I am currently caring for two Lorikeets which were abandoned when the tree in which they were being raised was lopped as part of a clearing exercise for a dam. The parents did not return. They appear very healthy and are eating dry/wet nectar mix from the dish I provide. Whilst they are not yet flying I think this will happen shortly.They are currently housed in a fairly large cage but we have a large aviary (approx. 12mt X 4mt) and I would like o transfer them into there when they are flying. At the moment we have between 20 and 30 birds housed in the aviary consisting mainly cockatiels along with a ring neck parrot, a rosella and 2 budgies. Will it be safe and will there be any insurmountable problems in providing them with their special diet?
They should be ok in the aviary but you will need to be on the alert for overexuberance or even bullying. As far as the diet, I usually advise my clients to feed their lories a high quality pelleted diet, With fresh fruits and veg, and nectar mix only as a treat, and the birds do very well. The other species in your aviary generally do mot have a sweet tooth/beak, so having some nectar available should be fine. As with any introduction, use common sense and be on the ready for the first few days.