Or does it matter? I have two male EBs and they get along well, but don't preen each other or anything. The younger one really wants the older one to be a closer friend, but the older one isn't interested. They don't argue and they share things fine, but my younger one would like a more affectionate companion, I think. They are only four months apart in age. I would get another male. I'm not interested in breeding. The older one grew up with my Parrotlet and prefers him. I cage the two Budgies together and they all have supervised outside playtime at different play areas in the house.
Hello, I have three budgies at present as I recently lost my lovely boy Haze. The three do get along but one is left out now. The other two have formed a close bond and preen each other and gang up on the third. I will get another bird soon for this reason.
Budgies live in pairs, so one will probably become the third wheel. However, I had three budgies for a while, and it worked out fine. It was one, super dominant, fat female and two boys. One of the boys was very tame, neither too dominant or too submissive. The other one was not tame, kinda skittish and very submissive. The female gave no love to the boys, who both wanted to be hers. Therefore, she never bonded more with one of them, and the boys never became a pair because they both wanted to get the female, who didn't favorize one over another. The skittish boy followed the tame boy around, the tame gave love to everyone and the female just sat there, as the queen she believed she was.
I don't count on this happening again though, because my current boys loves each other to death. If I were to adopt more birds, I'd either adopt two new budgie boys or one boy and one female, or get a whole different bird who is not too aggressive to budgies (even though it'll have a separate cage).
I agree with Cathy and Imaginary that with an odd number one usually ends up being the third wheel. However, if your older budgie isn't at all interested in the newer budgie and prefers to play with your parrotlet during out-of-cage time, he may not mind another male being added to the mix. Don't forget that if you get another budgie you'll need to quarantine the new bird for 4-6 weeks in a different cage in a different room of the house.
I HAD three budgies. I now own five, and they are the best of friends! I thought four was a good number for awhile, but five has seemed to give them more friends, and a better 'flocking' mentality. They will all fly around my room in a little pack together, sit together, eat together, and especially preen one another. I think budgies are great in pairs, but I've came to really like odd numbers with my flock!
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I have 3, one male, 2 females (a combo not encouraged on the forum, but it works for me)
The male (oldest, semi tame) does favor the older female a little (wild), but is also ok with the younger female.
The two females get along well.
The younger female is a little bid on the outside, but I am not going to add another bird just for that. No telling, I get another bird and knock the balance out of whack....I am leaving well enough alone!
Well, I have 5. 3 are female, and the other 2 are male. I have one female who doesn't get along well with anyone (especially at night). During the day, they are out of their cages and do fine together. At night, I keep the males in one cage, 2 females in another cage and the one aggressive female housed alone. It works... I wish the females could all bunk together, but it's a no go.