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Old 12-30-2018, 05:38 PM
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I got my little friend yesterday. I was hoping for a boy since I had some boys that could talk. Anybody had a girl that talked? Also, is it better to have one or two parakeets? Will they be as friendly if there are more then one? Are girls as friendly as boys? I am sorry for all the questions.

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Hi there

This should answer your questions!

https://www.talkbudgies.com/general-...e-budgies.html

Additionally, if you want your little girl to bond with you, the best chance of that is if she remains a single budgie. Keep in mind that single budgies must have a "flock" which will consist of you and your family, so ensure you spend plenty of time with her throughout the day or she will be lonely.

I am strongly bonded to my little girl and she feels like she's part of the flock over here.

Keep in mind that not all birds are "people birds" and may be best suited to a life with other birds. If this is the case, you'll notice that even after a year of getting to know her she isn't very active or interested in interacting with you. If she seems, however, like she's settling in just fine, playing with her toys, etc. then she'll likely be fine as a single bird
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Old 12-30-2018, 07:19 PM
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I would definitely not recommend even considering getting another budgie for a minimum of 6 months.
Take that time to get to know your budgie and bond with him/her.
Many budgies are quite happy as solo birds as long as you spend regular and consistent time with them each day.

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.

There are many things to take into consideration before getting another bird.

Do you really want another pet?

1. 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
Flock Dynamics

Your Harmonious Flock

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


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Excellent advice already above . The posts and the links provided should just about cover your questions. If not, feel free to ask!

Actually, my female is friendlier than my male. They were both co-parented by humans, and were used to being handled as juveniles. My male lost all of his tameness, although it doesn’t bother me so I never attempted to tame him again. Although he’s responsive when I talk to him. On the other hand, I very rarely handle my female, yet she has remained hand tame over time. They’re all so individual.
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:31 AM
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If you are still not sure whether to get one or two budgies, I suggest you get ONE first and see what their personality is like. Then you can determine if your budgie is going to be happier with a friend or if it is independent and should be kept alone. That’s what I did with my budgie, Casper, I ended up getting two more for him.
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Our female started off being much more tame than the male, but over time he got jealous of all the attention she got since she let us pick her up and cuddle with her. Now he's just as tame because he wanted in on the action. But still, they won't come to us on their own when the're out of the cage. They just want to fly around together. They'll eat out of your hand and get on your finger or arm, but you have to pick them up or they won't come. They do get back in the cage at night though. I got both when they were babies at the same time because we're not home all day and I didn't want one to be alone all day. A single parakeet is fine if someone is at home to interact with them. They should also be in a place where the family hangs out, like the living room to be "part of the flock" as was said before. Good luck and let us know what you get!

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