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Old 06-10-2015, 09:50 AM
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Question What to do with Fred and Ethel

I don't get in much but we do use the site for info so we came here to ask what to do.

Long story short hubby's keet died last year so we adopted 3 from a shelter - one bonded pair which I have and 1 male - Fred - which hubby keeps upstairs. Fred has free run of the room but isn't finger trained. He has a mirror to keep him company. And spends most of his time talking to it. Fred leaves his cage to fuss at hubby when something is done or not done that he wants done. He carries on most of his conversations with hubby in his cage.

We talked about getting him a friend for a while which I did a few weeks ago. I kept 3-month old Ethel (we hope) downstairs quiet for 48 hours and then brought her into our kitchen to get her used to everything and give me time to train her a bit. I took her to hubby's room Monday to meet Fred. Separate cages - about 4 feet away from Fred. Hubby has done what's been suggested to keep jealousy down - gives Fred attention first, etc.

Fred won't leave his mirror. Plan was to let Fred get used to her - go over to her cage, explore etc. Then see if he accepted Ethel. He will chirp at Ethel and bend down to look but that's it. Ethel is going crazy wanting out of her cage to go to the other bird. She even turns herself upside down trying to get out.

Fred seems to want company. My male Cookie made his way upstairs and into Fred's room. Fred immediately came out of his cage and started flying around with him, preening him, etc. When Fred had enough he went back to his cage.

I think we need to remove Fred's mirror for a bit each day. Hubby thinks it will make matters worse. I don't want to let Ethel out of her cage yet - don't know if she will go back in without help and I so hate to chase them. So we have come to you. Should the mirror go or stay?

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Welcome to TB! I think you should remove the mirror!
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Welcome to Talk Budgies. Ethel should be quarantined from all other bird's for 4-6 weeks, different room if possible. This is the only way to ensure she is not carrying a disease which could be spread to Fred or your other's. I would suggest weaning Fred off the mirror while Ethel is in quarantine and then replace the mirror totally with her in a cage right next to his. They can spend some time getting to know each other that way, and with some supervised out of cage session's together each day. That will hopefully lead to a pair that are happy to be together...
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Hi and welcome to TB!
I agree with Randy's advice exactly--this will probably be the best way to introduce them to the idea of each other and to make Fred get used to other budgies and not the mirror. Because of attachment problems like this, mirrors are usually not recommended for single budgies Also, quarantine for at least 4-5 weeks is very important to prevent the spread of disease to other birds. A separate room for her cage would be good and as mentioned, this is a good time to get to know her and to get him used to not having a mirror.
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