Your way of introducing them sounds fine too. I think the best way is to ensure that a 'neutral' environment is available, and, like you mentioned, their own cages are 'safe places' for if they want to retreat or take a nap, for example.
As long as you continue to supervise them until they are completely comfortable around each other, leaving the cages open and "free passage to and from" sounds like a great method.
I have one female budgie Alaska, I would guess almost a year old but I'm really not sure. I just got a new budgie, Kingston, from the pet store, believing it to be male, but I was wrong and she's a female as well. Once the quarantine is over I'll work on introducing them, but I'm not exactly sure what to do.
Alaska is still much too skittish and scared to leave her cage. I've had her for about a month and even working with her every day she still flies around like crazy if I put a hand into the cage for any reason. How could I work on introducing them when Alaska still isn't really able to leave her cage? (I could leave it open in one room and see if she comes out on her own, but her wings arent clipped and I'm worried she'll fly into something and hurt herself if she gets even a little bit nervous) I'm hoping I'll be able to make at least a tiny bit of progress before quarantine is over, but what if I cant? How should I plan on doing this?
I recently put a new budgie in with my single budgie. They don't fight at all, and just sit side by side. However, I am worried that they are not happy with each other because they don't really interact. They eat together, roost together, etc. but they are very, very quiet and they don't touch each other except to sit beside each other (no beak touching or anything). I rarely hear a sound out of either bird. They have a fairly large cage (36" long by 24" high by 24" deep) with live herbs to chew on, toys, millet, etc. and are near two windows. The original single bird is a female, around 1 1/2 yrs. old and the new one is a baby who's cere is bluish-purple (getting more blue but not totally blue yet). So he might be 8 or 10 weeks old, maybe? They have been together for one day, and I know all of this is new, but should they be so quiet and non-interactive, even so? I worry that I have chosen the wrong friend for my bird. The female has always been quiet, by the way.
I had a interesting time in introducing my birds to each other.
I quarantined my birds and then I let them meet flying around my room in free flight time to let them meet each other for the first time after quarantine was over. They had been call each other from across the house during the whole time they were in quarantine, so I think they were happy to finally meet face to face. They got along really well and at the end of the time I put them back in their respective cages. The next morning I could see my female budgie, Scarlett, was trying to get the cage door open. I thought she was just being silly, so I left for work and when I came back I noticed she was still doing the same thing. So I moved a perch farther back from the door, but that just made it a bit easier for her to try and get the door open.
Finally I just let her out of the cage. She flied straight to my male budgie, Freddie's cage. I let him out just like the day before and they just started preening each other and kissing. It looked like they were making out! It was so weird! When I went to put Freddie away Scarlett just butted right in and they cuddled up on the wooden perch and cooed and cuddled with each other. They have been together ever since (It as been like 3 days). Maybe it is just me but I think they might just be mates. I didn't think it happened that fast but all they do is stare at each other, preen each other, Freddie will regurgitate food to Scarlett, and coo at each other.
They are happy together in the big cage, so I guess it all turned out good in the end. I just hope they hold off on the egg making business. I'm not setting them up for nesting until they are older and I am better prepared for baby budgies! haha
This is very good post! Very educational! I just stuck my new budgie in the old ones cage with him and they hit it off! Right now the hen sonny is sitting on her first egg! But I still don't recommend doing this because I know I got lucky!