Recently I have left my budgie with my friend and his two green-cheek conures. My budgie was really having an amazing time playing the the two conures and I really would consider getting my budgie Ralph a friend. I used to have another budgie housed with Ralph but sadly he passed away a couple months ago when Ralph was a baby. They didn't seem to play that much but I suppose it all depends on the budgie... Should I get Ralph a new budgie friend or should I get a different species of bird (example: conure Also if you agree a different species what type?) Or should I just leave it and keep him a lone bird. I would love to hear everyone's suggestions and advice.
I don't know if you are able to spend a decent amount of quality of time with your budgie in terms of strengthening the bond you have with him or not.
If you feel that despite your efforts in trying to keep your Ralf happy as a solo bird that he is still somewhat sad over the loss of his friend, then do get him a new same species friend.
Since he is a boy, it doesn't matter which gender you will pick. If you don't want to deal with the eventuality of possible eggs, then a male friend will suit Ralf well.
Getting a different species of bird is really not advisable, because the chances are high that they may not get along well. A conure, for example, is a larger bird that is able to do a lot of damage to a budgie during a fight.
And even when pet birds of different species are interacting together and getting along well, there should always be very close supervision involved.
Good luck with your decision.
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A lone budgie needs a lot of interaction with his owner to be happy and content. If you have to be away from home most days then I would certainly get another budgie friend to keep Ralph company. I do not have any experience having other species together so I will not comment on that area.
Budgies are social birds who live in a flock in the wild and the same applies in the captivity. They are very socially active birds and need a companion especially if the owner's nature of job doesn't permit him to spend a considerable amount of time with his bird. So, it's wise to get a new bird of the same gender, if it's a male. Two males will get along fine and won't quarrel among themselves. But if you want to breed your birds, then you should buy a female of approximately same age as that of your bird. Hope this helps.
Lone birds can be stressed easily and they might not be much active. Please buy the next bird a budgie...two different species might not get along fine. For instance, a budgie and a cockatiel can easily get along but a lovebird can harm your budgie severely if they are kept in the same cage.
I'd give him a partner (either sex should work if he's a male, and in my experience even hens get along okay as long as there's no boy in the way). They're such social animals and it's (in my opinion) one of the best things ever to watch them interact. Also, no matter how much quality time you spend with your bird, there are just some things in which you can never repalce another bird. You don't have a beak for preening, you to name just one.
I keep my larger parrots away from the budgies except under close supervision because even if they don't do it on purpose, the larger beaks and claws can do a lot of damage by accident as well. Also, I'm sure it's that much nicer for the bird to have someone they can "talk to in their own language".
If you're concerned about your Ralph being less tame if he has a second bird, my experience is that bird company only ruins "tameness" when it was mostly born of desperation for company and interaction (which again, I think is a pretty sad thing). Otherwise, I find that the birds that get tame get tame whether they have company or not - and the ones whose characters just aren't cut out to be a hand-tame pet, well, that's how they are. I think that's just something I need to respect.
In my flock, I require all birds to allow themselves to be handled when necessary without biting (which obviously requires that I work with them so that they also won't panic), and beyond that I go with a per-bird approach. Among my six, I have two that really enjoy human company, with one spending most of his days in the office with me instead of with the other birds and the other demanding head scratches and play time every time I enter their room, one that disappears into hiding the moment she notices a person is approaching, and the other three somewhere in between that on variations of a more "normal" level of tameness.
When you buy a new bird, also remember to keep them apart initially. It's usually a good idea to keep a newcomer in quarantine at first to make sure everything's alright (apart, not in a separate cage next to the first cage - that come when you start introducing them to each other!)