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!