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Old 05-17-2015, 02:44 PM
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Hello, nice to be here. I'm afraid I couldn't find a 100% relevant section to post this. I lost my 7 year old resident hen today and now have a bereaved 3 year old cock. I lost his best friend, another cock the same age, 3 months ago. Once the mourning process is over, I want to resume my policy of keeping 2 or 3 birds.

The last set up worked very well, 2 cocks and one hen, the two cocks arrived together quite young and were almost like brothers - there was no fighting. Both were accepted by Lucy, the then resident hen, now deceased.

Now I know that 2 hens together can be problematic. But I wondered if there was any opinion on introducing 2 baby hens together to a 3 year old resident cock. It seemed to work the other way round. I would rather keep 3 than 2 (I have a massive cage) as it tended to work that if one was resting the other two kept eachother occupied.

Would very much appreciate any thoughts on this.

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Welcome to talk budgies Simon. Sorry about your recent losses. I have two Hen's that get along great and preen each other, spend most of their time together. They have been that way since they were brought home together at a very young age. I think wha tyou are proposing though could be problematic when the hen's mature, and there is only one male available. I also have two males with my hen's, and each hen has her own cock she is somewhat bonded to also. I know you have experienced success with three working out together but usually one bird get's left out. I think you'd be better off going with two or four. Let us know what you do, we love pic's, especially of people's new bird's...
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Hello Randy, thanks for the welcome and the reply. Do you not think that introducing 3 new birds might overwhelm the incumbent cock? When I had the 3 running smoothly, I tried introducing a 4th member (cock) 2 years ago and the harmony of the cage went to pieces. After 6 months of hell I finally had to rehome the newcomer! However, I grant you that was a 3 to 1 ratio and the new boy quickly became a bully and dominated the community. Do you think my young man (name of Benedict) could accept another boy with 2 hens or at least not be overrun? I know that introducing a new hen to a resident hen's cage will most likely result in violence, but is the same true of cocks? Probably a subjective one, that!

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I really think you should keep things simple and give your remaining male either a male or a female. Two seems like a good number. Anything else may result in more headache than good. Unless you are ready to get three more and have a total of four.
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Thank you Dee. I am starting wonder if I was just lucky with my three!
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I think I would get your incumbent a friend like Dee mentioned, and maybe after awhile, add a pair of new bird's if you want more than two. I think having lost his feathered friend's he might readily accept a new friend even if it is another male. I will tell you, I love having two of each, and I think my bird's really enjoy it too...
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When and if you do decide to get more, remember to keep them separate for 4-6 weeks. Don't want the one you got now getting Sicky :-)
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Yes quite - thank you for that.

I am thinking that Benedict (that's him in the avatar) needs some grieving time first, luckily I am on holiday this week and can spend time with him.

How does this sound for a plan? When he is ready I could introduce a new cock for him to bond with. Then after a few months, introduce 2 young hens for a full contingent. I much prefer a mix of genders.

I have a lot of experience with just two birds, where I have found this falls down is when you lose one and the survivor is devastated. The "3" strategy was to provide continuity if that happened, and that did work whether more by luck than design. Just unfortunate I got a double whammy within 3 months.

I will be happy with 4 birds for a balanced small community - a lot more mess but it's a labour of love! I have kept budgies for more than 40 years and could not imagine life without them!

Thank you for all your comments and advice - I will keep you posted as events unfold. Once I figure out how to, I will post some pics!
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