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Old 06-10-2015, 05:45 PM
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Hey all! Not sure if this is the best place to post this, but I'm going to go ahead. Feel free to tell me if it would fit better elsewhere. I apologize in advance if this post seems a little scatterbrained. There are a lot of factors involved, and after a few weeks of wrestling with them, I figured I should turn to all you lovely folks for some help.

This August, when I go back to school for the fall semester, I will finally be living in off-campus housing. This means that I will be allowed to have pets, and my landlord made a special allowance in my lease for me to have up to two parakeets (she was even nice enough to waive the $500 pet fee she normally charges). That's just the problem, though--I can't decide if I'd like to get one or two.

I've wanted a budgie since I was little, and I've been researching, gathering supplies, and saving money (for vet bills and other expenses) for quite some time. I've read about half a dozen books about them, watched countless videos, read hundreds of online articles and discussion boards, etc. etc.

My original plan was to get two at the same time, a male and a female (though I have read a few places that females can get territorial, and it would be better to get two males--if anyone has any advice on that, don't hesitate to share). However, I'd like to have my budgie(s) be close to me, and I'm afraid that if I get two they will bond with one another instead.

That being said, I am of course more worried about the bird's well-being than my own wants. I know that budgies can become lonely if they are left by themselves too often. Obviously I plan to spend as much time with my bird(s) as possible, but I am a full-time student with an 18-credit course load. To make it easier for you all to see exactly how much time I have available, here's my class schedule:

Monday--10:10 am-11:00 am

Tuesday--9:30 am-12:15 pm and 3:30 pm-4:45 pm

Wednesday--10:10 am-2:00 pm

Thursday--9:30 am-12:15-pm, 3:30 pm-4:45 pm, and 6:00pm-8:30 pm

Friday--10:10 am-11:00 am

Just to be clear, I live about a five minute walk from campus, so I can be home in between classes as well.

I've also considered starting with one budgie and adding a second one later, but my house (while quite large) is also home to six other people, so I don't exactly have the room for an effective quarantine period. (Don't get me wrong, whatever bird(s) I do get will have ample room. I've gotten them a very large cage, and I have the biggest bedroom in the house. As an added bonus, it's on a different floor than all the other bedrooms, so my roommates won't be as disturbed by any noise the birds might make.)

So, here are my questions, I guess: what do you guys think I should do? Should I go ahead with my original plan of buying two budgies, even if it might make the taming and training process more difficult? In that same vein, do any of you have experience with training two budgies at the same time? If so, can you offer any stories/advice? Or, do you guys think my schedule will allow me enough time to properly care for just one budgie?

Sorry for the novel-length post. I look forward to hearing from you guys, and thank you for your help!

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Old 06-10-2015, 05:56 PM
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There are varied opinions about whether to get one or two budgies. In terms of your class schedule I think you have plenty of time to spend with the bird(s). I'm often away 10 hours a day for work and only have one budgie.

You're best off waiting for others to comment about taming two budgies. I've only ever had one at a time, but I've also experienced one of them not being easy to tame despite only having one. All budgies are different.

Good luck - looking forward to seeing what you get
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Welcome to talk budgies. There are a lot of different factor's regarding many of your question's, so there are really no for sure's. For example, where will you get the bird or bird's ? Hand raised/reared bird's should come to you pretty tame already, and will be easier to bond with and train compared to non hand reared. Your schedule look's to give you ample time to spend with a budgie each day, so in my opinion your best bet would be to start out with one, and decide later if you want a second. Lot's of good info here in our sticky's at the top of each section. Do some reading and question asking, and you won't go wrong...

As far as bonding with and taming two, I think buying hand reared, keeping each in it's own cage, and spending time working with each will work, but is still harder than just one at a time, and if you put the two together in one cage later on, the bond with you will weaken somewhat. That has been my experience anyway...
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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

If you choose to get two budgies, I would get two males.
Males generally get along well if introduced properly and become best buddies. With two males you will not have to be concerned with discouraging breeding the way you would with a male/female pair.

It is possible to tame two birds, but will take more time and effort and may require you spending one-on-one time with each budgie for the best results. Additionally, since you will be gone a good portion of each day, the two will bond to one another.

Additionally, you may find that watching them interact and play together is so enjoyable you won't mind not having as close a bond as you would with just one budgie. Two of my budgies are not hand-tamed and are caged together and they are delightful. They get several hours of out-of-cage time each day and although they are not hand-tamed, they come very close to me and chirp and interact in that manner.

If possible, please get your new friend(s) from a reputable breeder rather than a big-box pet store.

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Hello and welcome, it is very good that you are taking the time to think the situation through before going ahead.
It is a personal choice in the end, all the points others have mentioned are very true and informative. Budgies do have their own personalities, some interact more than others .
I am lucky as I have two that are bonded to each other and I love watching the closeness and love they share. They are both boys. On the other hand I have a hand raised budgie that is bonded to me and he is my world. He does require a lot more time and love as he is bonded to me BUT I wouldn't have it any other way.

keep reading, the forums have wealth of knowledge to offer then make the choice that is right for you at this time.
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Hi there and welcome to the forums!
Great to hear you've been doing your research
I agree with all the advice given above. It looks like you have plenty of time to take care of just a single budgie with your schedule. A single budgie will be easier to tame in most cases than two, and although you could always add a second one later, your situation at home with quarantine might make that more difficult.

I think that this is indeed a more personal decision--do you want one budgie or two budgies?
Of course, both options have their perks. If you do choose 2 budgies, I would get 2 males as this prevents possible accidental breeding and they will bond very well. If you were to tame 2 budgies, the easiest way would be to separate them during taming, which could be difficult, like take the one you're working with to another room.

I can't wait to hear what you decide! Sounds like you're well on your way to becoming the best budgie momma ever

Awesome to have you with us, please keep us posted!
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