01-20-2015, 08:01 PM
Oh, my, you opened up my favorite topic
I have two gerbils right now, and I used to have five!! They are so much fun-you're gonna love them
Ok, I don't know how budgies usually do around gerbils, but I can tell you that my cockatiels are just fine with them. I take Creampuff and Fudge (my two gerbil boys) out of the cage every day for about thirty minutes or so. I usually spread a blanket on the couch and give them some boxes and things to do. They love running around and eating treats. My cockatiels (who are free to fly around the house all day) do not bother them. Tony (my male tiel) is always curious about them and will perch on their bin and watch them play. One time he landed on the couch because he saw them eating, and Fudge came to him a little too close so Tony got spooked and flew off.
Now, I would not encourage your budgie to mingle with the gerbils. The gerbils can bite his toes. However, you can always supervise them while they are all out. Your gerbils will live in their tank or bin anyway, so all should be well.
I don't know of a disease that could be spread from one species to another. My gerbils have been pretty healthy though. You just have to make sure you clean them regularly and check for any kind of illness signs, just like with any other pets.
Oh, and whoever told you that gerbils aren't aggressive - that is not always true.
Gerbils sometimes de-clan. For example, if you get three gerbils as babies, they may live in harmony for a while, but perhaps in a year or two when they mature, they may start having territorial problems. This happened to my three girls - three sisters. After two years, two of them started fighting, and I mean jumping at each other's throats. I had to separate them into different bins.
So, even though gerbils can be very gentle and friendly towards their human, be aware that they can also display aggressiveness towards each other or other animals. I would definitely not let the budgie play with them, just as a precaution.
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