a HUGE aviary type enclosure in the backyard to let my hens have tons of space to roam and be free from predators. Well I almost have it... it should be completed this week. Can I put other birds in with the chickens (like parakeets, love birds, cockateils)?

    WHy are we wantitng to do this? We are zoned residential and we want to have an HONEST response to what that enclosure is in our backyard. Saying... an Aviary of course with cockateils, parakeets and misc other birds will suffice to keep nosey neighbors at bay and drive by zoning inspectors.

    We are new to the whole chicken thing and we are trying to minimize our mistakes. The birds are only 4-5 weeks old, so we are not working with established territorial birds, yet. Our meat birds are in their little chcicken tractor, rotating through the yard. The girls are still in brooders awaiting the completion of their tropical oasis.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  2. Bubba

    Bubba Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    If they get used to them it might work out. Chickens will defend thier territory. Some chickens hunt other birds just depends on your animals. I have been told on MANY MANY occasions that this animal and this one won't get along. I have proven people wrong many times. From reptiles, birds, fish etc

    There really is no way to know, until you try it. Since they are young hopefully they bond and get used to the other ones. I love lovebirds but they sure do get bitey when they lay eggs. You might have to worry about other birds attacking your chickens, only time will tell. Please tell us how it goes [​IMG]

  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Sounds like a plan to me, as long as you don't have a rooster. [​IMG] I don't think it would be wise to put in ground birds, though, like quail, unless they have their own fenced area. I hope it works, sounds great!
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I think it would work, Put the tiny bird perches high up and let the chickens dominate the ground.
  5. verthandi

    verthandi Songster

    May 18, 2007
    Call me "chicken" and over protective. But I am extremely careful of contact between my parrots and chickens. The parrots are tended to first thing in the morning and not again until after I have showered and changed clothes from working around the chickens.

    There are many diseases that can be transferred between them. I really like my chickens but I am not willing to risk my parrots lives with a common disease that I might carry to them.

    The thought of losing any of my chickens is hard enough from disease or illness....but let me tell you, if I lost one of my long time parrot buddies from something I could have prevented I would be heartsick.

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