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Old 11-01-2015, 07:59 AM
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Hello everyone, I currently have 2 male budgies which are clipped. They arn't the cuddliest of budgies but they will happily go on your shoulder/finger if offered.

Me and my girlfriend were thinking of getting 3 more male budgies but would like a little bit of advice.

Should we clip them all?

Any recommendations?

Would having one female with 4 males cause a problem?

Any advice would be great! Thank you

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Hi,

if you were to get more budgies, you are best to get them in even numbers, so it would be better to get 2 or 4 new budgies. Male budgies would be better to get on with our current boys. Getting one female would likely cause fighting in the flock.
Also remember that you will need another cage for quarantine for the new budgies. If you were set on the idea of a female, you might also need to have a cage ready to split them up if there was trouble in the flock.

I can't give any advice on clipping as I have never had a budgie with clipped wings and personally it's not an option I have ever looked in to.
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You definitely do not want to put one female with four males -- that is a recipe for disaster.

Males generally get along with other males and you don't have to worry about discouraging egg laying if you have all males.

Even numbers of birds is always better than odd so one doesn't get left out.
Cage size is critical.
If you plan to house six budgies in one cage together, I recommend getting the biggest cage possible no matter how much out-of-cage time your budgies get each day.

The bigger the cage the better and width/length is more important than height.
Ensure the bar spacing is no more than 1/2" apart.

The minimum recommended size cage for six budgies is
40x18x32"
Volume = 23,040" cubic inches

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Unless absolutely necessary for safety, I would not have your budgies' wings clipped.
If you do decide to, have only the minimal number of feathers clipped.

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One very important aspect to consider is a person's very own ability with dealing with a larger flock. Any pet owner must have a very good grasp of the species and to be perfectly comfortable and able to cope with the challenges of having in this specific case a larger flock.

The decision of doubling or tripling the flock numbers should be thought of very carefully, it's very different to have 2 birds as opposed to 4 or 6 and inexperienced owners may feel very overwhelmed and unable to attend to the flock's needs and to intervene and make the necessary adjustments when things don't go according to plan.
The idiom "bite off more than you can chew" comes to mind.

My flock of 14 is fully flighted, it's possible to achieve a good level of tameness without having to resort to clipping. The necessary amount of work needs to be put in each bird in order to establish the foundations of trust and to form a good bond with them.
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