Today while I had Daisy out for bonding time, She started preening my hand, arm, and neck! I am so happy right now!! Also she went to the vet for a checkup and vets say shes healthy, still awaiting a cause of death for her sister. While at the vet she informed me of a parakeet that had been abandoned on the doorsteps a month prior and asked if I was willing to take in another. He is abeautiful, friendly bird, and I did want two, but Daisys sister passed. Should I take in another? opinions?
I'm so glad to hear that Daisy is in good health and has started to bond with you. :clap:
Although I commend you for considering taking in the abandoned budgie, personally, I'd recommend you wait for a few months before taking in another bird.
Having a minimum of 6 months of bonding time with Daisy is going to go a long way in how close she becomes to you.
Additionally, there are many things to take into consideration before bringing another budgie into your home even though you had two in the beginning.
Remember, you'll have to quarantine a new bird for 45 days, there is no guarantee it will get along with Daisy and it may have to be housed separately on a permanent basis and you will have to do everything possible to discourage breeding if/when you have a mixed gender pair.
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.
If there are no Avian Vets in your area, then finding an Exotic Pet Veterinarian who has experience in dealing with small birds is the next best option.
2. Introducing the new bird to the current bird
Introducing two birds
3. 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
Good news to hear about Daisy :).
The post above from Deborah has some good points as to why it’s best to wait in your case, or keep Daisy single with you long term. While many budgies have no interest in befriending humans, Daisy sounds like a wonderful candidate. It would be a shame if this dynamic was ruined by adding a budgie that caused her stress, as well as more work for you if you needed to separate them. Adding would be taking a risk. If down the road you’d like to consider it, that is another story, but there are all the points in Deborah’s post to consider.
Do you have time for Daisy? If you are home a lot and want to bond with Daisy and have the time to be a companion for her, then don't take in another one. If you do, they might bond together and then want nothing to do with you. But if you don't really have much time for her and "bonding time" with her out of the cage is infrequent or not on a regular basis, then by all means get her a friend. It doesn't even have to be the rescue, but she should have a friend to keep her company if you can't spend much time with her.
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