As I read postings on the forum it looks like most members have multiple budgies. Some species seem to be happier with a friend rather than a single budgie home. Is this really true? I would love to hear from members that have one budgie and how the bird is doing as far as behavior and health. Do you think your budgie is happy without another budgie friend?
I have a single budgie and I think he's happy and healthy! He is chirping and singing a lot,even talking a few words. He enjoys his toys and he also loves to spend time with me. When I have to leave him alone I turn on the radio for him.
I have a single budgie here, named Baby She spends at least 8 hours per day out of her cage, so she gets a lot of interaction. When I got her from the breeder, she said that Baby would always rather be with people than her brothers/sisters Silly little bird. She is very curious and always has to check out what you're up to. She just recently learned how to say "I Love You". She is happy and healthy.
I am sure your budgie will be very happy on his own as long as you continue to give him lots of love and attention, ideally throughout the day. I think it's true to say that they need company and things going on, but in my experience a human can easily provide that. You may find that some of the 'multiple budgie' people do so because they work during the day. And some, because they just enjoy the interaction between the birds. Your budgie would let you know if he needs a friend by his behaviour - if you work all day and he spends a lot of time being quiet and unresponsive then he probably needs a friend. It is obvious that you love your little bird from you asking the question - I'm sure you will pick it up from him if you need to change anything!
As most of you know already, I have a single lady.
Mallorn has done very well alone, and loves me like a flockmate. She is perfectly happy and healthy, eats well, and interacts daily with me and her toys. She has a routine which she follows religiously and she is very demanding, which is charming, to say the least, but also gives her an attitude
Princess Mallorn is just that--a princess of her own little kingdom, with me as her subject.
And that's the way she likes it
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
I also have a single budgie. He is tamed and talks and is lots of fun.
However, I sometimes notice that he might be happier with a mate. He's not very playful, and I wonder if a mate would bring out a more playful nature. Because of his health problems, we can't get him a friend, but he loves listening to budgies on YouTube!
I wish now that we had brought two budgies together for his sake, but we adore our little guy!
Bethany and Jorge
Mini schnauzer, Watson (July 18, 2009)
Budgie, Sammy (April 13, 2014)
RIP Príncipe Pío
I also just have one budgie, and that was the case in the past as well (this is my third). Princess Jakob is a happy, healthy little bird. I work 5 days a week, and on those days she's alone for up to 10 hours. Whenever possible, I'll work from home one day a week, and she's always out of the cage as soon as I get home. I read about bed-time hours on here recently. Because mine is alone during the days, she's actually not in "bed" till around 10pm, so she has a good few hours with me every single day.
Weekends are for her. I'll let her out as soon as I get up, and she'll be singing and dancing, not knowing what to play with first.
You need to ensure you have time to spend with a bird if you're only going to have one, but it really doesn't have to be a problem. I leave the radio on when I'm out, so it's not quiet.