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Old 02-24-2019, 06:02 PM
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Hello everyone!

So I just purchased a budgie last week and have been following a slow process for her taming and building trust. After a week, she'll sit on a perch right by my hand and will sometimes nibble on my finger. I suppose that's a good start so far.

My question is another behavior I've started to see. She's in a very large cage with my anti-social (bird-wise) Cockatiel but when the tiel is out of her cage and playing with the family, the budgie races back and forth along the bottom of the cage looking for a way to get out and join in. Obviously, I'm not going to let her out until she is more trained but I'm concerned that she may be bonding with my tiel instead of us.

Additionally, we have a Green Cheek Conure who thinks everything alive was created to be her friend. As such, she's always trying to prune the budgie even through the cage. The Conure is kept in her own cage but again, bonding with another bird concerns me.

Do you all recommend I take my budgie out of the large cage with the tiel and keep her in a separate location in a different cage until she has bonded with the family?

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Hi FinalPatriot,
Welcome to the forums.
It is recommended that any time a new bird is brought into a home where there are other birds that the new bird be quarantined for at least 30 days, that means the new bird should be in a separate cage and different room for that period of time. This is to prevent the transmission of any illness that the new bird might be hiding. Of course not all birds are hiding an illness but it is a safeguard and usually it will become apparent within the first 30 days if there are any health issues. Within that time it is also advisable to have the new bird seen by an avian vet to get a clean bill of health. It is not advisable to keep different species in the same cage, however it is fine for them to have supervised out of the cage time together. At this time I would get a separate cage for the budgie and keep her in a different room and work on bonding with her. There are a number of great articles in the Taming and Bonding section of the forum, please take a look at them when you have time. We would love to see pictures of all your birds when you get a chance.
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We recommend that you do not keep your budgie in with your Cockatiel even after quarantine.
Housing two species in one cage is not a good idea.

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.

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice. It's always better to house separate species in separate cages.

Additionally, be very careful about the conure and the budgie - she may have good intentions, but she's a "big beak" and could accidentally hurt your wee budgie.

Right now she's in a new environment and scared of people, and the birds are the first sort of familiar thing she's seeing. It's natural for her to want to be closer to them. However, this doesn't necessarily mean she's going to bond with them. You can help her get used to you during quarantine, as this is also the time where you can continue to work to gain her trust.

Best wishes with your new little budgie! You've come to a great place to learn even more about the best budgie care! If you have any questions after reading through the links provided above, please do ask as we'd be more than happy to help.

We hope to meet your budgie soon! (We'd also love to see photos of your other birds if you have any to share in the Other Birds forum )

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