Once you have purchased two birds of the opposite sex, you must then test for compatibility. Introductions can be quite traumatic. It is wise to allow the hen to establish her territory within the aviary prior to placing the cock bird with her. It is also good policy to allow the cock bird to be placed in a smaller cage attached to the aviary or alongside the existing aviary so that they can view each other from a distance prior to introduction. Sometimes it can be love at first sight, but in my experience it tends to be somewhere in between that and total dislike. A high degree of apprehension normally prevails at the first introduction. I have found that if you can get the two birds together in the hen's aviary for a couple of days or so then move them to an aviary in which neither bird has previously been. Because of the strange environment the only comfort they can gain is from each other. I have found this to work on many occasions and sometimes in the most difficult pairings. With larger birds such as Macaws and Cockatoos where they have volatile personalities, it is essential to remain vigilant and don't go too far away before you are sure that either bird is in danger from the other. It's worthwhile having a net and gloves available if you are required to intervene.
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