Here's my little story. My Sunny Jim is almost 7 - he's always been a fairly quiet budgie - not one for playing with toys much. When his brother Jasper died 2 or 3 years ago, I rehomed Louis from a lady who didn't want him, so Sunny Jim could have some company. Louis is completely the opposite - a little live wire. He would pester Sunny Jim all day, but eventually things calmed down and they lived together in a tolerable kind of way. A few months ago, my Sooty died which left Sweep alone. I thought I would see if all three could live together. Immediately Sweep and Sunny Jim bonded - I was amazed as I have never had bonded budgies before - it was so sweet to see them. BUT of course poor little Louis was left out. I thought it may be OK as he is such a playful little budgie and they have a lot of toys. However, he stopped playing with all the toys and hounded Sunny Jim persistently and it ended with some fighting and I have had to separate them. I have moved Louis into a double height medium vision cage. He has plenty of toys, but he's never been on his own before. He's singing away quite happily but I feel bad for him. Do you think he will be OK? I can't risk getting another budgie in case they don't get on. I have the cage in my bedroom, which means he has company when I am there, but he is used to being downstairs with a lot going on. I would appreciate your thoughts.
Louis sounds as if he is a very social little bird. IF you have time to spend with him each day, one on one so he has stimulation and interaction then he will do fine.
Are you giving him out of cage time each day?
Would it be possible for you to move SunnyJim and Sweep upstairs to your bedroom and let Louis be downstairs where there is more activity and chances for interaction? After all, they have one another for company.
If you do decide to get another budgie as a friend for Louis, please be sure to consider:
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.
Thank you - it is a dilemma, I have thought about swapping them upstairs to downstairs, but Louis will have more chance to be out with me upstairs. Downstairs it is open plan and we have 2 dogs so not very practical. They do have a lovely big cage downstairs which allows flying and exercise, toys and each other. I can spend more time with Louis - he will feed from my hand so I'm hoping he will get tame enough to be let out and have a fly around. Hopefully then he won't miss the others too much.
It sounds as though Louis is going to be just fine upstairs on his own with you to keep him company.
Simply give the current arrangement a few months and re-evaluate the situation at that time.
Louis will enjoy having you paying attention to him and will most likely be quite happy as a solo budgie given what you've said.