07-24-2015, 04:54 PM
This seems to be a very common question.
If you spend several hours a day with your budgie, talking to her, interacting with her and playing with her, having a solo budgie is just fine.
Unless you've had a budgie for a good period of time (which is more than a few weeks) and have a VERY strong bond, when you introduce a new bird you are no longer going to be as "important" as you were with a solo bird.
Many people chose to have a single budgie simply because they want that very strong tight bond with their bird.
If a person has many hours to spend with the budgie having a solitary budgie can be very rewarding.
When you add a new budgie to the mix, the current budgie is going to naturally want to spend more time with its own species.
I bought Sunny thinking to bond with him.
However, he was so sad and despondent that within a couple of weeks I determined it would be best to get him a friend.
He and Shelby became best buddies and I was ignored from then on.
I really didn't mind though.
They were SO cute playing together and flying around that I decided to simply let the two of them "be birds" and enjoy them for who and what they were.
Generally, your current budgie is not going to interact with you in the way she did before bringing a new budgie into the mix.
In some respects you may become the "third wheel"-- but that is your choice when you decide to get your budgie a friend.
If you do decide to get a friend for your budgie, please remember you should quarantine the new bird(s) 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.
Use the quarantine period to work with the two budgies individually as it will be more difficult to work on taming and bonding after they are being housed in the same cage.
When Quarantine is complete, place the quarantined bird's cage next to the other for a few days to allow the birds to become acquainted.
After that, the birds should be introduced in neutral territory under close supervision.
Several meetings may need to take place prior to allowing the birds to be housed in the same cage.
Before introducing a bird into a cage already occupied by others, everything in the cage should be removed and rearranged to help prevent the original occupants from being too territorial.
When you have two budgies caged together, the taming and bonding process will require more time and patience on your part.
If it is truly important to you then you will do what is necessary to make it work.
You will have to realize that you must work within your birds' time-frame not yours.
Separating them during training time and working with each individually is often the best option.
You may also decide that as long as both budgies are happy and healthy then the "bonding" issue is not quite as it seems at this time.
Good luck in making the decision that will be right for you and your budgie.
Last edited by FaeryBee; 07-24-2015 at 05:01 PM.