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Old 10-30-2015, 12:30 PM
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It's been a couple of months since we brought home Paul Atreides, and although we love him, he has yet to love us. I'm still patiently working on taming him, but he remains super nervous - he likes it when we're in the room with him, but he's terrified of hands (even hands holding millet). I'm considering the possibility that he'll never want to be bonded with a human (I know it's nothing personal on his part, he just might not like people that much), and thinking about getting him a friend in the spring. I think Paul would really like a bird friend: he really perks up when I play bird sounds or videos, and calls to the birds outside all the time. Plus, if bird #2 takes a shine to me during quarantine, perhaps he can teach Paul that I'm not so bad.

So my question is: for those who got one bird and then added another, how did you decide to double the size of your flock? Did it work out ok? Did you wind up with two friendly birds, or did they start their own bird club, no humans allowed? I'm going to wait a few months before I decide, but I'd love to hear about your experiences! Thank you!

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Old 10-30-2015, 02:11 PM
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It's been a couple of months since we brought home Paul Atreides, and although we love him, he has yet to love us. I'm still patiently working on taming him, but he remains super nervous - he likes it when we're in the room with him, but he's terrified of hands (even hands holding millet). I'm considering the possibility that he'll never want to be bonded with a human (I know it's nothing personal on his part, he just might not like people that much), and thinking about getting him a friend in the spring. I think Paul would really like a bird friend: he really perks up when I play bird sounds or videos, and calls to the birds outside all the time. Plus, if bird #2 takes a shine to me during quarantine, perhaps he can teach Paul that I'm not so bad.

So my question is: for those who got one bird and then added another, how did you decide to double the size of your flock? Did it work out ok? Did you wind up with two friendly birds, or did they start their own bird club, no humans allowed? I'm going to wait a few months before I decide, but I'd love to hear about your experiences! Thank you!
I got my first budgie, Sweetie, and then got a job that was taking me away for long days after bonding with her. She was lonely, and let me know by not wanting anything to do with me until I kissed up for a while. I decided that I should get her a friend, so I went down and got her a little boy that I named "Blu" since they both came from the same place ((and I tried to quarentine him, but they kept calling to each other)) I ended up putting them in the same cage. To this day, Sweetie is still my sweetheart who loves to be with me ((and I have 27 budgies now)) and Blu still isn't to sure about me, though he will come and get on my finger when he's on the floor. And he reluctantly know's "up" as a command.

I have to say that no matter how many budgies you get, it will be greatly based on personality, and how much time you can spend with them. My babies I raise and sell are so used to people that they bond pretty fast usually, but based on personality will depend on how well they bond with someone.
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When I got my Snowball unexpectedly because I was at the city shelter and there was only one VERY scared budgie there in a small cage with no cage covering whatsoever smacked right in the middle of the room near the main door where chilly wind seeps in and is able to see all the cats that were housed nearby. You could tell he was freaking out big time and very skinny. I had budgies growing up and even temporarily, that was not a good way to keep a budgie.

I talked to the city shelter staff who was really really nice asking about the budgie and they said he was a stray. They said I should take him and they will give me a good discount on the adoption-not that it matters but it really does feel like they wanted him to be adopted out asap! I was like....erm, I don't have a cage sitting around and food which was true...and they were like you can take the cage he is in right now and just return it when you purchase a new one! So that was that...I filled in some forms, paid and took him home on the same day

He wasn't tame and I never expected him to be. I just wanted him to feel safe and happy. I have a full-time job, a dog that must be walked every day, I cook every day and I know I am not able to keep him company like another budgie could so I started looking for another budgie about a month after. Someone was rehoming their budgie online and I saw this blue young cobalt budgie and went and got her. You could tell the previous owner wants her out asap as well . My second budgie, Blueberry is more of a cheerful personality .

They were in separate cages for 2 weeks but they do get to see each other. They were both healthy and not from petstore so I figure it should be okay. I did put some Scatt on both of them just to be sure. They bonded almost right away. Blueberry was so happy to see Snowball and she was literally jumping up and down her cage. They both hadn't seen another budgie for a while I guess and they both got very excited!

My Snowball is very careful, nervous and timid in nature. Blueberry is more of a joyful, cheerful and VERY playful girl so they compliment each other very well. Blueberry taught Snowball how to play and Snowball sings and feeds Blueberry all the time. I would always go with more than one budgie going forward just because they are happier.
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I acquired my first budgie, Cody, about 2 years ago. He seemed so depressed and sad... he would 'step up' and perch on our shoulder, but always seemed on 'high alert' while doing so. He wanted back in his cage and just sat there. I admit, I didn't know much about what I was doing, despite having thought I'd done my research. Like you, he didn't seem very bonded to us and I thought he might like a friend.... so Lemony joined him.. He adored Lemony and they helped us learn more about budgies.. I haven't regretted adding the second budgie for one single second!! (Though, because I didn't understand the Birds and the bees, we have 2 more little friends at our house!! )
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Claudia,

If you are interested, you can read the story about Sunny and Shelby in the thread linked below:
https://talkbudgies.com/memory/313665...her-again.html

Later, when I got Skipper, my plan was to keep him downstairs and have him bonded to me. However, it became apparent from the way he listened to and called the budgies upstairs, he really needed a friend of his own. So, Scooter came to live with us and became Skipper's buddy. They are more bonded to one another than they are to me, but both will step up and sometimes come over to explore the laptop or sit on the arm of my chair. They both love playing on top of my head.

Now that Sunny is gone and Sparky was alone, he's come downstairs and is hanging out with Skipper and Scooter. They accepted him willingly, the three are all getting along well together and so far it's been a success. I have two F040 flight cages downstairs and the three go back and forth between them. They generally all choose to be in the same one and have been spending every night in the same cage on their respective swings.

All that said, I would recommend everyone considering an additional budgie to take the time to read the information in this link:

https://talkbudgies.com/budgaholic-su...er-budgie.html
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After I'd had Tweety for a number of years, I just eventually realized she would be happier with another budgie, especially since she spent most of the day sitting next to to her mirror toy. So I got Lemon off of an online local classified ads website. Tweety was semi-tame before I adopted Lemon and stayed the same. Lemon came to me finger trained but timid around people, which was just his personality I think. He stayed the same too. I was really glad I got him and I think Tweety was much happier being with him than being alone. She has gone back to her mirror obsession since he passed away.

I have been waiting for a new budgie who should be coming home in the very near future, and I am glad that Tweety will have another budgie around again - my cockatiel dislikes budgies and is not good company for Tweety. I plan to never keep a budgie alone again, other than temporarily like my current situation. However, I don't have high expectations as far as tameness and interaction with me so that might be more of a factor in your decision.
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After deciding to get a budgie as a new pet and choosing Jimmy who seemed to be the budgie who wanted to be with other budgies more than any budgie I have ever owned, I ended up getting Jay for him as a companion.
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When I got my first budgies, we got 2 at the same time. Twigs (yellow and blue in my sig), and hubby picked out the other one, a white/mauve recessive pied and named him Pix. So we started out with 2 budgies who became fast friends. They'd bicker a lot, and Twigs was clearly the dominant one, but they loved each other and were bonded. Pix had genetic issues and passed away a little over a year ago.

Despite the two birds being together, we were able to hand tame Pix relatively easily. Twigs never got tame, ever. That was just his personality. He's not scared of humans, and looks at me when I talk to him, but he clearly has boundaries with humans and is a wild bird in regard to touching him.

After Pix died, I attempted to tame him, but even after being alone for nearly a year, he was not willing to befriend humans. I have other birds who he desperately tried to befriend, and I thought it was cute at first, but after a while they found him annoying and it started getting too dangeous for him. One of my parrots caught him by the wing feathers as a warning to him, next time he caught him by the tail and hung him upside down. That was it. I made the decision to move him out of the room, get him a flight cage and a friend. That's when I got Mink in May of this year . Twigs and Mink are friends, but they're not a bonded couple. They have their boundaries with each other and will not sit side by side, although I'm hoping one day they will, since that would be adorable. Big and little budgies .
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Wow, thank you all for your responses! You've given me a lot to think about, but I'm feeling really encouraged about getting a friend for Paul. I'm not 100% sure yet (and will have to make sure my husband's on board ), and it'll have to wait until 2016, since we're doing some traveling (at intervals that would make quarantine super inconvenient). But I think Paul Atreides would really like a feathery pal - he watches me move around the house, but doesn't want to be touched at all, and I'm not sure if that'll change.

If we do get him a friend, we're going to try to get a second young male. Does that seem like a good idea? Can two males be cage-mates?
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Yes, males make good cagemates most of the times After quarrantine, you have to observe them during the first days to see how they are doing together.
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