12-29-2017, 07:49 AM
I've merged your initial thread into this one so it's easier for everyone to see the background before trying to respond to your latest post.
I'd like to ask some questions of you to get a better feel for your mind-set before I offer any advice.
Are the budgie and cockatiel still being housed separately or did you end up putting them together in one cage?
If you have the cockatiel and budgie in the same cage, I recommend you house them separately.
How much time do you spend on a daily basis interacting one-on-one with your budgie?
Do you sit with the budgie, read to him and play with him every day?
You indicate that perhaps your budgie will not "be sad when you take the cockatiel places"
Does that mean you are spending your time with the cockatiel and basically the budgie is on his own?
In another sentence you indicate you like budgies better than cockatiels so I'm rather confused about how you actually feel about your current birds since
a couple of months ago you were talking about rehoming one of them. (?)
What specific outcome are you trying to achieve by getting another budgie?
Anytime you add or remove a bird the flock dynamics will change.
There is no guarantee that the new budgie and the current budgie will bond and get along well. If that happens, are you able and willing to house the birds in three separate cages on a permanent basis?
There are many things to take into consideration before getting a second budgie.
If you do decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.
Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.
Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"
2. Introducing the new bird to the current bird
3. Flock Dynamics
4. Where do you plan to get the new bird?
5. Vet Expense and Housing
Do you have the time, finances, etc to devote to another bird?
Are you ready, willing and able to house the new budgie separately on a permanent basis if it does not get along with your current bird after quarantine?