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Old 10-01-2018, 05:16 PM
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Recently, my one of my budgies have passed away. I haven't seen any health or activity changes in my other bird, Choco. I still don't know if he understands what happened. Here are some of the questions I have:

1) If Choco didn't know and finds out, will he act any different? If so, should I be concerned?

2) They only knew each other for a year and a half, should I get a new partner?

3) Since he may be lonely, should I spend time with him or leave him alone for a while.

Choco is also a quite timid bird, so this concerns me. Thanks for reading!

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Old 10-01-2018, 08:52 PM
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Since Choco hasn't changed his activity there is really nothing for you to be concerned about.
The best thing for you to do is spend time with Choco.
I would not rush out and get another budgie.
Take the time to allow Choco to get used to being a solo bird. Many budgies are very happy as "only" birds as long as their owner spends time with them on a regular and consistent basis.
As Choco is very timid, you definitely want to consider the fact that if you do get another budgie in the future, you may well have to house it separately on a permanent basis if it bullies Choco.

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
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4. Where do you plan to get the new bird?

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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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Old 10-02-2018, 06:01 PM
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Thanks so much for the reply. This will help Choco very much. We started spending more time with him, so I hope that he will start to bond with us even more!
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The more time you spend with Koko the more he will bond with you.
Be sure to go slowly and work only at his pace.
Enjoy the journey!
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Good advice above. Great to hear that Choco is doing well on his own with you. Birds are very resilient creatures. They don’t seem to stay down for long .
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