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Old 10-09-2015, 02:06 AM
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Default Adopting older budgies when I already have a young one?

So I've a budgie who is 5 months old (been with me for 1 month) and who is hand tame. I had plans of bringing one more budgie/teil to give him company when we aren't around. Yesterday I found a listing for budgie adoption. Current owner has a kid to look after and not finding time to give budgies the attention they need. These budgies are 2+ year old & she has 6 of them. She told me I can adopt even one or two if I wish.

So is it okay to have have them together? I'm even open for separate cages and common play area/safe flight room. And have no intentions to breed.

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Old 10-09-2015, 11:19 AM
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The age differences shouldn't be an issue if the adopted budgies have a sweet temperament.
If you are planning on adopting the 2 budgies, then you will have to quarantine them for a period of about 1 month in a different cage and room away from your current budgie. This is done as a preventative measure to avoid any possible illness to be passed to your budgie.
After quarantine time is over, you can place both cages close by, so that they see, communicate and get used to each other's presence. You can also allow them supervised out of cage time together.
In general, when housing budgies together on the same cage, it's best to keep the numbers even in order to avoid one budgie from being left out.
Depending on the flock dynamics and how they interact, you can choose to cage your younger budgie separately from the older budgies or let them all share a cage together.
If you are given the choice, you can adopt 2 more males instead of a male/female couple or 2 females, as that could potentially be troublesome when sharing the same cage.

Good luck with your decision!
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I agree regarding the quarantine period and separate cage. I haven't enough budgie experience to recommend regarding flock dynamics but I wanted to say I was touched that you would offer a home to one or two of these budgies.
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It is great that you are giving older budgies a home. first off. It would be better to have separate cages at first for quarantine -30-45 days then because the home bird is only 5 months, I would keep then separate, as youngsters pull and chew feathers and in general are pests to the other more mature birds
In our aviary babies stay in their own flight from 9 to12 months, depending on personality,and when the first molt occurs. During this time you can allow some
monitored out of cage time, even visits to each others cage. I would suggest
1 or 3 new birds. It can bee 2 and 2 or all 4 of one sex. The odd number can cause dominance issues, which can be avoided. Deb is introducing a 3rd budgie and doing quite well with all 3 of the same sex. After they settle in in 3 or 4 months you should have a better Idea of potential personality conflicts. I would suggest 2 smaller cages at first and then get a home cage as large as you can afford and your house can contain. For training work with one or 2 at a time in a separate room to keep the bird in training focused. We do 4 to 8 babies at a time but we are not trying to develop a life long bond as they will be going to a forever home. Our job is to help them adjust and reframe from behavior issues like nipping and being bullies. We like our kids spunky but able to relate to other humans and new budgie friends. Take things slow and look at each decision carefully. Blessings
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I agree with the advice offered by aluz and Jo Ann.

It's wonderful you are considering taking in one (or more) of the budgies being rehomed and I'd love to see pictures if you decide to get one or more of them.
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Thanks a lot for your replies, I have better clarity now. Just one more question before I decide..
Two year old buddies which are up for adoption are untamed. My current budgie is doing very well with bonding and hand tame. Will bringing untamed older budgies spoil my bonding with my present budgie? I have read numerous threads saying older the budgie harder to tame. I'm really enjoying the present level of bonding I have with my budgie and not really willing to let it go.

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The moment we give a single budgie the opportunity of interacting with a same species companion we run the risk of being put in second place because more often than not, budgies prefer to bond more deeply to a same species companion.
But this doesn't mean you will completely lose the trusting bond you have with your budgie or he will revert to being "wild" and untamed.
Over the years I have brought many untamed pet birds and tamed them up with the help of a super tame budgie. After quarantine time is over you can use your tame budgie in order to at least finger tame the adopted budgies.
You can also use the quarantine time to establish the foundations of trust with your adopted budgies. Even though they are adults, it certainly is not impossible to reach a decent level of tameness. Depending on their personality, they may even surprise you with their receptiveness to training.
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Thanks a lot @Aluz, let me think this through and discuss with my wife before I take the final call

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