Little Sydney is now aprox 12 weeks (been with me 4) and I love him so much. I think it's mutual too. He's never been bothered by me or our 2 dogs (pug crosses) and actively seeks our attention and thrives in it.
I love how responsive he is to us and how happy he is but tonight I watched him watch my two dogs playing and I felt sad for him, it's like he wanted to join but obviously he's far too tiny and they're both clumsy dogs that know no better.
Got me thinking maybe he needs a buddy ?
But I love how much he loves us, would a companion change that?
I feel like Syd knows who I am and loves me, likewise with my two dogs.
My husbands in the navy and won't be back properly until April. They've not met yet but should (hopefully) have a couple of day's end of October! Not sure how that will affect anything. But in general what are people's opinions on the whole 1 budgie/2 budgie/ more? What do you think is best? Syd is still a bubba. What age do you feel is best add a companion?
I'm rambling a bit, sorry. Just want others opinions/experience!
If you're spending plenty of time with him daily, I'm sure he is fine. There is no doubt that he would enjoy a friend of his own species, and likely that that would leave him less enthusiastic with your company. It all comes down to amount of time you can give a single bird. I have four budgies and have only hand feeding and step up type relationship with them but greatly enjoy watching them with each other...lot's to consider...
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I think whatever works for your specific situation. I would keep the number even though. If it's odd, and a pretty small number, one will generally be the odd budgie out. Otherwise, it's great that you're thinking of getting another budgie. Make sure if you do get another, that you quarantine the new bird for AT LEAST a month before introducing it to your old one. Also, if you have a Petsmart in your area, stay away from them. They just had yet another recall on their birds.
Also, if you want your current bird to be more bonded with you, hold off on getting a second bird. Once you get a second bird, you're current bird will likely take to the new one and begin to bond more closely with it than with you.
Either way you go, consider your situation, both with time and money, and also space, and make an educated decision. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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I agree, it all comes down to how much time you can spend with him. He sounds very bonded to you already, so I think he's going to be just fine as long as you give him daily attention (which you are doing). My girl Mallorn is a single bird and has been for all of her three years on earth, she could never be happier and I cherish the relationship I have with her.
On the other hand, if you notice you aren't spending as much time as you could with him and he seems bored often, or lonely, then getting a friend would be a good idea, although as mentioned he could forget about you a bit and bond better with the new budgie
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Thank you all for your replies. I do feel like I'm giving him enough interaction/attention but I do watch him watch the dogs and wonder if he feels left out. I don't think it's so much he's not getting attention but more that he's not got his very own 'buddy' in the same way the dogs do. It's hard to describe but he is beyond fascinated by them, to the point I think he'd try joining in if I let him! He happily plays with me (finger step ups, kisses, general chatting to one another ) but I think he wants to be a dog!
My eldest dog is not interested but my youngest is and when he sits next to the cage Syd seems so happy!
All budgies are happier with other budgies than with any substitutes... Maybe some acceptions, but even then I'd be hard-pressed to say they wouldn't appreciate their own kind around...
They share the same instincts, the same behaviours, the same instinctive language, and interact far more than you could ever, yet their social interactions are still stunted compared to their wild counterparts.
I think whether it's ethical to keep a budgie without a partner (or more) solely depends on whether you feel capable of fulfilling that social need to a level where the bird is not detrimentally affected by it...
There's no possible way you could ever replicate the social flock they would have in the wild, so I think the question lies with how how closely can you replicate constant companionship, and do you have reason to suspect your bird is unhappy or distressed when you are unable to provide it?
Some good answers here already. I'd love to have more budgies, I look at Mink and Twigs' huge double flight cage and catch myself daydreaming about a couple more. But then I see how much they poop, and think about the extra cleaning, and say nah, 2 budgies is plenty . It would be a different story if I didn't have other birds too. Maybe one day I'll go for it, but not for the foreseen future.
After Pix died, Twigs was the only budgie for nearly a year. He was one of those budgies who was never interested in human companionship despite my attempts, and never tamed down enough to be handled, and I could tell he was desperate for friendship of his own kind. He tried to befriend my parrots, who at first accepted him, but they turned on him and it started getting too dangerous, so I made the decision to get a flight cage and put it in another room, and I got Mink (a handfed who started going wild once she met Twigs). Twigs looks at Mink like she's a different species lol, but I know he'd rather not be alone.
I'm a very very big fan of getting pets in pairs; that way no matter what they will have a friend of their own species they will always be able to be with no matter where I am or what's going on in my life should I suddenly have to be away.
That being said, do you have room for two budgies? How big is your cage? I would only get one more if I were you, odd numbers are not good and two budgies are a handful in and of themselves already! Two budgies isn't much more work than one, but the costs are double. Can you afford double the avian vet bills at this time? If so, getting a friend would be great! If not, don't do it and dedicate a specific several hours of day to your bebe to make sure he feels loved and included.
I started out with two budgies to begin with, as I saw them playing together at the pet shop and I just couldn't bring myself to separate them. It was the best thing I could have done, because there is a lot of time during the week when they are alone and having that companionship is vital.
I ended up getting two more budgies, but that's a whole different story! I just love 'em!