About six or eight weeks ago, someone asked me if I wanted another budgie. They didn't want to keep the one they'd accepted from a friend who had gotten tired of it. I declined. It was tiny and quiet, and I didn't want the headache of trying to integrate a new bird into the household. Peek and Boo are quite bonded to one another, and I didn't particularly want to take on a new project.
Then this week I visited friends in Seattle who have several rescue cats. It has taken them six months to get the cats calmed down from the horrible conditions of their former "home." I began to rethink my decision. The tiny little budgie wasn't living in horrible conditions, but it was the only budgie in a house with two other birds (noisy parrots), two small dogs, several children, and a stressed mom who didn't really want the budgie.
I did some research on the Talk Budgies forum about when to get a new bird, and I decided that if I can integrate the new bird with Peek and Boo, that will be great, but if I can't, that will be okay, too. If she is caged alone, I might have more luck training her than I've had with Peek and Boo. She is timid, but she is willing to sit on a person's finger and her wings have been clipped.
So I have a new budgie as of today. I think she is a year old, about the same as Peek and Boo, but she is much smaller. She is in one of those dome-top parakeet cages with regular pine perches. She has some linked rings and a mirror. I have her in my bedroom where she can see into my living room and can see me where I sit on the couch or rocking chair, and she can see a corner of Peek and Boo's cage.
She has eaten some, but otherwise she has been frozen on one perch. She has not responded to Peek and Boo's chattering, although I was watching her when Peek and Boo were making their little soft sleepy sounds at nap time, and she fluffed up and relaxed.
My plan is to leave her cage as is for about a week, then next week I'll replace at least one of the pine perches with a natural manzanita wood perch. Maybe a week after that, I will bring her into the dining room where all the birds will be able to see each other.
In other news, I got one of those triangular corner perches for Peek and Boo, and they really love it. I'm also experimenting with sprouting seeds, because I still can't get them interested in fresh veggies, and they are finally eating some pellets.
I'm so glad you were able to rescue this little bird! I'm sure she'll be much happier. It's usually recommended you quarantine new birds for 4-5 weeks at least, it sounds like you're prepared to do that
I'm sure once she settles in some more she will be more active! Congrats on the new arrival
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Karma for taking in the little "rescue" budgie.
Have you named her yet?
She definitely deserves the love and attention you will give her and will flourish in an atmosphere where someone truly cares for her.
I'm looking forward to seeing pictures once she's a little more settled..
I hope the little one finds love and comfort in her forever home, she has had a rough time and will need to be treated with kindness and tenderness as I am sure she will be in your care. I am sure she will come round when she realizes other budgies are just around the corner.
Thank you so much, everyone, for your encouragement and good wishes. I am so grateful! Getting a new bird is a little stressful. I feel sad that she never had a budgie friend. Even thought Peek and Boo love each other more than they love me, I don't feel bad that they aren't tame because they preen each other, feed each other, play with each other... I wish the new bird had a friend growing up.
Her previous owner had her for a year and called her Twinkie, so I thought I would keep that name. I think these little birds are very smart, so in case she learned her name, I want to be consistent.
Here is a photo of her and of her cage. She sang a little on Saturday, but otherwise she has been very still. I moved one of her perches higher, because at its lower level her tail hit the mirror perch.