03-14-2018, 06:12 PM
Hi! to Talk Budgies
Your new budgie is a handsome little male.
Have you named him yet?
I would not recommend going out and getting another budgie right away.
It is best (especially for a first time budgie owner) to get to know their budgie and spend a minimum of 6 months taming and bonding with it before considering getting another bird.
Many budgies are quite happy as solo birds and a single budgie is much easier to tame and bond with.
There are many things to take into consideration before getting a second budgie.
If you 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
Introducing two birds
3. Flock Dynamics
4. Where do you plan to get the new bird?
Why buy from an reputable breeder rather than a big box pet store
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?
Be Prepared for Veterinary Care Expense
Generally, it is best to wait a full two weeks before trying to handle a new bird. Budgies are usually very submissive initially because they are terrified.
Don't be surprised if your budgie suddenly starts being less willing to sit on your finger after he's had time to adjust to his new environment.
Taming and Bonding with a budgie is all about helping the budgie learn to trust you. You need to go at your budgie's pace. You should not grab your budgie nor force him to be held. Did you get him directly from a breeder or from a pet store?
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
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