Back in October 2014 I became a budgie owner again, with Bill and Ben. who I estimate were about six weeks old at the time; still with the barred feather markings on their foreheads. One night for Christmas Day I left them alone in my flat for just the one night, while I went to Mum's and stayed overnight with her. I'd thoroughly cleaned the cage out on December 24th; the seed hopper was full, a piece of millet was attached to the bars of the cage and of course there was clean fresh water available. When I came back home on the evening of December 26th, Ben (the green budgie) was dead on the bottom of the cage - after having been in apparently perfect health only the day before, when I last saw him alive as he was stuffing his beak with seed.
Billy, the blue budgie, doesn't appear to have gone down with any sort of infection and as he's now completed his first moult he's a rather handsome little bird.
I would like to get a feathered friend for Billy, but is it safe to do so now? And what age/sex of budgie should I go for? Would a baby budgie with the barred forehead be best, or would a slightly older bird be OK?
I'm in no desperate hurry to get another budgie, but I just wanted people's advice as to when it's safe to get a second bird.
I would take Billy to the vet first. My first budgie harbored an infection she never quite beat until, after having her for seven months, she died out of the blue. Make sure he's not hiding an illness before considering another bird.
Once that's done I can't see any reason not to get Billy a friend! They do love the company (even if it makes them a bit more vocal!!) - It's hard to say how they'll get on - just like humans they have their own personalities! But you'll never know until you try!
Just remember if you do opt for a friend to quarantine the new addition so that you don't bring home any nasty hidden illnesses from the petshop/breeder
If you choose to get a new friend for Billy, you can feel free to get a budgie that is a bit older (e.g. has been through his first molt) should you prefer to do so.
Having a "wellness" check-up for little Billy at this point in time would be adviseable to ensure he is in optimum health now.
Please remember you should ALWAYS quarantine the new bird.
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room your current bird(s) is in for a period of 4-6 weeks.
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.
We'd love to see some pictures of little Billy if you have any you'd like to share.