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Old 01-20-2015, 03:48 PM
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Petey is doing so well! Although we've only had him for 9 days, he's doing really well. He has no problems with our hands in his cage. He seems to LOVE to eat millet and seeds out of my daughters hands, and even will step up onto her hand to eat!

She wants another one.

She feels like Petey is "lonely" anytime we leave the house. And so many videos that she's seen online show two cute budgies grooming each other and keeping each other company!

Sooooo, if we get another one from the same place we got Petey, does it need to be quarantined? Also, should it be a boy or a girl budgie (Petey is a boy)? And finally, is getting another one a good idea? Will she still be able to tame two of them, and will they indeed keep each other company?

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Old 01-20-2015, 04:08 PM
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The problem is not only the quarantine, but if you put the new one in the cage right away with Petey you could possibly loose the progress you and your daughter have started with him. Once he has another bird to play and hang out with, he might not be so interested in making friends with you guys. This is a chance you will be taking if you put them in the same cage right away. If you didn't want to take a chance of losing the trust then you'd have to get another cage and work with both birds separately until they are both tame. Most people eventually want to get another budgie to keep the other company, etc. This is were quarantine comes in handy. It's not only better for your existing bird to not potentially catch anything from the new bird, but it also is a way to work with both birds separately and have them somewhat tame before putting them together.

I just bought a budgie over the weekend and I will probably eventually want to get her a friend. It is cute having them have a playmate of their own kind, but I will wait awhile till she is comfortable with me. Petey sounds very sweet to be so comfortable with your daughter in such a short time.
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:42 PM
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Budgies are flock animals, and Petey would be probably a lot happier with a friend than alone. I do agree with Gabriella - you will probably lose some of the taming progress with him as he is very likely to focus his attention on his new friend.
However, personally, I would not want to keep a single bird. I feel that the benefits of having more than one outweigh the drawbacks. It is so much better for their mental health to have a friend of their own kind or, in my case, another feathery (compatible) species (my budgie loves to hang out with my cockatiels)
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Budgies are flock animals, and Petey would be probably a lot happier with a friend than alone. I do agree with Gabriella - you will probably lose some of the taming progress with him as he is very likely to focus his attention on his new friend.
However, personally, I would not want to keep a single bird. I feel that the benefits of having more than one outweigh the drawbacks. It is so much better for their mental health to have a friend of their own kind or, in my case, another feathery (compatible) species (my budgie loves to hang out with my cockatiels)
I agree with Dee.

And this is a terrific cage for two budgies: https://www.petco.com/product/114152/...ight-Cage.aspx.
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This is a subject of great debate among many; but the fact is simple that budgies are flock birds.

Many, many people home single budgies and they create the best of friends in them; similarly to what your daughter is experiencing. And while it is a lot more work to train to budgies to the same level, it CAN be done. But the suggestions above will definitely play an important role in this; if you house them separately and give them social time together etc.

On a completely personal note; I DID adopt a budgie because I wanted that one-on-one companion, and similar to your daughter I feared he was lonely and got him a friend. He now seems a lot happier with his new friend, but I've definitely been pushed to the way side.

Also be prepared for a lot more noise with two. I would definitely suggest getting him a male friend. I got my male a female friend and he is SO NOISY trying to impress her. It's nice to hear and see them behave as birds should; but quite distracting when they're in my bedroom! Lol.

Hope this personal experience helps your decision a bit!! Short of it is; they do enjoy company; however humans can fill the void as much as another bird can with enough affection love and care
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Wow -- lots of questions and no "easy" answers.

If it is important to you and/or your daughter to have a "tame" budgie that is well-bonded to you, then you would be better off not to get another. Once you have two budgies, the dynamics and interactions will change.

The bottom line is that it is more difficult to tame two budgies than it will be to tame one. Budgies are flock animals and it is in their nature to gravitate to members of their own species rather than toward human interaction if there is another budgie present.

I would strongly suggest you refrain from getting another at this point in time. Take a few months to really get to know Petey and bond with him. Many budgies are very happy being the solo bird as long as they receive lots of attention from and interaction with their human flock.

If in a few months you/your daughter believe that Petey will be happier with a friend, then you can get another at that point in time.
I'd personally get a male if it were me. Then you don't need to be concerned about discouraging breeding behavior and/or separating the male/female pair when they come into condition.

If you and your daughter will be content to allow the two budgies to "be birds" and have some interaction with you, then you will enjoy watching the two play and enjoy one another's company. It really comes down to what sort of interaction and experience you are looking for. I see absolutely no problem whatsoever in having a single budgie and for many people it is a very rewarding experience.
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