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Old 01-20-2015, 11:29 AM
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Default Adding a 3rd parakeet in with my 2 parakeets that have bonded

I have three parakeets two I got at the same time and have always been in the same cage. I got a third one a year later. They are all males my third one will be a year old in May. I put his cage next to the cage my other two share. They have been next to each other nearly two weeks. My other two seem interested in my third parakeet. They will sometimes sit near the cage and fly to the edge of the cage and hang onto the cage to be near my third bird. My other two have a huge flight cage at least 6 birds could live in it with lots of room to fly and not be crowded so space isn't a problem. How should I go about putting my third bird in with the other two. My sister says I should put my new one in the cage for a short amount of time and watch the other two while he's in there to make sure they don't attack and if they do attack him I can take him out. Is that the right way to do it? Since my birds have flight feathers I don't let them out of the cage since they can fly in it. I would never be able to catch them if I let them out of the cage.

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Can you move them to a smaller room that you can bird proof, and closer to their bedtime let them out to mingle? That way they are in a neutral space, and will go back to their cage for bedtime soon afterwards and you won't have to chase them about.
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If you choose to try allowing the third budgie to simply go into the flight cage rather than introducing them in neutral territory, make sure you completely rearrange the cage first -- move ALL of the toys, perches, swings, etc. to different locations and ensure you have multiple food and water dishes. This will help prevent the two current budgies from being overly protective of their "territory" when the newcomer enters. Definitely make sure you are there to supervise so there are no fights or bullying.

I like Moira's suggestion and think you might consider
putting put the flight cage in the bathroom and cover the mirrors with towels. Remove the food and water dishes from the cage and allow all the birds to come out in the neutral territory.
When they get hungry/thirsty they will return to the cage(s) and you can shut the door(s) and give them their food and water.

This will allow you to see how they all get along together prior to moving the third budgie in with the other two.
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