10-28-2015, 05:27 PM
Since you are better acquainted with your Merlin's personality, you will be in a better position to ultimately determine what's best for her and you can do this by taking into account a few aspects.
The first one should be your Merlin's overall behaviour. If you don't see any signs of depression nor any negative changes on her behaviour, then that gives you clues that she is adjusting well to your longer working hours.
You mention that Merlin is somewhat dominant and this coupled with the fact she has been a solo bird since you've got her may prove troublesome when it comes to introducing a potential same species friend to her.
For now, you can see how things go and depending on the signs given by Merlin you can decide whether it's best to get her a friend or not.
If you do decide to get her a friend, you should be prepared for the eventuality of having to house them in different cages if they are unable to get along. You will also need a spare cage for quarantining the new bird.
By getting a male budgie the chances of them getting along will be higher when compared with a second female. There are measures we can take to prevent a budgie couple from breeding, but if you don't want to risk it, you can get another female. A budgie's temperament and personality will dictate if they are able to share a cage and be good friends or not.
The dynamics are bound to change with a second bird, but even if Merlin gets along well with her potential new friend, the trusting bond you have with her will not disappear.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.