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Old 07-03-2015, 06:05 PM
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Hi there! I'm new to this forum and relatively new to budgie parenthood. My boyfriend and I got a new little budgie about a month and a half or so ago and are interested in getting a friend for our little Moonie boy.

I have done some searching about the best time to introduce a new budgie to a current budgie, but all I seem to find is to wait until your first budgie is "tame" to ensure a bond with us and not just to the new friend. I am unclear about the definition of tame. We have been training him to step up on our fingers and he seems more comfortable when we handle him, but is still fairly skittish. We are working every day to make him more comfortable with being handled.

How can you tell when your budgie is bonded to you enough to bring a new bird in?

Secondly, we have an American budgie and are interested in potentially getting an English budgie (on the vet's recommendation to get a more robust bird) to be Moonie's playmate. Does anyone have experience mixing American budgies with English budgies? Can they be friends? Will the bigger bird bully the smaller one even though he would be the second bird?

Any advice is welcome! Thanks!

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Six months is a good length of time to wait until you get a friend for Moonie. That give him plenty of time to get used to interacting with you. Also, please remember when you get a new budgie, you will need to quarantine the new bird for 4-6 weeks.

Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room your current bird(s) is in for a period of 4-6 weeks.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks. Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

English/Show budgies get along with American/Pet budgies just fine.
In general, English budgies are more laid-back than American budgies so even though there is a size difference the larger bird is not likely to "bully" the smaller one. I have a very large 50/50 English/American that is actually larger than my full English budgies. The 50/50 spends his days with my very small American/Pet budgie will no problems.

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Welcome to talk budgies. Deb has given you great advice.
Would love to see a pic or two of your bird...
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Hi there, welcome to the forums!
Can't add much to the expertise offered by Deb up there, but it's great to have you with us on the forums. Hope to see you around and see pictures of Moonie soon

Keep us posted on what you decide for a friend for him! If you have any other questions, please ask as we'd be more than happy to help
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I feel so welcome! For all of you that asked (and those who didn't), this is my little Moonie!
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What a pretty little bird Moonie is. Thank's for sharing...
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What a beautiful little boy! If he's Yellowface II, his yellow face will bleed into his blue feathers and make them seafoam green. If he isn't, he'll stay that color his whole life. Wait till his first moult and see! My little girl is the same mutation as your Moonie, sky blue yf II opaline

I love the first picture, the thing he's sitting on says "not for sitting" but he's sitting on it
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Moonie is adorable!
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