I have one year old female budgie who is (finally) finger trained and is free to be let out of her cage. I spend lots of time with her, trying to bond, but I was wondering. Should I get another budgie to be her friend? I was thinking it would be nice to train another budgie, as my current budgie and I had a bit of a false start... Her cage couldn't hold her and she would escape, so her first impression of me was a scary thing chasing her around the room trying to catch her! This I think set her training back a bit as her first few days in our house was to her quite terrifying. So with another budgie I could learn from the experience and start properly. The only thing I am worried about is if my budgie gets jealous or isn't friendly, and then I have two fighting budgies. Also I read that male budgies were friendlier, but I can't get a male in case they breed! I am asking for some advise. Thank you
P.S. I would carry on spending time with my current budgie
There are several options for you I believe.
Having one budgie is easier to train and form a bond, it depends how often you can be with your budgie girl as to how successful the training will be. If you work every day and your bird is alone most of the day I would recommend getting another budgie.
Budgies need a friend as they are social flock birds, hens tend to be a little more reluctant but in saying this there are many lovely hens on this forum who interact and are totally bonded to their owner.
If you choose to get another bird, having two females can work but it also can be a disaster. Hens are more territorial than males, when they are in condition they can and will fight as well. Sometimes you need to separate hens and only allow them to interact when out of their cages.
Getting a male will alleviate these problems, even without a male hens will and can lay eggs still.
Usually a male and female budgie bond and get along excellently. There are ways to discourage chicks and egg laying have a read through these links.https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html
Remember if you get another budgie 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.
I say go for it, get another budgie, and make it a young male. It's simple to not allow them to nest, and your girl will be so happy to have company when you can't be there.
I personally believe that it's easier to tame and bond with a budgie kept with other budgies. They're so social and trusting of their flockmates, if one bird will eat out of your hand the other will soon follow. They all learn at their own pace, so one will trust you first and then it will help teach the other bird to trust you as well. I also think males are more naturally curious than females, but I don't know that for fact. It's just what I've seen in my own birds
Do keep them safely separated at first though! Besides, quarantining will help you to figure out which bird is more bold, who likes which treats better, and will let you establish a rapport with each before allowing them to bond exclusively to each other. I think it'll work out great