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Old 03-28-2015, 05:17 AM
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Hi there and almost a week on and I am struggling to know what to do for the best for Sunny Jim.

He remains active, eating well and chirping but as soon as I go anywhere near his cage he retreats as far away as possible. This is not new - he has always been very scared of people and as he had Jasper for company I have not persevered with trying to tame him.

I work part - time school hours which means I am out of the house for approximately 7 hours every day apart from school holidays. Is he going to be lonely with this amount of time on his own? I thought about leaving the radio on for him, getting him some more mirrors or there are other opitons I have thought about and would welcome your suggestions.

Another option is to see if my mum and dad would have him. My mum loves them (him) but she is elderly and I am not sure she would want the full-time responsibility for him - she has always looked after them if we have been away, but she is worried that she wouldn't be able to take him to the vets if he falls ill. They are only half an hours drive away so I don't see that as too much of a problem.

Should I try and get him a new friend? I have looked but I can't find any breeders locally. There is a 6 month old male budgie looking for a new home about half an hour away, so that it a possibility. Would a male or female be better.

Should I try and rehome him, perhaps to someone who has an aviary flock. I don't know anyone personally - but I could look into it.

I could contact his breeder and ask her what she thinks would be the best for him.

Can you think of any other options that might work?

Unfortunately I don't think I have enough time whilst I am working, to
devote to overcoming his natural fear. But I do want the best outcome for him.

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Taken in account the circumstances and your Sunny Jim's personality, the best option would be to get him a friend. The 6 month old budgie boy would be perfect for him.
Leaving the radio on while you are out is also good for Sunny Jim and it could help him be more chirpy.
When it comes to mirrors for pet birds, I am strongly against their permanent use in a cage. Especially when it comes to single pet birds, they may develop an obsession towards them and their behaviour could drastically change for the worse.
If you do decide on getting Sunny Jim a friend, be sure to quarantine the new fellow in a different cage and different room for a period of about 1 month.

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I'd lean strongly towards getting him a friend. Unless you want to breed, which based on your description of your situation I suspect you don't, I'd recommend a male. The 6 month old boy sounds like a great option, as aluz said!
Also as aluz said, I would also agree with radio yes, mirror no. Apart from being potentially frustrating because no matter the effort put into it, that other bird is never up to any mutual preening or *anything*, really, it promotes habits that may become a problem.
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Personally, I would opt for getting Sunny Jim a male budgie friend and the 6 month old male budgie sounds like a great option.

By getting a male you won't have to worry about discouraging egg laying. (I have all males for that very reason and I'm home all day!)

I agree with Ana -- if Sunny Jim has a buddy to play with and you have a nice large flight cage for the two with lots of toys and music when you are at work, that would be an ideal solution for your little fellow.
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I agree, I'm sure Sunny Jim would appreciate a new buddy very much and it may help him get over his loss a little more. Please keep us updated, and I hope everything goes well!
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I think Sunny Jim would love a male friend! Seems that male budgies get along with each other easily and it would be good for him. Best of luck to you and Sunny Jim.
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Thank you - I am off to see Kiwi tomorrow and hopefully they will eventually love each other. I will keep you posted and no doubt be back for advice as to how to introduce them to each other and share Sunny Jim's cage.

I will keep them apart for at least a month and then have both cages in the same room and see how it goes. Feeling hopeful.
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That is great, Sue!
We'll be looking forward to seeing Kiwi when you have him home and all settled in.
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Thank you - I am off to see Kiwi tomorrow and hopefully they will eventually love each other. I will keep you posted and no doubt be back for advice as to how to introduce them to each other and share Sunny Jim's cage.

I will keep them apart for at least a month and then have both cages in the same room and see how it goes. Feeling hopeful.
Sounds like a great plan to me, we're all rooting for you to get Kiwi!!
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