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#257100 - 10/22/14 06:53 PM Two bird law  
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I seem to remember that when Holland passed the new parrot anti-hand feeding law, the legislation also required that each bird have a companion. Unfortunately, I could not find a reference to the news item. I don't speak the language and I can't seam to remember where I read this. If anyone can find an English description of the legislation, please post a link.

My understanding of the new Dutch law is, each bird is required to have a companion of the same genus, meaning caretakers must have two or more birds of the same genus. The birds do not have to be bonded or share the same cage. The birds must be kept in the same room, the decision to put them in separate cages is left to the caretaker. As far as I remember, single birds kept when the law went into effect would be grandfathered. The law is to be applied to birds acquired after the law takes effect.

I have watched many YouTube videos of a guy with two U2s. As a casual observer, it appears to me, that the friendly nature between the two birds provide them companionship, even when the human caretaker is not around. When the caretaker is present, both birds find interacting with him to be fun and entertaining. Maybe I am a romantic but, I have long thought that a relationship such as this was the best sort of relationship to have with parrots. Humans just can not meet all the social demands of a bird, however sometimes a second bird can.

Maybe this sort of relationship between multiple birds and a human is the exception rather than the rule. Or possibility, I am reading too much into the videos I have watched. Assuming my memory and the interpretation of the Dutch law is correct, do you think a law requiring multiple birds is productive or counterproductive to the general welfare of parrots?


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#257101 - 10/22/14 07:42 PM Re: Two bird law [Re: Specialist Elbru]  
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The Netherlands only just stopped the importation of wild caught birds in 07. This year they also stopped the practice of hand feeding and birds must all be parent reared. I haven't read anything regarding single/double birds in a household. It would be great if they do. I would love to see the US do the same with the parent rearing. Time constraints I think would cause a good number of breeders to give up and stop breeding all together. It takes a very lucrative business and potentially cuts their business in half at least with the large birds and even more so with the smaller.


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#257106 - 10/23/14 02:34 AM Re: Two bird law [Re: Specialist Elbru]  
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I think it's something that sounds nice in theory but is counterproductive in reality. Additionally, the animal cruelty laws currently on the books are rarely enforced.

You'd probably wind up with some unintentional chicks if people had opposite gender parrots. (I've seen this happen from customers at the rescue where I volunteer.)

Also, no guarantee they'll get along. For about 8 years (until one recently died), I had two black headed caiques. They absolutely hated each other. And parrots of different species can be fast friends.


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