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Having Greyjoy has been such an amzing experience for me so far.

I am trying to figure out where I want to go from here.

My husband and I have discussed plans for a large infor avery for me to keep a flock of parakeets. The demensions we are talking about are 6foot long, 3feet tall, 2feet deep. I would be able to keep all the budgies I want in something that size, but I know that my flock wouldn't be as tame as a single pet budgie.

Alternatly I would like to move Greyjoys cage out to the living room and get a second budgie to tame and bond with. Knowing that qurinteen should last about a month that would mean I would have Greyjoy for about two months by the time they were introduced. This appeals to me becuase I want to see how differnt my next budgies personality is from his.

What would you do?

Should I focus on building the aviary first (if you build it they will come)? Or should I get a second hand tame pet and build the avriery later?

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I would recommend building slow. I started with two hen's in their own cages, and added two boy's over the next year and all stayed in their own cages, and had out of cage time together. Several month's after the last one arrived I moved them into an F050 flight cage together, and have never had any problem's. Going a similar route would give you time to decide what your future look's like, and you may change what you want/need. My bird's are now in a 4 x 8 ft. room with an 8 ft. ceiling and after adding a tiel to the mix, I can honestly say that I wont grow my flock any larger than one or two more in the future...
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:59 PM
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Thanks! I am very goal oriented, so I am trying to flesh out what my goals are.

I think that I would like to attempt taming a second budgie a few weeks from now. I still have some huge transitions for Greyjoy, including moving him to a bigger cage in a more cenrtal area of the house.

No matter where I go from here my goal is to keep GJ as my companion/trick bird. It seems like taming a 2nd parakeet would fit that goal, since I would learn the most from that experience.

My husband is handy and I am crafty and we have a lot of raw materials around. So we will be building an indoor Aviary. Even if it just turns into a playground for GJ. I just don't know how much energy to spend on that project right now.
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If you prefer to have tamed budgies the flock mentality in aviary birds will not be the best for them. They will relate to each other more than to you. If you want tamed budgies then small groups of two would tame down best.
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If you prefer to have tamed budgies the flock mentality in aviary birds will not be the best for them. They will relate to each other more than to you. If you want tamed budgies then small groups of two would tame down best.
That makes a lot of sense. What's challenging for me is that I want both. I'd love a nice flock of beautiful healthy happy birds. I also want one or two tamed birds.
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You can have both.

You'll want to keep Greyjoy and the second budgie in a cage separated from your indoor aviary and preferably in a different room.

I personally think starting off slowly is the way to go.
I'd suggest continuing your training with GreyJoy, get the second bird in a few weeks and then in say 6 months decide if you are ready to build your aviary.
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You can have both.

You'll want to keep Greyjoy and the second budgie in a cage separated from your indoor aviary and preferably in a different room.

I personally think starting off slowly is the way to go.
I'd suggest continuing your training with GreyJoy, get the second bird in a few weeks and then in say 6 months decide if you are ready to build your aviary.
Yay! I am glad I asked, I have a much more clear idea about where to go from here.
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What Jonah and Deborah suggested, is what we are doing...taking it slow...even though I have had budgies in the past, there is so much to learn about them and this is a great place for help and advice...hoping to build our aviary within the next 12months...so, in the interim am enjoying the antics of Ygrette and Brienne...Like you I'd like the tame ones and a flock...Good Luck with your endeavour
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I would suggest slow things down, although I can understand the need and excitement you are feeling . Having one budgie is entirely different from having a flock.
There are the issues of breeding, when you buy your budgies make sure they come from different places and lines so they are not related. First Aid kit, and simple emergency procedures. Separate breeding cages, vermin proof storage area for food and nesting materials. It is quite complicated.
Also as budgies are flock orientated they will naturally want to be together rather than be human orientated. having a flock is quite noisy as well do you have neighbours that will be tolerant?
I am not trying to put you off merely pointing out do some research and think the situation through.
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I would suggest slow things down, although I can understand the need and excitement you are feeling . Having one budgie is entirely different from having a flock.
There are the issues of breeding, when you buy your budgies make sure they come from different places and lines so they are not related. First Aid kit, and simple emergency procedures. Separate breeding cages, vermin proof storage area for food and nesting materials. It is quite complicated.
Also as budgies are flock orientated they will naturally want to be together rather than be human orientated. having a flock is quite noisy as well do you have neighbours that will be tolerant?
I am not trying to put you off merely pointing out do some research and think the situation through.
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Thank you for your imput, you've given me a few new things to consider.


My husband and I are very committed to providing our pets the ideal living situations for their type. I am in no rush8 to get my next bird, however I like to know where I am going.
*okay, I might be in a bit of a rush.

Breeding is a whole other issue for me! I would love to breed some day, but I'd like to enjoy it. I am not in any place to enjoy breeding. I plan on "copying" Cutelittlebirds setup and keeping my boys and girls and girls separate. That is if/when I have more than three birds.

As to some of your other points.... We own our home and plan on having the aviary indoors. We are established and can handle vet and other expenses. Noise is a non-issue for us, and our neighbors are animal people... I plan on always keeping GJ apart from the "flock". I'd like him to have a similarly tamed companion so he doesn't feel "left out". I know that forums atract similar personalitiy types so I don't feel to awkward saying that I am the type who is ALWAYS researching.

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Additionally I am still thinking/acting as if GJ is in quarantine. Considering how much I adore him I am waiting a full 30+ days to hope/assume he is a healthy bird. At that point I still need to take him in for his first vet appointment. We have a long road ahead of us, I just love planning planning planning.
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