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Old 03-17-2015, 11:59 PM
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My budgie seems so lonely, and I've been trying my best to socalize with him, now ive had him for a week and a few days (I know its early) But maybe after 2-3 months or so, if he is still feeling lonely and closed up to me do you guys think i should get a 2nd bird for him to play with? Now ofcourse I'd probably have to get a new cage... unless this same cage works for two?: Which I doubt, but what do you guys think?

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Old 03-18-2015, 12:09 AM
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It depends, how much time are you able to spend with your bird on a daily basis? How much time is he able to spend out of the cage on a daily basis? Also, no matter how close your bond with your budgie is, he will most likely prefer spending time with the other budgie once they get to know one another but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. If he's not tame by the time you get another one, taming two is more than twice as hard and I learned the hard way that if you then get a third, unless you're super dedicated to taming, you can throw that idea out the window. So I enjoy my untamed but funny and lovely budgies as they are and get my lovies from my 'tiel which works for all involved.

If you want a super tame budgie that talks and does tricks and stuff, then getting another budgie is probably a bad idea (and obviously you'd need to devote a large amount of time with your bird to make this happen).

So if you enjoy budgies just as they are and to watch their antics and if you work or are in school and aren't able to give them lots of attention, I personally think a buddy is a great idea. They may not like each other at first, but they will still prefer to be with one another than not, even if all they do is squabble. They're funny and weird and just get funnier and weirder when you had one or two more. I'm glad I ended up with three, they crack me up every single day.
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Oh and the cage, yeah, I have the medium size version of that cage, and it's the one that's twice as tall as well. I would think that cage would be a bit too small for two budgies, especially if they're going to be spending a large amount of time in it. I feel like mine is too small for the three of them to spend tons of time in but they get out of cage time every day I don't work, so I'm OK with it and they're happy.
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I had Russell for three months before I got Oliver. Russell was easy to hand and shoulder tame, but petting is still a no. I can kiss his back. Oliver can be kissed on his head or back. Oliver can be petted a little bit. They do enjoy each other's company for sure. And they can both fit on my shoulder. They each take turns preening me sometimes when they are on my shoykder. Watching them have Budgie conversations where they are face to face chirping and warbling is hilarious. Also, since Russell will try any new food, he was a good influence on Oliver to eat the healthy stuff I give them. If you keep working with your pretty baby and make progress, you could still get a friend for when you're gone or busy.
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My Oliver has been an only budgie since I got him three and a half years ago. At times I consider getting another budgie, but he seems to enjoy himself with just me and his doggy sister, Maia, for company. When I first got him I worked 8 hours a day but he still bonded with me, had out of cage time and learned how to talk. Now I work from home and he has about two to three hours out during the day, so he seems pretty content. Like everybody has said, it really depends on your individual situation but even when I was working he always seemed happy.
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You have been given some excellent advice, it is always hard gaining trust and starting the bonding process. All budgies are different and no two will react the same to your approach and friendship.
Some birds come around quite quickly others take longer.
You would definitely need a bigger cage if you chose to get another budgie, also what sex is your budgie?
Hens together can get along so long as they have enough space and free flight time.
I would give it a week or so more and then perhaps review the situation.
When you are away from home leave a radio on silence is a sign of danger to budgies. Cover the cage on three sides as well this helps them feel more settled.
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I have the next size up of that cage for my two budgies. Your current cage is actually a bit small for one budgie, definitely too small for two. The next size up, the M01, is just below the minimum cage recommendations for two budgies, but my two budgies share it no problem. That said, the door to their cage is open 12 hours a day and when they are locked in it together, they do bicker. If you decide to get a second budgie, I would definitely invest in a bigger cage.
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Thank you everyone for the ideas/opinions And my Budgie, coco is a male.
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