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Old 11-11-2015, 01:21 PM
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Question Budgie and dilemmas

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I volunteer at a bird shelter/adoption center that receives large and small parrots. I usually spend most of my time with the budgies as I've always loved them. We usually have around 60 budgies at any given time. I feed, water and clean cages and make any changes as needed to keep the budgie's healthy and happy.

Most of the budgies are in large cages up to 8 budgies in a cage and they get along very well. The females and males are mixed together. A few budgie's are in single cages for various reasons. All the budgies came from various homes and are not part of a large flock. They also are not breeding.

My question is it possible to replicate this at home? So here's my dilemma:

I've been boarding 2 male budgies each in their own cage. One for about 6 months named Bug and another for 2 months named Jack. Bug, will step up on my finger but not stay for long. I would like him to be totally hand trained if at all possible.

Jack, is totally wild and was found outside with the sparrows.

I also have 2 rescue female budgies in one big cage for about 2 years. The females get along with each other. They do bicker now and again but never fight. Currently, I have all 3 cages side by side and all budgies seem interested in each other. They chirp at each other and cling on the cages to get a better look.

I would like to know the best way if at all possible to combine them all into one very large cage. I don't want the birds to breed.

Ideally, I would let them out to fly around to meet each other but my home on the lower level is wide-open with too many windows so I can't let them out. If I move them into a bedroom upstairs than they will be too isolated.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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I see you are in IL, is the shelter by chance the GCCBC shelter? I have adopted 7 budgies from them over the past few years, 2 little green guys most recently.
If you want to combine all your birds into one cage I would suggest a large cage such as the Prevue Hendryx F040 or the F050 which is slightly bigger, or a cage of similar size.
As long as you do not supply them with a nest box or things that could be seen by the birds as a nesting site they hopefully should not breed.
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Yes, it is GCCBC. Thanks for your reply!

I love the picture of your birds! Are your budgies all tame?

I just got the Hendryx F040 set up today but was hesitant to but them together. Do you think it would be safe to just put the 4 together in the new cage?
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That's great that you volunteer at a shelter.

If I understand it right, you have 2 male and 2 female budgies. If the cage is large enough, you should have no problems putting them together.
If you had more females than males it could be problematic. But your two females get along and that is also a good sign.

Make sure you have enough perches in the cage and enough toys and swings.
If you don't put them in all at once, put the males in first, then the females.
It works better when the males feel at home already.

Good luck, let us know what happens,

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Yes, it is GCCBC. Thanks for your reply!

I love the picture of your birds! Are your budgies all tame?

I just got the Hendryx F040 set up today but was hesitant to but them together. Do you think it would be safe to just put the 4 together in the new cage?
I had two tame birds but one died recently from an ovarian tumor so now I have only one tame. The others, I would say, tolerate me, one will occasionally jump on my arm but not for long. They are not afraid of me, except the 2 new ones they are still a bit nervous, but they do not see me as anything they want to interact with, however, I have been able to get them to step up onto a perch but not my finger.When you put your birds together just make sure that you do it at a time when you have the time to stay with them, just in case there would be a squabble. When I have introduced new birds they have usually had out of the cage time already with the others, but since yours have been in close contact they at least are not total strangers.
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