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Old 11-14-2019, 11:03 PM
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I currently have 2 budgies, male and female, and would like to one day get a third budgie. I am not in a hurry to, but want another one sometime in the next 10 years. So im just wondering, will my two budgies be happier as just the two of them, or happier with another one? My male has lived with another one girl for 4 years and then lived alone for one year, bonding with me stronger. Now he has another girl. So im just wondering, would they be happier with a third budgie or just the two of them?

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Old 11-15-2019, 10:14 AM
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It's best to stick with two.
When you have three, then one is often left out and/or bullied by the others.
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Do you think that would happen with two males and a female?

When i was really little my family had 3 birds (two girls and one boy) and THAT was definitely a problem. The girls did not like each other.
But then something happened with one girl and we bought another boy, so now it was two males and one female. After that they were sooo happy. I remember the two boys always trying to make everyone happy and whenever they would sleep, the girl would always be in the middle.

Im just curious because as flock birds, I would think that they would be happier with more birds. I sometimes see those types of arrangements on social media and it seems fine.

But if three is risky, what about four? Two more males? How would the birds feel that way?

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It isn't a good idea to have two birds of one gender and one of another. The two of the same gender may end up getting aggressive with one another as they compete for the other budgie OR two of the birds will bond and the other will be left out.

IF you must get more birds (which I don't recommend, by the way) then you should keep the gender ratios equal.

The more budgies you have, the greater the mess, the less bonded each of them will be to you and the greater the likelihood of one or more of them not getting along with the others.
Each time a bird is added or subtracted from a flock, the flock dynamics change.
This is just a fact of life.

Over the years, I've had one budgie at a time, two budgies together and currently have six budgies.
In my years of experience, I believe one budgie or two budgies is optimum when it comes to taming/bonding, etc.
If you want to just enjoy watching your budgies be budgies then having 4 or more is fine but you need to be prepared to deal with separate housing if necessary, additional vet bills, etc.

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
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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Okay, thank you for your input
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I've only known of one person who has three budgies that get along and they are all boys. And even then, some days there's hurt feelings because two budgies want to play a game together and the third feels left out of the game for a while and so on. Honestly, I don't think it's worth it and definitely not possible with more than one gender involved.
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I have three budgies, all girls. I bought two and rescued a lost one, so she was an unanticipated addition.

In my flock's particular Dynamic, Sunny, the eldest bird, had been mourning the loss of her best friend, Shayne, another female. When we introduced Twilight, Sunny didn't want anything to do with her. This frustrated Twilight, who is an Alpha bird, and she started picking on Sunny.

Then Cream was introduced. After a few months, it was clear that Sunny was off to the side, not so much because she was left out, but because she did not want to be with the other two birds. It appears to me now that Sunny who had bonded with Shayne, is a one-friend bird and won't bond again.

The dynamic after one year is that Cream and Twilight are bonded (Twilight just laid eggs so I have to calm the two of them down), Sunny often sits by herself out of choice, but she also plays with the other two birds.

Eventually, when one of the three dies, we won't replace her and just stay with two birds, which, like FaeryBee says, is optimal. Now that my husband is retired, it's likely that we may eventually go back to one bird.
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