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Old 04-20-2015, 11:22 PM
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I don't have any birds yet, but I'm hoping to get a budgie next year. I live in a college dorm (I will have official permission to have the bird), and I have a few questions about both that and the need to travel home for breaks. I'll just do some bullet points:
- Most days of the week I'll be out of the room for a minimum of five hours once a day, but potentially longer, and probably a few more short times that I'm out of the room each day (one day a week it may be as many as seven hours or more at a time, but I can likely find a way to go back to the room for a few minutes at some points). Aside from that, I plan to be in my room most of the rest of the time and when I'm in the room I plan to leave the cage open and give it social time and free run of the (bird safe) room (while keeping an eye on it). Is this too much time to be away/enough social time to have just one bird? I'd really rather not have multiple because it's important to me that there's the best chance of it strongly bonding with me, among other things.
- I live a 1.5 hour drive away from my school. Would the bird be okay with driving so far? It would not be a frequent trip, just back and forth a few times for Thanksgiving, Winter Break, etc. (if I can find a sitter I'd leave it in the area when possible instead of making it travel)
- At home I have three dogs who bark a ton of the time (as well as a cat and a guinea pig). The dogs and cat will not be allowed in the room where the budgie would be while home, but I'm wondering if the noise would be bad/too stressful for the bird?
- If I were to tame the bird and have a strong bond with it, and if I were to leave it at school for Winter Break (which I would only do if driving is bad for it) -- say, a month and a half -- would it be okay with being separate so long? I just don't know how attached it gets, if it would be bad for me to be gone for such an extended period of time.

If you can answer any of these questions, even if not all of them, I would really really appreciate it!! Thank you!!! If any of these thsings don't work out I really just want what's best for the bird's well-being so I can just...not get one if it's not gonna be happy and healthy, but I just need to know!

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Old 04-21-2015, 12:14 AM
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Hi there
I'm glad your college would approve a small bird, that's lovely

First off, I'm in school for 7-8 hours every day, and I don't see my darling girl during that time. She stays up late with me doing homework until 10, and during that time, she flies around and preens me, plays, etc. During the day, she's learned to sleep in, take naps and she has plenty of toys, as well as occasional company from other family members throughout the day. I think 5 hours for keeping a single budgie is fine! Especially if you give her a spacious cage and tons of toys, I think she should do quite well

Second, as long as you are able to accommodate her in your car for the hour drive, it should be fine for her. Budgies are sensitive to temperature, so make sure your car has a working heater and air conditioning, as well as a space to put the carrier in so she doesn't bump around while you're driving. As for carriers, there are tons of good ones out there you should invest in to make sure the journey is as comfortable as possible. For an hour, budgies need to have food and water. A budgie water bottle is good for this as it doesn't slosh around in the car but still offers a good source of hydration. Don't put noisy or hard toys in the carrier, as they will bump around and make noise to scare her, instead, a soft chew toy made of straw or wicker is quite effective. If your budgie tends to be flighty, maybe a light cloth or towel would be best to cover her during the ride, but personally, my budgie loves looking around at the scenery.

I don't quite know about dogs since I haven't had experience with them, but as long as they aren't making the budgie stressed (i.e, in the same room, which you said they wouldn't be) then I don't think the noise will bother her once she sees it won't hurt her.
The first time or two, she may be scared of them, and the car ride, and the new environment, but if you two end up going together a few times a year, in time she'll learn what to expect and the initial fear should whittle down a bit.

Even if you share a bond with a bird, you should try not to leave it for long unless absolutely necessary. (like, if you have to be in the hospital or something). Although I have no doubt you would ensure a proper caretaker for her, bonded or not, the bird will begin to feel a bit abandoned, I would think, especially if you have a stronger bond.
Personally, this is my opinion, so if you feel in any circumstance this is the best option and the bird will be taken care of, then by all means, go ahead It's only that thinking about my little girl, just leaving her for a week and a half was hard enough, I can't imagine a whole month without her! And besides, then I get back and she sulks at me.
From what you're saying it sounds like you would be a very devoted bird momma, please let us know what you choose!
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Hi!
first, please be aware that even a single budgie will not necessarily bond with you. They are very individual little personalities, and some just don't lean that way. On the other hand, a budgie that is cut out to be tame is going to be tame if you spend time with him/her, whether you have more than one bird or not.
I have six at the moment, one of which (not hand-raised) prefers my company to that of the other birds, another one is currently cuddling up against the side of my neck. One of the remaining four will barely even tolerate me in the room without going frantic, the others are at various stages of tame to hand-tame in between. If you are willing to put the time and effort into taming a budgie and it doesn't end up as tame as you would like it, it's not going to be because it's not a single bird.

I had budgies all the way through university, and I'd ask you to consider that there will be times when you need to spend more than the usual time on studying, homework, etc. They're wonderful birds, but my personal opinion is that it's not fair to them to keep them single. If you've ever seen two budgies play and cuddle together, you'll know what I mean – Even if you have 24 hours a day for the bird, you'll never speak fluent budgie, you'll never have a beak for the same quality of mutual preening, etc.

As for the car, your bird will probably find the first drives somewhat stressful because they are something new and unknown. They can get used to them, though. Something I did when I was driving with birds between two places on a somewhat regular basis was that I had some special favourite toys on either location that they didn't have at the other, something we took along so they would have something they knew that was always theirs, and a special treat for them every time we arrived at either end, so eventually "we're going into the car" became the prelude to "we're going to get special treat". My drive was 3.5 – 4.5 hours, depending on weather.

Noise is something they get used to. Again, it will be more stressful in the beginning, but if the noise just keeps going without doing anything (and without them being able to equate it to a predator like a cat) they will place it as background noise that's just there at some point. You may, however, end up having barking budgies at some point if you happen to pick a bird that likes to imitate sounds. (I can assure you that a barking budgie is far less noisy than a barking full-sized parrot, though ;-) )
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Looking at your situation, I honestly think that if you can't keep two budgies, you should probably reconsider having a bird. You will be gone for so long during the day, and then there will be evenings out with friends, extra study time and so on. The bird will be alone a lot.
Two, even though they may not be so bonded to you, would be good company to each other. It's what's best for them.
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Thank you all so much for replying. First person alleviated all my concerns and got me super excited, so thank you -- although the others, the reality, that I do need more than one bird.... may not get one at all. I just don't feel good about my ability to successfully and happily take one two individual responsibilities/personalities right now.
I know this is a budgie forum, but the general-bird forum I signed up for never sent me a confirmation email so I've got nowhere else to go. If anyone knows of a different kind of bird that would be okay living in a small room, and would be okay being an individual bird, and tends to be a good companion/social bird.... let me know?

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Your problem there is going to be that a social bird is always going to come with the same problem - They'll want a companion, and preferably one of the same species. An animal that is fine being alone is probably not going to be as much of a "companion". I'm sorry about that, but it does tend to be a general problem.
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Perhaps I'll wait until I'm done with college so I feel like there's more space in my home and life for more birds. Thanks again for all your help.
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Looking at your situation, I honestly think that if you can't keep two budgies, you should probably reconsider having a bird. You will be gone for so long during the day, and then there will be evenings out with friends, extra study time and so on. The bird will be alone a lot.
Two, even though they may not be so bonded to you, would be good company to each other. It's what's best for them.
I agree with Dee because if you're planning to stay out for 5 hours and then be back the whole time, the bird will be fine, but in university, you will have to go out with friends or spend extra time in lectures.
The thing about college is that the schedule varies so much, its hard to control when you will or won't be there.
If you could, I hold to the fact that she would be fine, but taking to account the active and involved lifestyle in university, you should consider how the bird would take it.
I hope we all helped, and don't forget that whatever you choose, you have to figure out exactly how much time you will spend with your bird.
If now is simply not the best time for your schedule to accommodate, then it is probably best to wait.
Personally, I shared my experience with my own budgie because she has company during the day, and that is the longest I'm away from her. I don't go out in the afternoons, and we have a schedule we are comfortable with
I hope that you get your little friend whether now or in the future
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If you do decide to get a bird please give some consideration to vet bills and the availability of an avian vet wherever you are. If you are not in a position to pay for vet bills or in a location that you would be able to get to an avian vet should you need one, perhaps waiting until you are in a position to do so is the better decision.
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As a college student myself, I'll give you my thoughts.

I've lived in a dorm, and currently live in an apartment, which is where I have my budgie.
Would you have a roommate in your dorm? If yes, that wouldn't be bad since your budgie would have more attention. But if your roommate is loud (or you are) when your budgie is trying to sleep, you're going to have a very unhappy bird. Budgies need a LOT more sleep than college students get. Also if you have a roommate, you have to be careful having your cage door open. If your bird is out, it could easily get spooked or dash out the door when someone else comes in.

I'm a bit of an introvert, and planned that with class schedules I would have many hours to spend with my budgie. The reality is you get busy. It will depend on your major, how often you want to go out, etc, but I'm already planning on buying a second budgie. Knowing that my budgie is all alone for so long is sad, especially after you get to know your pet. You always want what's best for them.

On that note, I wouldn't be too worried about having a second budgie? Buy a large enough cage initially, and the responsibilities aren't really going to change much. They both need food and water, so whether you have one or two, the difference in care isn't going to add that much time. You will need to interact with them of course, but from my view, it wouldn't be too much harder to have two than one.

I live about 2.5 hours from my school, and my budgie has handled the drive well. Make sure in the winter, you wrap up the cage with many blankets as you get it to your vehicle. A drastic shock in temp change could be incredibly harmful.

I also wouldn't leave my budgie at school for a winter break. I have an aquarium, and even finding someone to take care of that makes me nervous. A more emotionally-needy animal like a budgie wouldn't do well for a long time with minimal attention, in my opinion.

I would say, start college, and see how much time you really have. Get a feel for it, and then make your decisions based on that.
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