Yesterday morning, my baby birdy Merlin passed away, Iv'e had her and Charlie for 4 years. Yesterday I made sure charlie wasnt alone, I had to leave for class for a couple hours, so I had my neighbors come over to be with her. When people were over and talking, she was chirping. Last night I picked up a young budgie, because I dont want her to be alone. The new bird(likely male) is on the other side of the room ( I live in an apartment and I bring the birds, now just charlie, into the bedroom at night so I cant quarantine the new bird there) I live alone and I cant stand the though of my Char being alone. She isnt tame so I cant hold her, she likes me being by the cage though, and its right by my desk. The new bird isnt really moving so im just letting him adjust, i bought the toy he loved in the pet store and hes got millet, since he hasnt eaten or drank yet. I'm not to worried about him yet. But today, Charlie hasnt eaten or drank, shes just sitting in the top corner perch of her cage. Is she depressed or just grieving? I'm not trying to force the new bird on her, they can hear each other, but the new one wont vocalise unless char does, they are too far too see each other though.
I'm very sorry for your Merlin's passing... May she rest in peace.
Given the limited space for quarantine, it would be best to get a wellness check for your new budgie by booking an appointment at the avian vet specialist.
In order to help your new budgie to settle, you can cover the cage on 3 sides (leaving front part uncovered) and having some soothing music on for him.
As for Charlie, she's very likely reacting to the recent changes in her life and she must be missing Merlin and mourning her loss.
She may also be showing some signs of anxiety from hearing the new budgie.
Losing Merlin so recently and starting to listen to a different bird chirping can also be overwhelming to her.
During this time of adjustment, you can give her some extra support and TLC by spending added quality time with Charlie and talking to her in a reassuring way.
I hope all goes well with both of your budgies.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
The breeder that supplies the store preemptively treats the birds for things like mites, Merlins vet bill was really expensive because I had to go to emergency hours care, so I'm a little low on funds for a bit. I went to 5 different pet stores to make sure they treated the birds before hand.
I have the cage mostly covered. I've managed to get him to do the slow blink thing with me, it always helped with merlin and charlie. He doesnt make any noise unless charlie calls out.
Im going to be beside her for most of the day now, Thank you for the advice
Thanks for the links bparakeets, I have had to do quarantine before. I bought merlin with another bird named arthur, arthur had a heart attack after about two months, to this day I dont know what happened, he was fine one minute and gone the next. But I then got Charlie, and she was like my new bird is now, also namless for a few days. but by the time quarantine was over, and the cages were next to eachother, merlin was doing flips in his cage in excitement to meet. merlin wasnt tame, charlie let me touch her in quarantine but when she got a new friend she didnt let me anymore, so i couldnt let them out in another place, i rearranged merlins cage and I left both doors open to eachother, supervised, after about a day, merlin came to charlies cage and they both went back to merlins. i left the cage there for another day so charlie could go back if she wanted to but they got along great. I have more budgie experience now so im going to try to tame them more during quarantine.
It's good that you are spending a lot of time with Charlie to help her through her mourning period for her friend.
I'm also glad to hear you have the new budgie in quarantine and will be spending time bonding with both birds prior to their introduction after the quarantine period is over.