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Old 03-06-2015, 11:02 AM
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I belong to a FB page that seems to push having more than one budgie.

I'm hoping I can get some real feedback here.

I have one budgie, Oliver. He is young, born the beginning of January. He is currently running around the dining room. I have had him for almost a month now. He is beginning to look for me, let me pet him, he has started to preen my eyelashes and eyebrows. To me I would take that as he is beginning to bond with me. He seems very happy. (Unless I am pushing sprouts on him)

However I still keep hearing you need to get another one!

So, here are my questions?

How do I know, for sure that Oliver is happy as a single bird?
He will no longer bond to me if I have another one, right?
Can two birds live in the same cage and still be tame enough to handle/pet?
Will someone list pros/cons to have both a single budgie and a pair?
IF I add a second bird should it be a male or female, and why?

I know this is a TON of stuff. Any experienced help would be much appreciated!

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Old 03-06-2015, 11:29 AM
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Hi!!!!

Well, It sounds like your budgie is already bonding to you, which is great. I don't think you need another because at the moment it sounds like he has added you to his flock. In a way, you are his second budgie.

He will bond with you, just less, if you have another one.

Yes, they can. Only problem is a budgie can get really territorial and go as far as killing the other for it's territory.

Okey dokey lokey.
Pros.
  1. Makes it easier to tame having one
  2. Will think of you as part of a flock
  3. Cheaper
  4. Bird will not go all territorial on other
  5. Two will make you happier. It's twice the joy!

Cons
  1. Budgie may get depressed if not bonding daily
  2. If you have two, they might bond with each other rather than with you
  3. Makes the taming process waaay longer with two

Well, it's been known that some birds will attack the same gender. But also known they will attack the other too. If your interested in breeding, get the opposite gender, if not, don't. Both genders give you happiness.

Well, I hope you don't think I want you to get one, but I just couldn't think of any cons. I sure hope I was of help.

Keep posting!

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Old 03-06-2015, 11:44 AM
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Thank you so much for your honesty, SingFriendSing!

I really only want one budgie. I just needed to make sure that what I wanted was OK for my little Oliver too, because in the end that's what is most important!

Through the week Oliver is out and about 4 to 5 hours each day. Some of that is sitting and talking with me and some with him out and about being a silly bird. On the weekends he is out probably closer to 8 or 9 hours a day.
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Personally I don't think you [I]need[I] another Budgie.

He sounds like he's happy with you and starting to bond closely with you. If you get another one likely that bond will be broken and he will only want to play with the other budgie, or not. Sometimes 2 budgies might not get along as well as they could.

You could have 2 tame ones, but it would take a lot of work on your part and you would probably have to separate them for training sessions or they will distract eachother (just like kids)

As to how to tell if your budgie is happy, well that can be measured by singing, playing and just interacting with their environment (although since you've only had him a month he still may be getting use to things).

The other thing is that some budgies don't get on with other birds. For example I, personally, think that my little fellow will have to remain a single bird. He use to get into some heated scuffles with his siblings over food and human attention (he wants all of it all the time, all for him!) he even bites me when I change his food and howls bloody murder at me when I do it so I often wonder if he ever lived with another bird in the same cage if he wouldn't start a fight about it. So taking your birds personality into account too is a good idea.

Personally, I would hold off getting another budgie for a few months and let you two get properly acquainted and then revisit the issue when you have a better idea of his needs and what YOU can reasonably handle. A happy well cared for single budgie is better than a pair that overwhelm you emotionally and financially.
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How do I know, for sure that Oliver is happy as a single bird?
If he's eating, drinking, singing, and is active, he's a happy bird

He will no longer bond to me if I have another one, right?
Not necessarily, but there is a chance he would prefer the new budgies company over yours.

Can two birds live in the same cage and still be tame enough to handle/pet?
Yes. As long as they are compatible temperament-wise. You will need a second cage for quarantine and as a backup if they don't get along though.

Will someone list pros/cons to have both a single budgie and a pair?
Single Budgie Pros: bond with you, easier to keep/feed, etc. Con: have to make sure to spend enough time with him.
Pair Pros: They have each other to play/bond with, more to love, etc. Cons: Takes more time to train/bond/care for them.

IF I add a second bird should it be a male or female, and why?
Honestly, boy/boy and boy/girl pairs tend to work out the best. Females tend to be the bossy/territorial ones. If you want a boy/girl pair and don't want to breed, just read up on the stickies on how to prevent them from laying/breeding/nesting.

Hope that helps...I'm terrible with pro/con lists
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Old 03-06-2015, 01:16 PM
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Thank you so much for your honesty, SingFriendSing!

I really only want one budgie. I just needed to make sure that what I wanted was OK for my little Oliver too, because in the end that's what is most important!

Through the week Oliver is out and about 4 to 5 hours each day. Some of that is sitting and talking with me and some with him out and about being a silly bird. On the weekends he is out probably closer to 8 or 9 hours a day.
Don't worry about it, and you can call me by my name, Luna!

Four to five hours of playtime is a great amount of time, and eight or nine is outstanding! You sound like a great owner, and to him, a good friend. It doesn't matter if you only want Oliver because he's already bonding to you, thus, he already has a flock.

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I agree with everything that was said! Mallorn is a single bird, and she knows I'm her flock. I sit with her all the time, her cage door is open for most of the day, and she chirps, sings, ect. like any other happy bird! If Oliver seems cheerful and has started to bond with you, I would hold off on another budgie. If you decide later, after he knows you're part of his flock too, it might be okay.
Hope this helps, good luck with Oliver!
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I agree with the comments above. Sammy is a lone budgie and loves interacting with me, my husband and Watson (our dog, although they can only interact through the cage bars). He's out for 30 minutes in the morning, an hour during the day with my husband, and an hour with me in the evening; more on the weekends! And he can always see us and talk to us.

We have a great bond with Sammy, and he plays with us when he's feeling like it, so I don't feel that he needs another mate. Would he probably like it more than us? Yes. But we like being his flock and he's been used to that from the tender age of 7 weeks.
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Old 03-07-2015, 12:59 PM
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I just want to take a minute and thank everyone for taking the time to give me honest, informative answers!

I feel much better about keeping Oliver as a single bird!

I just needed to make sure that I was making the right choice. I want to make sure that Oliver stays a happy bird!
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A lot of single budgies are miserable. They are supposed to be in a pack of hundreds of other budgies, so being kept completely alone can be horrible. Most people are gone all day working, some days you don't have time to hang with the bird, and there will always be vacations where you can't bring the budgie with you. You can't be in his cage 24/7, which is what he needs. He needs to always have company.

Melvin ate from the hand within an hour when we adopted him at 6 weeks of age, and he quickly bonded with us. He was extremely tame, and we were his buddies. Then we adopted a new addition to the flock, whom we also tamed. Shortly after, a third, old, untamed, scared budgie who didn't really belong to me, lived with us for a while. You know what? I am as close to Melvin now as I was when he was alone, if not closer. He is as tame as he was alone, and everyday I walk up to the cage, he jumps right to the bars and greets me. When I open the cage, he runs out and sits happily on my arm, not at all interested in doing anything else, despite him loving his budgie partner to death. Ludvig does the same thing. The only difference is that he's happier. Keep that in mind: bringing one more budgie into the flock does not mean he will love you less, it will only make him happier. There will be more poop, more expenses etc, but also more joy and happiness. More importantly, he'll never be lonely.
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