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Old 08-13-2015, 05:31 PM
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Since getting Jimmy I have been going over the one or two budgie debate and I think after having his mirror out of his cage that I'd prefer Jimmy to eventually have a bird friend.

So I wanted to run through a few things before I even think about getting a friend for Jimmy.
First of all, none of it will happen until Jimmy has been cleared of his mites. That goes without saying.

From what I've read, Jimmy would be ideally suited to a male friend to keep any chances of mating out of the equation.

Getting him a new friend, I should keep the new bird in quarantine for 5-6 weeks and introduce them still in different cages and allow them to choose their new home themselves.

Is there anything else I should consider before getting a new bird?
I think Jimmy will be really happy with a new friend. He seems content when I am with him but I am at work a lot and we won't have that time together.

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Old 08-13-2015, 05:37 PM
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Sound's like you have the basic's down. You may consider after quarantine, just putting the new fellow's cage next to Jimmy's for awhile. They will be good company for each other that way and you can work on your bond with both at seperate times and give them some out of cage time together daily...
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Yes!

I don't plan on doing this soon as I want Jimmy to feel settled in and I think he is getting there but next week I go back to work and my schedule will be different and he'll have to adjust to that, mostly not coming out as early as he'd like to for his fly around.
But I want to get it right for the new addition and make sure Jimmy's happiness isn't upset either.
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I agree with Randy -- you have the basics and he's given you good suggestions.

I just wanted to say that sweet little Jimmy is very fortunate to have such a good Birdie-Mom to love and care for him.
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I think your being wise, and it will pay off in the long run. My birds were all housed seperate for a long time. They had out of cage time together, but I was able to have a decent bond with each. After housing together, that bond will slide a lot but you will be able to re establish it a bit and have a better relationship with them...
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