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I got my budgie Felipé last year and he seemed rather social. At the time I didn't get another because I wanted so bad to hand tame him. He still hasn't warmed up to it though when singing I can occasionally get him to sit on my hand for a little while. Anyways he is in a rather large cage because I wanted him to have room to fly but I bought a slightly smaller cage so I could introduce another budgie slowly awhile back because there would be plenty of room for both in his. He was a chiper till I finally put them side by side and then he went silent. I introduced them and him and Triss seemed to get along well though he didn't like her playing with the mirror so I put them together, still he was silent and it was odd. He would let her near and they slept side by side but he didn't interact with her. She passed away a week later. No foul play. Well when she was gone he began chirping for hours like he had it building up. So now I'm working a little more and my mind travels back to getting him a companion. Should I? Or should I let him be a loner and not take the last odd event to heart?

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Welcome to the forums!

The decision of getting a same species companion or not would mainly depend on 2 factors. The daily time you are able to spend with your budgie and your budgie's very own personality.
By paying close attention to Felipé's behaviour you will be able to have a better idea on how to proceed.
Since you are better acquainted with your budgie's ways, you are in the best position to reach a conclusion when it comes to Felipé's overall happiness.
If he is generally playful and energetic, sings exuberantly and bobs his head up and down, then he is happy with the way things are.

Depending on personality and if they are more on the shy side, some males can in fact be more quiet when compared to others. And usually these shy budgies thrive and are most happy when they have the comfort and support of a same species companion.

If you notice signs of depression in Felipé, he can in fact benefit from having a friend. The fact that he has ignored his previous mate doesn't mean he will do the same to another potential mate, if he was bonded to the mirror that would partly explain his behaviour. Mirror toys can be quite troublesome especially for single budgies.

If you do decide to get Felipé a new friend, it doesn't necessarily have to be a female. Male budgies can be the best of friends.
When bringing a new pet bird home, it's also best to quarantine the newcomer in a different cage and room away from your current budgie. This is done as preventative measure to avoid any possible illness from being spread to your Felipé.

Good luck with your decision!
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Welcome to talk budgies. Not much I can add to the excellent advice Aluz has given you. Would love to see a pic or two of your feathered friend...
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There is Felipe.
Should I maybe try removing the mirror this time? He does seem rather obsessed with it.
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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

I agree with the excellent advice aluz offered.
If you do decide to get another budgie, I'd personally opt for another male. That way if the two become friends you will not have to work to discourage breeding.

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Also here is one more.
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What a beautiful fellow....
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Felipé is gorgeous!

If you have a lot of time to spend with Felipé then I'd remove the mirror.

Felipé isn't going to like losing his mirror-friend though so he's going to need you to provide distraction and entertainment by interacting with him.

Try to get him interested in some of his other toys by playing with them and making excited noises.

Do you him daily out of cage time?
Does he have a little play-gym to play on?
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Your little bird Felipé is beautiful! He looks like such a cute little boy

I would agree with Aluz and Deborah completely Please keep us posted on what you decide!

It's wonderful to have you on the forums and we all look forward about hearing more about your little one. If you ever have any questions, please do ask as we'd love to help!

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Our vet had mentioned to us that our lone cockatiel might bond with his reflection and if we had the time to spend with him, it was better to remove the mirror. We did, and we got a second tiel, AND a bunch of budgies over the years. It worked for us, but not everyone has the time we had (I had all day because I worked 3-11pm).

Good luck with your little buddy....I'm sure he will do well with whatever you decide.
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