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Old 08-16-2017, 06:29 PM
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Hello! I have a budgie who is around 5 years old, is pretty tame (doesn't let me stroke her) but sits on my shoulder wherever I go, gives kisses, preens me, takes naps on my finger, etc. She has learnt a lot of noises such as my text tone, and whenever I come home gets really excited and I let her out her cage as soon as I get home.

I have been recently thinking about getting her a friend as I go to work from 9-4 each day and in that time she is just in her cage with the radio on. She doesn't seem depressed, she has lots of toys which I change round regularly, nice sized cage, and interaction in the morning and when I get home.

I just feel sad for her when she's alone when there's no one at home. Although, the thing that worries me is that she is very dominant over her cage, and gets very upset when there's major change. For example , I changed her layout of her perches and toys around the other day and she sat in the corner and wouldn't play, and as soon as I changed it back she was happy again. I am not sure if a new budgie would benefit her in the long run or not, and was wondering on people's thoughts? Would Joey lose the bond she has for me? Would they fight if Joey gets upset about the change ??

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Old 08-16-2017, 06:40 PM
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It's good that you are considering getting an additional friend for her. Budgies are incredibly social birds so having an extra companion around never hurts.

What can hurt, however, is how you introduce them.

It's a gradual process. It's not like you're going to buy the bird and throw them in the same cage. First, there is a quarantine process (usually 30 days or more)
for a new bird. This is a good thing, don't see it as a negative like some people do.

It's the safest and surest way to keep your currently healthy bird healthy and free from any diseases or illnesses the other may have. Remember, birds hide sickness very well. They have to in the wild else they could get picked off by predators.

It's also a great time for you to bond with the bird and gain a bit of an understanding of your new friend yourself!

When it is finally time for quarantine to be finished, your vet visits complete etc. The process is a gradual one. You don't want either to be hurt. Most start by placing the cages side by side (far enough where they can nip those toes or fight through bars) and take them out in a neutral territory, usually (but not always, depending on space) away from their cages. This way you can observe their behaviors.

If things go swimmingly over half a dozen or more interactions (maybe give it a week or two of them interacting with each other) and things are going well, many people don't mind putting them together in the same cage after that.

In that case, you should monitor their relations inside each other cages. It might be good to start with your older bird placed in the cage of your newer bird. That way the older one doesn't get too territorial, build the relationships, see where it goes and reintroduce them into the bigger cage that you have.

It's all a process. Expect bickering and fighting. It happens. It's natural.

Things to watch out for are the biting of feet, pulling of feathers and of course blood. Be patient and things should be fine. DOn't be afraid to take it slow!
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Many budgies do just fine alone, especially when they get lots of one-on-one attention when you are home.

My girl is much the same as yours, she's always been a solo budgie and we have a great relationship, but I'm gone up to eight hours a day at school, etc. When I get home, I spend all the time I can with her and do my work in the same room as her, etc. She's very independent and doesn't take kindly to other birds or similar intrusions, and apart from that is very lively, energetic, and plays well. Although it's up to you if you want to get her a friend, it's important to consider if she even needs/wants a friend.

If you do decide to get a friend for your girl, remember to quarantine the new bird for at least 40 days in another cage and room to prevent the spread of possible illnesses to your current budgie. Additionally, be prepared to house them both separately, as they are not guaranteed to get along, especially with your girl's more independent temperament.

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Thank you so much for such quick replies, I will consider it over the next few days/weeks and try to keep you updated !! I think I might just leave Joey alone, as she doesnt seem to mind and loves it when I am home, and gets more stressed if I change up her routine
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Given Joey's age, personality, cage dominance and the fact that she's happy, I would not upset the apple cart by bringing another budgie into the equation.

Lots of budgies are just fine as solo birds and it certainly sounds as though Joey is one of them!

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