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Old 10-28-2015, 01:57 PM
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I need some help as I'm having a dilemma. I've had merlin for a year and a half. She is very bonded to me and seems happy and healthy. The only problem is I do have to leave her for up to 9 hours on a working day. I leave the radio on for company and often my other half gets back earlier and let's her out.
I just don't know whether to get her a friend. I don't want to lose the bond we have but I don't want to be lonely. Also she is quite a dominant female so I would worry she might not take to a partner.
So my question is whether I should get her a friend and what sex would be best. I do NOT want babies or fear of egg binding or anything like that but also I would want them to get along.
So what do you guys think? Figured I would ask the experts!

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Old 10-28-2015, 05:27 PM
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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.
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aluz has offered very good advice.
I'd also take the time to read the information in this link.

https://talkbudgies.com/budgaholic-su...er-budgie.html
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Thanks for this amazing advice will probably stick with just merlin the queen!
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That sounds like a very good decision to me!
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Thanks for this amazing advice will probably stick with just merlin the queen!
Way to make a decision! Good for you, sometimes it's a good idea to not get more budgies.
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A good decision to have Merlin all by herself for now. But if you're really worried about her loneliness and her getting bored, you could find her a male companion. He'll sure keep her company and might also prevent her from some typical nasty budgie habits of chewing on cage bars or any other toys. Keeping two females can lead to some problems like infighting and territorial issues as the females are known to be aggressive towards each other. But a male bird will do just fine and as suggested by the members above, one can always prevent breeding.
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She sounds very happy as she is.
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