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so as some may know, i just recently lost Leo and it has been a year since i lost Butch. i have 7 budgies now, and i get stressed because the 2 hens have to be in separate rooms from the boys. anyways the most birds i have had at once was 9 and i am really tempted to get 3 more to make my flock an even 10 (i know i can't get any more though). at the same time i think that i shouldn't so when i have less (i am in NO rush!)i could more on to bigger, better, and bonded birds.

does anyone ever feel like this- wanted to nurture the budgie addition, but at the same time wishing for a variety of species who are a little more bonded to you? i love my flock to pieces but i also love medium sized birds an the fact that i could get an aviator harness for one and go for walks!!!


and a question for the multi-species homes... how to you introduce other species for your flock? i don't know who would bully who or if i could trust them with the small guys. i would also be afraid that a "larger[than-a-budgie]" parrot would not bond with me and hang out with the budgies and become "wild" like them. how do you do it?! i would love to get maybe 3 parrots in the future, when i move out, and after the budgies, but how would you have a macaw,conure,quaker, and maybe budgie all get along??

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In my house the key to peace between birds is segregation. I do not allow the different species together, with the exception of my budgies and tiels who fly free in the bird room all day and get along or move over, a little squabbling but not real fights.
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How old are you? consider that each of the large birds is like 2or 3 budgies and every large bird must have his time for a walk every day and that means 3 walks
plus cleaning and training and 3 x the vet bills. Thou some vets will give a flock discount. This is still a lot and you will need 3 very large cages. How big is the home and will you buy or rent. Is there a property code for number and type of pets allowed?It would be far better to lavish all of that attention on one big bird
or 2 same species that cn live comfortably together in one cage. These birds live longer than budgies and if you still have college and marriage and kids to look forward to , it would better to conserve your time and energy. I ran 18+ hours a day for many years when I was young, but at some point the body starts to slow down and then you feel cornered by all the commitments you have added to your life. they will not go away easily and thechoices are painful. So think 10 but settle on one and focus your best you have to give on
the one. Enjoy life!! Blessings, Jo Ann
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The fact you get stressed because the females have to be in a separate room from the boys leads me to wonder why you would want to add more budgies and "nuture an addiction". Do you really feel "more is better"? I think concentrating on the budgies you have now as well as all your other pets would be practically a full-time occupation.

By "medium" sized birds are you referring to Cockatiels, Lorikeets, Conures, Pionus Parrots, Alexandrines, and Ringneck Parakeets? Which of those are you most interested in? I ask because, even with a medium sized bird, I would be very hesitant to venture outside the bird in a harness.
In my mind, there is just too much risk of the harness breaking, malfunctioning, the bird somehow escaping or even of being attacked by a hawk. But, having never experienced a medium sized bird in a harness perhaps I'm totally wrong in my concerns?

I agree with ParrotletsRock that intermingling species is not a good idea.
I have three lovebirds and 4 budgies.
Two of the lovebirds are always put in a different room when either they or the budgies are having out-of-cage time. My third lovebird is only allowed out in the same room as the budgies when I'm there to closely supervise.

That said, daydreaming is always fun and doesn't cost anything.

I would, however, suggest you do a great deal of in-depth research before deciding to invest your time, money and heart into a larger bird someday. Also, take into consideration how long a bird of the chosen species generally lives. It's important to determine how it will be cared for and by whom if the time ever comes when you are unable to continue to care for it.
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I have 4 budgies and a tiel right now. They all stay in the same room but the tiel is caged and only gets supervised time with the budgies. I would love to have a lovebird or two, and a quaker has been on my list for a long time too. Really, there aren't many bird's I wouldn't want but I've come to the conclusion I will probably never have them all, but that's ok because I know I will probably alway's have bird's of one species or another for the rest of my life and that is a joy to consider no matter what species they will be....
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jo ann- i have spent much time thinking and daydreaming about those things..i am 19 and i am currently in a course for dog grooming. there are no set hours for grooming (it varies a little from shop to shop). looking at the groomers schedule at work, some days she has full days and others she only is there for 2-3 hours. she is able to fix her schedule to her needs (if she wants to do a half day, she just adds it to the book a few weeks ahead). my plan when i more out is to immediately get a house... i know its crazy, but i would rather have money going to into owning something [the house] that have it go to a landlord. i have promised myself and the animals that i wouldn't ever give them up for something like "I'm moving and can't take you".

i often think about the costs of owning larger birds. vet bills are always in the back of my mind...
i think my next bird (a rescue of course) would be something along the lines of a conure or quaker. i wouldn't go from a budgie to a macaw, and who knows if i would ever get a large bird. when it comes to the pets i am a 'go big or go home' person, so its big play gyms and big cages for my flock.

Deb- maybe i should have worded it differently i am stressed because instead of having the boys come out in my room with the trees and the girls come out in another room, i am forced to only have them out in my room. this means moving cages so one group-male/female- comes out at a time in my room. the see each other in-cage when i am switching them, and they call out. this has caused pickle to become very hormonal and nesty again. on the 30th, she laid an egg and sat on it (i switched it with a marble), but she was not very committed to it. today she laid another egg and left it, making me think that she is returning to her chronic laying days, which were stopped when then hens had their own room away from the boys. that being said, if i did get any more budgies, they would be males, because i just can't get ant more females!
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Hi, I love a lot of creatures as well, and over a lifetime I have shared a part of my life with a wide variety. I am quite old now and I made promises to all my wonderful friends that they would be in my care till it was their time to pass.

Some where in the back of my mind I just knew I would live forever. I still believe this but there comes a time of life when you can no longer make that promise in good faith because time approaches when my body will leave and some one else will have to take care of my FIDS.

Yes, I have found a family who will care for them with lots of love and I feel so much better to know that this new family has already begun to love a number of them and they are adjusting very well and several have become individual special one on one friends with their new family. This transition is very hard for budgies and they go into shock easily when they are all alone without their family. So we always try to move them in multi bird units, so they have friends to be with.

Those of us who are older, have faced many of the decisions you will soon, and we are trying to help you enjoy your life to the best possible. and your time will be quickly eaten up by life responsibilities and these will then in turn
require you to decide whether you can keep those very important promises.
So have mercy on your future self and your special friends. Leave lots of space in life for all of the challenges to those very special friends. and make your friends come first. When you are older and feel tired be sure to make the choice that will keep your life as stress free as possible. Most of all enjoy the life before you. Blessings, Jo Ann
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